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ThermoBuilt Recognized as Top 1% Nationwide by U.S. Department of Energy as Building Innovation Partner

ThermoBuilt Systems, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been accepted by the U.S. Department of Energy as a Zero Energy Ready Home Innovation Partner. This symbol of excellence certifies that ThermoBuilt is helping residential building partners produce cost-effective, high performance energy efficient homes through an exclusive line of products for insulated basements, walls, floors, and roofs.  The result is a home that is more comfortable, healthy, and durable for today’s homeowner. This designation places ThermoBuilt in the top one percent of building partners in the country who are meeting the extraordinary levels of excellence in energy and performance specified in the national program requirements.

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Nature-inspired Water Collection System Wins $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize®

Team NexLoop developed the AquaWeb to help urban local food producers collect, filter, store, and distribute atmospheric moisture with a modular, all-in-one water sourcing and management system.

By 2050, 9 billion people will live on our planet, and 70% of them will live in cities, creating a demand for sustainable local food production solutions. An international team based in New York City has developed a prototype product that mimics the way living systems capture, store, and distribute water, and has been awarded the 2017 $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The challenge is an international design competition and accelerator program that crowdsources nature-inspired climate change solutions. Team NexLoop was awarded the prize at the National Bioneers Conference.

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Food Well Alliance Releases Atlanta’s First Local Food Baseline Report

Food Well Alliance released Atlanta’s first Local Food Baseline ReportOrganization receives $2 million grant from James M. Cox Foundation

At its annual Love Local event, Food Well Alliance released Atlanta’s first Local Food Baseline Report, a snapshot of the social, economic, ecological and nutritional impact of the city’s current local food system. A $2 million grant from the James M. Cox Foundation was also announced at the event.

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Georgia’s Pine Lake City Council Unanimously Passes Resolution Protecting Climate and Forests

Councilwoman Brandy Hall introduces the Stand4Forests Resolution to Build on Pine Lake’s History of Environmental Stewardship

Pine Lake, may be the smallest city in DeKalb County, but it boasts an environmental protection record many larger cities would envy. The City has a long history of protecting the local environment including a wetlands biofiltration initiative that filters stormwater both entering and leaving Pine Lake, the community’s pride and joy. They’ve also recently passed a Climate Action resolution, calling on city planners to identify options for renewable energy for the city in line with the goals of the Paris Accords.

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More Corporate Welfare at Taxpayer Expense for Southern Company’s Struggling Plant Vogtle Nuclear Project

Plant Vogtle Corporate WelfareEnergy Department announces billions more in federal nuclear loan guarantees

In an effort to buoy the only remaining new nuclear construction projection in the country, Southern Company’s sinking Plant Vogtle nuclear expansion project in Georgia, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced conditional approval of an additional $3.7 billion in federal taxpayer-backed nuclear loan guarantees. This is on top of the $8.3 billion in loan guarantees that utility project partners already secured. The DOE reportedly offered an additional $1.67 billion to Southern Co.'s Georgia Power, $1.6 billion to Oglethorpe Power Corp. and $415 million to the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia. 

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Solar group selects installer for Dunwoody

Tina Wilkinson's home recieved a solar installation in the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb program. The installation was preformed by Creative Solar.The Solarize Dunwoody coalition has announced the selection of solar installer Hannah Solar for the Community Solar Campaign that will launch on Sept. 1.

Solarize programs facilitate major savings by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing. For four months businesses, homeowners, non-profit and municipal buildings will be encouraged to undergo a solar evaluation and hopefully sign a contract to install solar. Pricing is based on a tier system; more participation helps to bring the price down for everyone.

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