Strong History, Bright Future: Atlanta at the Forefront of Sustainability

The High Performance Building Summit held in Atlanta on Thursday, March 20, 2014 offered many great presentations and vendors. Denise Quarles, Director of Sustainability, from the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, gave an excellent presentation on Atlanta’s numerous green initiatives on it’s journey to become one of the greenest cities in the country. Here are just… more info

The Response and Promise of New Urbanism

The growth of municipalities in the 19th and 20th century lead to incredible sociological, cultural, economic, and environmental changes to the landscapes of the world. Now, with greater concerns of social cohesion and environmental sustainability, a new school of thought has sprang up that tries to address major issues that arose with the growth of… more info

Does Your Town Have An EcoDistrict?

With a growing concern over environmental sustainability, cities across the country are taking up the torch to try to build more just and cleaner communities. This is where the EcoDistricts program comes in. Starting with a pilot program in Portland, Oregon in 2010, the EcoDistrict program is a public and private partnership to develop new… more info

Global Soap Project

Monday September 24th, Norcross, GA The SIG team donated their time to the Global Soap Project, a non-profit organization that recovers and recycles soap from North American hotels that would otherwise end up in landfills. The soap is donated to vulnerable populations around the world such as refugees, orphans and disaster victims. We chose to work… more info

Turn Down, Turn Off

Any sustainable strategy can only be as successful as the education that accompanies it’s roll-out. Why then, if we’ve been driving cars for over 100 years, does the average driver not understand the impacts of idling cars? To earn an alternative transportation point under LEED for Schools (k-12), student pick-up areas must be identified as ‘no idle… more info