Lori Bork Newcomer, principal of Bork Architectural Design and a founding member of the USGBC chapter in Athens, Georgia, takes her own advice when it comes to sustainable design. Her residence is the first home in Athens—and only the seventh in the state—to earn LEED Platinum certification. Newcomer used a passive solar design in the south-facing structure that incorporated a vaulted ceiling in the living room and large triangular windows in the front gable. That gable helps the home blend in with the neighboring hitched-roof cottages, many of which were built in the early 1900s, while the more modern design components—along with the second story—are tucked back into the rear of the structure. The home’s other green features include a high-efficiency wood-burning stove and a 1,100-gallon rainwater cistern.