FODAC Honored as a Top Green Company in Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge

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Solar panels on FODAC's roof

Solar panels on FODAC’s roof

TUCKER GA (31 October 2019) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) will be honored as an ABBC 2018 Top Performer in the upcoming Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge Celebration (ABBC), scheduled for Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. In addition to being recognized with the Atlanta facilities whose efforts over the past year produced the highest levels of energy and water savings, FODAC will also be accepting the 2018 Nonprofit Leadership MVP Award.

In partnership with the City of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, Southface, Midtown Alliance and Livable Buckhead, the Atlanta Better Buildings Challenge is a public/private voluntary initiative to reduce energy and water consumption by at least 20 percent by 2020 across the Atlanta area. Led by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resilience, the program supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s goals to create jobs and make buildings more energy efficient. This year’s ceremony will celebrate ABBC participants like FODAC meeting the savings goals two years early.

In 2016, FODAC’s capital campaign not only paid off the mortgage on its corporate headquarters and warehouse but also provided the funding for a series of energy-efficient upgrades to its building. FODAC worked with the Grants to Green (now GoodUse) initiative to leverage matching funds to undergo a building audit, implement retrofits, and benchmark its pre- and post-implementation energy and water usage. Water savings were realized with a number of upgrades including installation of low-flow aerators on all facility faucets. The energy-efficient upgrades included installation of wireless thermostats, seven new high-efficiency HVAC units, replacement of all lighting with LED bulbs and motion sensor controls, and the installation of 100 kw solar panels on the facility roof. The facility upgrades accounted for a 32% reduction of energy costs over a one-year period – or over $15,000 which goes directly to support the organization’s mission.

Since its founding in 1987, FODAC has operated as a “green” company; its mission to provide home medical equipment (HME), such as wheelchairs and hospital beds, is supplied primarily through collection, refurbishment and redistribution of used HME. Its reuse and recycling of DME keeps over 400 tons of metal and batteries out of landfills on an annual basis.

“Going green may make us a more responsible member of the Atlanta business community but it also makes us a more responsible member of the charitable community,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “By significantly reducing our energy costs, we are helping not only to ensure a more sustainable future for Atlanta, but also to ensure the sustainability of our organization by shifting more funding to the fulfillment of our mission.”

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About FODAC
For over 30 years, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) has helped people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 400 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. Since 2014, FODAC has maintained a 4-star rating, the highest, with Charity Navigator, a watch dog agency that evaluates and rates over 9,000 of the nation’s charities.

In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of HME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.

For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit fodac.org, or follow FODAC on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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