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Historic theatres and nonprofits in Georgia receive grants for green building improvements

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Southface Institute, an environmental and community development nonprofit, has announced the latest partners selected to participate in GoodUse, a grant program designed to guide nonprofits through resource efficiency upgrades with the goal of reducing environmental impact and saving money.
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Southface has selected several historic theatres, as part of Southface’s partnership with the Fox Theatre Institute, along with several schools, social justice organizations, and other community-based nonprofits in the South to participate in the grant program, including in towns across Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.

The Southface Institute GoodUse grantees selected from the state of Georgia vary from theaters to learning institution to charitable organizations. The grantees in Georgia include the following:

  • Acton Academy at Serenbe, Chattahoochee Hills, GA
  • Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
  • Collins Food Pantry, Atlanta, GA
  • Cornerstone Christian Academy, Peachtree Corners, GA
  • Earl and Rachel Smith Strand Theatre, Marietta, GA
  • El Refugio, Lumpkin, GA
  • Friends of Douglass Theatre Complex, Macon, GA
  • Historic DeSoto Theatre Foundation, Rome, GA
  • Koinonia Farm, Americus, GA
  • The Salvation Army Georgia Division, Norcross, GA
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta (UUCA), Atlanta, GA

Grantees in other areas include Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina; First Baptists Church E. 8th Street in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Mount Zion AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina; the Salvation Army Washington NC in Washington, North Carolina; and Southwest Viral Med in El Paso, Texas.

GoodUse has helped these nonprofit organizations reduce operational costs and increase resiliency within the heart of their communities. The money that nonprofits save during the grant program can be reinvested into their core programming. By making green upgrades to their buildings, nonprofits will be able to focus their efforts and funding on serving their communities.

Southface Institute has over 40 years of experience in providing green building infrastructure improvements. The institute has previously worked with Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre to address sustainability practices, identify and implement changes to make the historic building higher performing, improve water and energy use, improve indoor air quality, and reduce waste.

By participating in the GoodUse program, the selected nonprofit grantees have the potential to lower climate pollution like carbon dioxide and methane while improving overall building performance and reducing long-term costs. Grantees receive technical assistance from Southface Institute, education, and matching grants to help them pay for energy and water efficiency improvements and indoor air quality upgrades. The program is funded in partnership with The Kendeda Fund and with the support of The JPB Foundation and others.

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