Giving back is a way of life for some people. You know them. You hang out with them. Some of them are your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. They don’t drive Bentlys, have golden parachutes, or wear Armani. Instead, they quietly go about making our communities better places to live.
In Charleston, and especially in our sustainability scene, there are hundreds if not thousands of volunteers who are making a difference every day. They teach your kids at the South Carolina Aquarium, clean-up our beaches with the Coastal Conservation League, and help protect our rivers and marshes with Charleston Waterkeeper. Why – because they have heart.
Does this sound like someone you know? If so, now’s your chance to help. The CTK Foundation “Heroes with a Heart” Grant Award asks YOU to nominate a “Hero with a Heart,” and give them a chance to win $5,000 – a simple thanks for the hard work that they do.
It’s been a while since we updated the Go Green Charleston Local Guide, and we’ve got a ton of new additions for you. Thanks for helping us keep the directory curated with top-notch local green options. With over 150 entries and new categories, we’re excited to see the local scene grow by leaps and bounds.
Here are fourteen new additions to the Local Guide – Give ’em some love!
- Avani Concepts – sustainable building and concrete
- Eco-Deco – eco-friendly paints & flooring
- WOK – World Oriental Kitchen – sustainable dining
- The Dust Bunnies – local green cleaning
- Earth Friendly Landscapes – sustainable landscaping
- MUSC Farmers Market – downtown local food
- Green Street Logistics – eco-friendly delivery services
- Healthy Home Foods – green food delivered to your door
- Stubbs, Muldrow, Herin Architects – LEED certified
- Charleston Waterkeeper Blog – protecting your water
- Little Fish Blog – local green thoughts
- bluesphere: Earth Art Expo – sustainable local art
- The Lap Log – eco-friendly iPad accessories
- Biohabitats – ecological restoration
If your organization or business should be on our guide, just let us know.
Yes, you read that correctly: Charleston County Recycling is now accepting all plastics for curbside pickup!
This means you can start throwing plastics labeled #3, #4, #5, #6, and #7 into your blue bin along with the #1 and #2 plastics. They will accept all plastics except plastic wrap, plastic bags, and Styrofoam (all things you can easily avoid using with minimal effort). And don’t forget, they also started accepting cardboard for curbside pickup in April – epic awesomeness!
If you’re struggling to find green ways to keep your property looking nice, or just looking for new ideas to expand your eco-landscaping repertoire, the Tri-County Carolina Yard Experience might be the perfect event for you (March 13, 9-2pm, Charleston Exchange Park)
Tri-County Carolina Yard Experience is based on the Carolina Yards & Neighborhoods program, which helps people work WITH the environment around their property – not against it. Sounds cool! >> Continue reading ‘The Tri-County Carolina Yard Experience’
Back in October we blogged about Brian Sheehan, Charleston’s new sustainability director. The community was, and still is, excited to have someone focused on greening up our fair city. Well, Brian and his team have been hard at work, and are about to unleash the Charleston Business Challenge!
The Green Business Challenge will help local businesses, property owners, and residents focus on sustainability and become more energy efficient. This pilot program will kick off later this year, and they are asking interested parties to sign up soon (technically by January 21, but I’m sure they’d budge on that deadline a little). The competition format will benchmark local businesses and conclude with awards handed out by Mayor Joe Riley. This is a great chance to green up your business AND get a little recognition. Details after the jump >> >> Continue reading ‘Are You Ready for the Green Office Challenge?’
Like a lot of you, we try to buy local seasonal food as often as possible. Sometimes when cruising the Farmers Market or Whole Foods, it’s hard to tell what is actually seasonal AND local. And then there’s the problem of what to do with certain items, as any participant in the Ambrose CSA will tell you (I’m from Indiana – collards are what again?)
Thank goodness Cameron over at Cottage Industrialist has the same problem AND enough gumption to do something about it. Check out this amazing local seasonal food calender that you can print out and enjoy for free! It features produce that is seasonally available locally for each month, but also gives you recipe ideas and encouragement (Only two more months of Winter!) Be sure to check it out and get cooking!
Happy New Year everyone! We thought we’d kick off 2010 with a few new additions to the Go Green Charleston Local Guide. Thanks for helping us keep the directory curated with top-notch local green options. With over 150 entries and new categories, we’re excited to see the local scene grow by leaps and bounds.
Here are six new additions to the Local Guide – Give ’em some love!
- Artisan Clay Interiors & Painting – all-natural sustainable walls
- EcoBilt Energy Systems – residential and commercial alt energy
- GreenBy3 – sustainability consulting for businesses
- Green Roof Outfitters – sustainable roofing
- Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Mount Pleasant – LEED!
- Sustainable Energy Solutions – clean energy technology
If your organization or business should be on our guide, just let us know.
This baby toy from Vulli would be a great gift for that green rug rat in your life, especially if they are teething. Sophie the Giraffe, as she has been known since 1961, is produced manually in France with 100% natural rubber derived from the hevea tree. Our 10-month-old girl definitely found it soothing, and was excited when it would squeak from time to time. You can definitely tell the rubber is natural, as it has a soft, almost moist feel to it. As an added bonus, it came in sustainable packaging. Green-wise, the only problem I see here is that it is imported all the way from France.
For the last few years, the Charleston Green Committee has been working hard to keep the city focused on sustainability. Earlier this year, the Committee finalized the Charleston Green Plan (download), a comprehensive set of studies, ideas, and recommendations to improve the city’s sustainability.
On Tuesday, December 15th, the Plan goes in front of the Charleston City Council in hopes that its recommendations are adopted. The Council is already hearing from those that oppose the plan, so it’s crucial for all local greenies to come out in support of the Plan. This is a great opportunity to really make a difference, and let the City Council hear from those of us that believe a sustainable future is one to reach for.
Please consider doing one or all of the following:
- Sign the online petition
- Go old school and start a paper petition
- Write a letter to City Council members (samples)
- Write a letter from your organization (samples)
- Email the City Council members (contact info)
- Come to the 12/15 meeting!
Today is National Philanthropy Day, so I thought this would be a great chance to call attention to the amazing green nonprofits that serve our local community. Whether you give your time, energy, or money to these organizations, you’re helping to keep our local community sustainable, clean, green, and efficient. Please take the time today to consider making a donation or committing to volunteering with one of these fine local nonprofits:
- Charleston Moves
- Charleston Parks Conservancy
- Charleston Waterkeeper
- Coastal Conservation League
- Fields to Families
- Lowcountry Earth Force
- Lowcountry Local First
- Sea Island Habitat for Humanity
- South Carolina Aquarium
- SC Green
- SC LEEP
- The Sustainability Institute
- The Sustainable Warehouse
Happy dogooding everyone!