Leaders of the Effort

A partnership between the City of Charleston and the Sustainability Institute manage the effort.

A Steering Committee guides the implementation of the Upper Peninsula Initiative and shapes the plan.  

Steering Committee Members

Stakeholders include residents, business owners, non-profit organizations, developers and government who all collaboratively work together.

  • Bryan Cordell: Executive Director, The Sustainability Institute
  • Christopher Morgan: Planning Manager, Planning and Sustainability Division, City of Charleston
  • David Johnston: Managing Director, The Law Offices of L.W. Cooper
  • Don Cameron: President & CEO, Charleston Housing Authority
  • Dwayne Mitchell: Owner, Local 616 and Resident
  • Harry Lesesne: Executive Director, Charleston Parks Conservancy
  • Jacob Lindsey: Director, Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability, City of Charleston
  • Julie Hensley: Director of Planning, Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission
  • Kate Nevin: Founder, Enough Pie
  • Katie McKain: Senior Planner, Planning and Sustainability Division, City of Charleston
  • LeGrand Elebash: Project Executive for Lorelei, North American Properties
  • Lindsay Nevin: President, Flyway Construction
  • Martin Pence: Resident
  • Mary Gatch: Owner, Dwellsmart
  • Michael Wooddy: Raven Cliff Company, LLC
  • Robert M. Mitchell: District Four Councilmember, Resident
  • William Dudley Gregorie: District Six Councilmember


The Steering Committee is responsible for:

Engaging other community members
Developing the EcoDistrict vision
Establishing a governance structure
Assessing district conditions to determine project priorities
Managing implementation of EcoDistrict projects

Task Forces

Task Forces are subcommittee groups representing each of the 8 Strategic Performance Areas.  Each group conducts assessments and research, set goals, develop strategies to reach the goals, propose projects and then support project implementation, and conduct ongoing monitoring to measure progress.  A group of about 12 subject matter experts, representing residents, business owners, developers, non profits and government, has formed around each of the 8 Strategies.


Our partners are truly trailblazers for sustainable change – supporting our work while also changing our communities for the better through their own commitments, practices and services.

Partners are businesses and organizations that participate in the on-going work and champion the Upper Peninsula Initiative.  Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a partner.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

“Successful leaders see the opportunities in every difficulty rather than the difficulty in every opportunity.”

– Reed Markham

Get Involved

Get Involved

These types of planning initiatives work best when people in the community invest their time and expertise. If you live, work or play in the Upper Peninsula area and feel you have something to contribute to this initiative, we would love to hear from you.