SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE INC

Building Better Communities for Tomorrow

aka Southface Institute   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.southface.org

Mission

Southface is speeding the transition to a regenerative economy that supports thriving communities.

Ruling year info

1979

President

Andrea Pinabell

Main address

241 Pine St NE

Atlanta, GA 30308 USA

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EIN

58-1357547

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), building operations account globally for about 28% of carbon emissions annually. Maintaining and optimizing the existing built environment instead of replacing old buildings also helps accelerate the amortization of what is known as “embodied carbon,” or the climate pollution that was generated from buildings’ materials, transportation and construction. The 2007 International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report cites buildings as the most difficult sector from which to mitigate CO2. About two-thirds of today’s buildings will still be in use in 2050, and only a small percentage--1% or less--are renovated each year. If action can’t be achieved at scale, emissions from buildings are expected to double by 2050. It’s a sticky climate challenge in need of scalable, accessible solutions that are realistically achievable even without major policy change.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

GoodUse

Resilient communities also rely on nonprofits to provide services, social connectivity, and vibrancy. Our GoodUse program, with the leadership support of the Kendeda Fund and JPB Foundation, continues to deliver impact by helping nonprofits reduce their costs through regrants to support energy and water efficiency projects. With the money saved on their utility bills, they can direct more funds to their mission-critical work. We also launched a pilot to leverage a groundbreaking financing mechanism called a Solar Energy Purchase Agreement (SEPA) to help the SAE School in Southwest Atlanta become the first net zero school in the state. They were an ideal candidate for the pilot as they completed several rounds of energy efficiency updates with the help of the GoodUse program, and we hope to scale up this solution so we can help other nonprofit organizations in the coming year that would otherwise not be eligible for tax incentive-based programs.

Over ten years, this program has saved nonprofits across 26 states over $16 million, reduced carbon emissions by 89,000 metric tons and water use by 99 million gallons, all while supporting our sister nonprofits, including food banks, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other front line organizations.

Population(s) Served

Equitable, affordable and healthy housing is a key component of resilient communities and Southface has doubled down on this work over the past year. We have recently launched the Healthy, Efficient Residential Environments (HERE) program to comprehensively step up our leadership and create a pathway for scalable impact. In partnership with the Callaway Foundation, we are working on the ground in LaGrange, Georgia to ensure low- and moderate-income housing supports conditions for indoor health while ensuring affordability for residents because they require less energy and water. In Sarasota, we are working on a similar project in partnership with the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation and the Sarasota Housing Authority and will measure residents’ health indicators both pre- and post-rehabilitation. With increasing focus on indoor air quality because of Covid-19, Southface’s research and support in implementing practical solutions are in demand throughout the South and beyond.

We also continued our work with the Kresge Foundation, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Georgia Health Policy Center to rehabilitate 10 public housing sites across the state. Southface is working closely with our partners and the contractors implementing the improvements to prioritize changes that would ensure the biggest reductions in energy and water use and cost to residents, as well as deliver the greatest impact on their health and well-being. We hope to scale this work to Chicago, Memphis and other geographies in the coming year.

Population(s) Served

The Education + Workforce Development team works at the intersection of the built and natural environments and develops the curricula, training and workforce development opportunities for the next generation of the regenerative economy labor force. Our course offerings provide immersive, cutting-edge training that help build careers in sustainability, green/high performance buildings and weatherization. Furthermore, our team aggregates our data collection and connects our local and federal partners with the essential data needed to shape the outcomes of healthy and efficient buildings and communities. Over the last two years, we have worked through the Department of Energy's Building America program to research the effectiveness of low-cost, high performing sensors to improve indoor air quality and worked with the Micro Living Institute to produce a feasibility study on municipal policy and code obstacles related to Accessory Dwelling Units.

In 2019, Southface trained over 2,640 individuals, supporting the development of new skills and increased earning potential for building, engineering, and green infrastructure trades. Additionally, we provided thought-leadership and learning opportunities through substantive events, conferences and other convenings that reached over 1,000 industry professionals.

Population(s) Served
Working poor
Low-income people

Advocacy has been part of the Southface's mission since our inception. Across our programs, we work to make advancements in the areas of resource efficiency, energy equity and renewable energy (including solar advocacy). Additionally, we work to influence housing, building and municipal codes and ordinances to ensure all occupants - owners, renters and occupiers - have access to efficient and healthy buildings and communities. Within this space, we are also leveraging and convening with our university and corporate partners, municipalities and community stakeholders to advocate for a regenerative economy to benefit all. A few examples of this work include:

•Southface is as a core partner for EEFA (Energy Efficiency for All)-Georgia. In Georgia, we work with utilities and cities interested in innovative energy efficiency program designs; provide expert advice to housing finance and development agencies on best practices in owner engagement; and look for ways to integrate more renewable energy at the community level.

•Southface's Atlanta CREW (Climate, Resilience, Environment, Workforce) Program works to increase environmental equity for Atlanta's historically underserved African-American communities by aligning innovative green infrastructure technology, training and workforce development with the environmental and economic needs of the community. As a result of our efforts, by mid-2020 we are training 60 un/underemployed residents in green infrastructure (GI) installation and operations/management best management practices. Additionally, eight GI projects of varying scale and application will be completed.

•As an active participant in both Georgia Power's Integrated Resource Plan and Demand Side Management working group, Southface continues to advocate for energy efficiency (e.g. energy conservation and demand side management and low-income weatherization) and renewable energy. For 2019, Southface is one of the only organizations with on-the-ground experience and data to back up advocacy efforts in the areas of multifamily low-income energy efficiency programs and the benefits of whole-building data.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals include:
1) improving the resource efficiency and conditions for indoor health of low- and moderate-income homes aqnd workplaces, particularly in underserved communities and in the nonprofit sector where we can have the greatest impact on social determinants of health while having maximum impact on carbon emissions.
2) advocating for the policy and regulatory changes necessary to advance the regenerative economy, including policies that encourage resource efficiency, address energy equity and incetivize renewable energy. We also work to influence housing, builidng and numicipal codes and ordienances to ensure all occupants have access to efficient and healthy buildings and communities. We also support net zero and clean energy planning strategies at the municipal level to help communities move toward a low-carbon future.
3) training the next generation of the green workforce, delivering the skills that help to reduce resource use from the built environment and reduce carbon emissions, while providing economic opportunity for skilled workers.

1) Partner with key stakeholders, including public housing agencies and private developers to scale our HERE work and impact more low- and moderate-income families
2) Scale up our GoodUse program to impact even more nonprofit partners annually by bringing on additional portfolio partners (like Feeding America foodbanks and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America)
3) Expanding our organizational footprint to Sarasota, Florida through a strategic partnership with Florida House Institute
4) Expand our online training offerings to provide safe and accessible skill and professional development despite the pandemic

Southface continues to develop and refine our ambition for impact, with a new mission and vision, a refreshed set of program priorities, and an eye toward scaling our impact. We are investing in our staff to level-up our team, and expanding our reach through strategic partnerships, mergers, and a growing network of partners to accomplish our goals.

Resilient communities also rely on nonprofits to provide services, social connectivity, and vibrancy. Our GoodUse program, with the leadership support of the Kendeda Fund and JPB Foundation, continues to deliver impact by helping nonprofits reduce their costs through regrants to support energy and water efficiency projects. With the money saved on their utility bills, they can direct more funds to their mission-critical work. We also launched a pilot to leverage a groundbreaking financing mechanism called a Solar Energy Purchase Agreement (SEPA) to help the SAE School in Southwest Atlanta become the first net zero school in the state. They were an ideal candidate for the pilot as they completed several rounds of energy efficiency updates with the help of the GoodUse program, and we hope to scale up this solution so we can help other nonprofit organizations in the coming year that would otherwise not be eligible for tax incentive-based programs. Over ten years, Southface's GoodUse program has saved nonprofits across 26 states over $16 million, reduced carbon emissions by 89,000 metric tons and water use by 99 million gallons, all while supporting our sister nonprofits, including food banks, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other front line organizations.

Also, In 2019, Southface impacted 2,565 low- and moderate-income families, making their homes more energy and water efficient, more affordable, and improving conditions for indoor health and well-being. Our focus on low- and moderate-income families seeks to address the underlying factors of the social determinants of health, helping to advance equity, resilience and economic mobility in underserved communities while also making significant strides in reducing carbon emissions and water use.

Additionally, Southface trained over 2,640 individuals in the past year, supporting the development of new skills and increased earning potential for buildiing, engineering, and green infrastructure trades. Additionally we provided thought-leadership and learning opportunities through substantive events, conferences and other convenings that reached over 1,000 industry professionals.

Financials

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SOUTHFACE ENERGY INSTITUTE INC

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Boyle

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Linda Bolan

Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Chris Boyle

Cox Automotive, Inc.

Barry Goldman

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.

Tyrone Rachal

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John Hinton

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Laura Marlow

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Paula McEvoy

Perkins + Will

MaKara Rumley

Hummingbird

Will Sellers

Food Well Alliance

Nikki Walker

The Coca Cola Company

Liz York

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Keith Douglas

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George Buchanan

2KB Energy Services

Dave Radlmann

Urban Eco Group

John Lanier

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/07/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data