Southface, an Atlanta-based nonprofit devoted to promoting sustainable homes, workplaces and communities throughout the Southeast, recently held its 20th annual Greenprints conference, which provided a forum for innovative sustainability initiatives.
At the conference, Southface presented 2018 Fulcrum Awards to four projects that exemplified excellence in sustainable design, construction, planning and advocacy. This year’s award recipients are:
- Georgia State University’s Leafy Green Machine, which produces 4,500 pounds of leafy green vegetables in a 40-foot space;
- Live Thrive Atlanta’s Center for Hard to Recycle Materials, the metro area’s first permanent drop-off facility for recyclables and items that are not currently collected via curbside recycling programs;
- Georgia Tech’s Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design, which will be the region’s first to be designed for adherence to the world’s most rigorous building performance standards;
- The Len Foote Hike Inn, a backcountry lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park and gateway to the Appalachian Trail that has worked to protect natural resources and greatly reduce its carbon footprint.
Photo of a design-thinking charrette during at the 20th annual Greenprints conference on sustainability. The charrette convened residents, community leaders and innovators from different parts of the city to explore opportunities and resources that can improve quality of life in the region. Provided by Southface.