Southeast Green - Business depends on the environment and the environment depends on business

Tax Deductions for Commercial Buildings

A tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot is available to owners or designers of new or existing commercial buildings that save at least 50% of the heating and cooling energy of a building that meets ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001. Partial deductions of up to $.60 per square foot can be taken for measures affecting any one of three building systems: the building envelope, lighting, or heating and cooling systems. These tax deductions are available
for systems "placed in service" from January 1, 2006 through December 31,2013. can help you with this.

Facts about Car Idling

Each day, Americans waste 3.8 million gallons of gas by voluntarily idling their cars.  Ten minutes of idling equals 90 grams of pollutants.  Check out next month's newsletter for more facts about idling.

Federal Energy Tax Incentives Extended

The Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives originally enacted in 2005 and set to expire  in 2008 have been extended. The commercial buildings tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for energy efficiency has been extended to 2013. 

The residential tax credit for efficient furnaces, boilers, air conditioners, water heaters, and insulation and window upgrades has been extended but only for improvements installed in 2009, so hold off on anything you were planning to do in your home this yearp>The new law also extends tax incentives for wind, solar, geothermal and energy conservation. These include both business tax credits for investing in energy conservation measures and homeowner tax credits for installing renewables.

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Over 300 Buckhead Commuters are doing it, are you?

Each weekday morning, these commuters wake up, get in their cars and bypass the gas stations.  They meet up with co-workers and/or other local Buckhead employees, get on the highway and laugh as they zoom through the angry drivers in traffic because they are the HOV lanes.  How are they doing this, you ask?  They are vanpooling and you can too.  It's's smart...and it's easy.  BATMA will even pay you to do it! Join one today.

The Story of Stuff

It is really important information and I think you will agree. It is very well done and is something that we all need to take seriously. I especially like the section on what drives  consumption…interesting!

Story of Stuff

Environmentally-Focused Photography Blog

Established Atlanta-based photographer Patrick Williams is working to “green” the photography industry in the Southeast and beyond. His recently launched Eco Photog Blog,, is Patrick’s first step in offering inspiration and tips to aspiring green photographers.

Patrick is the founder and operator of PWP Studio, based in Atlanta, where he specializes in weddings and corporate event photography. Over the past few years, Patrick started a green initiative at his studio and in everything he does. For example, he reuses all boxes and shipping materials and recycles whenever possible, uses print paper and photo albums created from 100% recycled materials, has replaced paper address and logo stickers with reusable polymer stamps with soy-based inks, and he has implemented the use of carbon neutral transportation to provide deliverables to his clients.

Patrick has partnered with two other green photographers, Tina Carter (Chicago) and Jacklyn Greenberg (New Haven , Conn.), to create a green photography association -- that would be the first of its kind-- to encourage other photographers to implement environmentally friendly practices into their studios. The association will offer encouragement and resources to other photographers who wish to minimize the impact of studio operations and to modify their photography processes by using renewable and sustainable resources.
In addition, Patrick and his partners will soon open an online store that will provide consumers and future association members with eco-friendly photography supplies and equipment. Patrick hopes to drive awareness and support for green photography, the association and upcoming store through the Eco Photog Blog -


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