2015 Winner of Ronald M. Carvalho Memorial Scholarship

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WASHINGTON, DC – On June 1, 2015, Michael Carvalho presented the 13th Annual Ronald M. Carvalho Environmental Policy Award & Scholarship for outstanding EnvironMentors Project. The recipient of this years award is Xui Chen for her project entitled, “The Effects of Copper on the Fecundity of Caenorhabditis elegans”. Ms. Chen attends The School Without Walls in Washington, DC. and represents the Washington, DC Chapter of EnvironMentors.

For more information about the EnvironMentors program, please visit www.ncseonline.org

Solar Bill HB 57 & Solar Power Update

Solar Bill HB 57 has unanimously passed both the Georgia House and Senate. Georgia homeowners and business owners will now have the choice to install solar systems on their property without upfront costs. Southface worked with the utility, solar industry and other clean energy advocates to get this historic legislation passed. The use of free-market tools, not previously available in Georgia, greatly expands the solar options for Georgia consumers. It is a new day for rooftop solar in Georgia.

Solar Power Southeast
Southface is a proud partner of Solar Power Southeast, a one-and-a half day regionally-focused event that will address forward-looking and in-depth discussions on policy, regulatory and technical topics facing the industry in the Southeastern United States, with a particular focus on Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas. The event will be held on May 7-8 in Atlanta.

To register for this event, please go to: Solar Power Events and enter discount code SPSE15SF to receive a 15 percent discount. Registration prices increase this Friday, April 3, so register today!

Southface Update: SART tomorrow

Atlanta is the number two metropolitan market for electric vehicles (EVs) in the nation, largely due to state subsidies above the national average, electric power prices below the national average and access to carpool lanes on congested highways. Georgia Power’s $12 million “Get Current” program, which incentivizes property owners to construct new EV charging stations, is contributing to further market expansion. 

As the market for EVs continues to expand, so does the need for standard practices and protocols among EV drivers. Join us to discuss the market for EVs in Georgia as well as how we can foster EV driver behavior that will help the market flourish.  

To register for this event, please go to:  SART Tomorrow

Buyer Beware: Investigate Historic Use of Property

All property owners – residential, commercial and industrial – should investigate the historic use of property prior to committing to purchase using all appropriate inquiry under the circumstances of the transaction. Caveat Emptor (“buyer beware”) is an important legal concept that can hold the buyer and other responsible parties liable for hazardous substances on their property. The level of inquiry may vary given the nature of the transaction, lender requirements, etc., but national standards are available to determine the scope of any assessment. It is also critical to consider how the transaction is structured in terms of disclosures (e.g. representations by the Seller) and warranties that may attempt to limit the Seller’s exposure. According to this article, a division of national homebuilder Pulte Homes, denied responsibility for burying construction debris in the family’s backyard in Tampa, FL. Local news media claims that Pulte told them it “wasn’t responsible for the (homeowners) home which was built in 1990.” It should be noted that – in some parts of the U.S. – it was legal to bury construction related debris on-site, although such conduct is clearly not something most buyers would accept and has since been outlawed. Purchasers should retain the legal services of counsel familiar with such issues so that they can be addressed in the context of the purchase and sale agreement.

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