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What is Sustainability?
Sustainability is the process of addressing (1) environmental responsibility, (2) economic development, and (3) social equity in a manner that balances existing demands for products and services with the need to protect and enhance the community’s environmental resources. “Sustainable” is an adjective describing those practices that encompass sustainability in their implementation. Sustainable strategies satisfy the needs of the present, local community while acknowledging and considering how actions impact future generations and global concerns.
The City of Greenville created this online hub to showcase sustainability on three particular
levels, (1) what the City of Greenville is doing to pursue sustainability initiatives
and lead by example, (2) what residents and visitors (like you) can do to support
the cause, and finally (3) what community contributors (local businesses, non-profits, institutions, and
organizations) can do.
On Tuesday, January 24, 2012, the City’s Green Ribbon Advisory Committee hosted their 2nd public workshop. At the workshop they shared the draft goals and strategies developed as the framework for Greener Greenville, a sustainability and climate action plan and gathered additional input. The document presented is the result of months of work done to integrate public input, recommendations from previously adopted City planning documents and the expertise expertise of three ad-hoc committees (Mobility, Recycling & Waste Management, and Energy & Buildings). Those unable to attend the workshop can download the draft document below in-full, or just the goals and strategies. To provide comments and suggestions, follow the survey link; input will be gather at least through February 20, 2012. Collected feedback from the public and City staff will be incorporated as appropriate before Greener Greenville is presented as a formal recommendation to the City Manager and City Council.
Greener Greenville (full document)
Greener Greenville (goals/strategies only)
Public Input Survey
Connections for Sustainability Focuses on the Three E's of Sustainability
In the spring of 2011, the City began a federally funded project focused on the three E's of sustainability:
environment, equity, and economy. Entitled Connections for Sustainability: Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods
to Jobs and Open Space, the project will combine $1.8 million in funding from the US Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) and the US Department of Transportation (DOT) with over $1 million in local and federal investments.
The overarching goal for Connections for Sustainability is to enhance the quality of life for City residents by
establishing connections between affordable housing, transportation options, economic development opportunities,
and open space. The planning effort will include citywide initiatives and a comprehensive plan for the west side.
The planning effort will emphasize significant public involvement and outreach in order to develop a livable community
for the low-income residents most in need of these benefits.
For updates and more information, visit the Connections website
and sign up for
the project's regular newsletter.