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Kendeda Building

A structure that produces more energy than it uses? In the deep south? Welcome to the Kendeda building.

The Kendeda building—which opened last fall at Georgia Tech—is both a laboratory for ecosustainability but also a glimpse at a possible future that feels something like empowerment. Maybe even hope.
Sustainable fashion Rochelle Porter Design

Three of our favorite local sustainable fashion brands

Consumers are becoming more aware of how their clothes are produced, sourced, and manufactured and are demanding that brands be more transparent. Here are three Atlanta brands that are giving back to their communities and creating clothing and accessories in an ethical way.
Former President Barack Obama speaks at Greenbuild 2019 in Atlanta

Obama in Atlanta: Addressing income inequality is crucial to environmental sustainability efforts

The 44th President spoke about sustainability at the Greenbuild Expo in Atlanta on Wednesday morning.
Gunshow's Mushroom Tonic cocktail

A cocktail from kitchen scraps: Gunshow’s seasonal tonic makes the most of leftovers

A lemon slice here, a twist of orange there, and a gazillion plastic straws: Bars create a lot of waste. But by phasing out those straws and using the whole fruit, Atlanta bartenders are joining the growing low-waste cocktail movement.

Feet Forward: For this 29-year-old Georgia shoemaker, sustainability comes first

Fast fashion is notoriously wasteful. But for Sara Irvani, the 29-year-old CEO of Third Oak, a new brand from local footwear company Okabashi Brands, sustainability is key.
Renewable Energy

Atlanta leaders want to power the city with 100 percent clean energy by 2035. Can it be done?

Can a growing urban center of Atlanta’s size really part ways with fossil fuels in the next 17 years? Yes, experts say. But it won’t be easy. It'll take a combined effort with local businesses and energy providers such as Georgia Power, the state’s largest utility and the sole electricity provider for metro Atlanta.
Big Ideas

4 grand development ideas that could revolutionize Atlanta

How an aerotropolis, the "Ray" sustainable road, the Gulch redevelopment, and the "Stitch" park over the Connector could change Atlanta.
Edible Bugs

Will Atlanta restaurants soon serve insects? This scientist hopes so.

Eighty percent of the world’s countries already consume insects. They have nutritional benefit—toasted grasshoppers are rich in protein, fatty acids, and iron—and environmental benefits—it takes 2,000 times the amount of water to produce a pound of beef than it does for a pound of crickets.
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Do-good disposal system: Compostwheels

The idea: Conserve your food scraps, and Compostwheels will pick them up and turn them into nutrient-rich soil that they then deliver to nearby farms. That means less food waste going to local landfills and more local food production.
The Living Building at Georgia Tech

The Living Building at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech’s Living Building will take its name literally, generating more energy (via photovoltaic panels) and capturing more water (with a large, underground cistern that stores rainwater) than it uses. Its 43,500 square feet of programmable space will include a 170-seat auditorium, two 75-seat classrooms, seminar rooms, labs, a maker’s space, cafe, and student commons, all topped by a rooftop garden and apiary. Its composting toilets will use tiny amounts of water, and its heating-and-air system will modulate itself.

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