Grants To Green

At Bobby Dodd Institute (BDI), we are committed to “going green”. We know that adopting greener practices and policies, conserving energy, and building green can not only positively impact our organization’s energy use and efficiency, but also positively impact the environment and the communities in which we live and work.

Through Grants to Green awards from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we assessed our Robert J. Freeman campus’ energy use and are now implementing recommendations from Southface for how to improve efficiency. Our goal is to achieve 5% energy cost savings and to invest those savings into career planning, job training, and job connections services that have the most direct impact on the job seekers with disabilities we serve.

Through this award, we will:

  • Replace existing warehouse lighting with LED fixtures
  • Replace warehouse windows with energy efficient windows
  • Weatherize/re-seal warehouse doors
  • Replace our 9-ton Carrier HVAC unit with an ENERGY STAR HVAC unit
  • Replace our water heaters with ENERGY STAR water heaters

Launched in 2008, Grants to Green gives nonprofits the opportunity to renovate or build healthier work places that are energy and water efficient and environmentally efficient and provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits in the Atlanta region. The founding partners of Grants to Green are the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta ( providing expertise in grantmaking, and Southface ( providing expertise in energy efficiency.

Ability One Georgia Enterprises United Way