Grants to Green
Elks Aidmore is in the initial stages of implementing agency-wide conservation efforts to reduce energy and water consumption and costs. As a first step, Elks Aidmore applied for a Grants to Green assessment grant through The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta. Grants to Green provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits. The Community Foundation, in partnership with Southface, gives metro Atlanta nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are energy, water and environmentally efficient. Southface, a non-profit founded in 1978, offers a wide variety of green building and sustainability programs and services, all of which are based on sound science. Through this partnership, Grants to Green has impacted over 147 nonprofit organizations in the 23-county metro-Atlanta region. The ultimate goal is to improve a nonprofit organization’s building structure to not only have less of an environmental impact, but also to increase the cost-efficiency of operations, ideally saving more finances to provide more services. This particular assessment grant, awarded to Elks Aidmore in late 2014, will identify ways in which the agency can reduce energy consumption in the central administration building. Findings from the assessment project will be used to identify other areas of the 141-acre campus that can be impacted by implementing energy and water saving measures.