Restaurant Composting Project UPdate

UP Restaurants Diverted 18 Tons of Food Waste from Landfill in December & January For the past 3 months, 10 Upper Peninsula (UP) restaurants have been demonstrating their commitment to sustainability by participating in a district wide composting program.  These restaurants have also boosted their recycling efforts and are holistically streamlining their waste. Restaurants Participating 1. …


Companies Coworking at Local Works Exceed $16M in 2015 Annual Revenue

2015 Coworking Study Results By: Shari Knight Local Works serves as the hub for over 40 local entrepreneurs with businesses ranging from accountants to artisans. The Local Works space grew quickly in just under two years, which goes to show that like major metropolitan cities, Charleston is expanding its thinking in terms of traditional work …


Program to Retrofit Inefficient Homes with Energy Upgrades is Helping Low Income Households Save

    SHARING THE SUCCESS OF SI’S MARTIN LUTHER KING, J.R, DAY SERVICE PROJECT This January 19th on Martin Luther King J.R. Day, The Sustainability Institute (“SI”) conducted an important service project to benefit low income homeowners living in the Charleston Upper Peninsula. SI understands that many of these residents face significant challenges to operate and maintain …


Upper Peninsula Initiative Progress Update: Winter 2015

Winter 2015 Update Check out our Calendar of Events! On our “Come Play” webpage we feature a calendar full of local happenings and also list information on the restaurants and bars in our study area.  Check it out! http://charlestonup.com/come-play/   We are excited to announce all 8 Strategy Groups are up and running! All 8 …


Upper Peninsula Initiative Progress Update: Summer 2014

As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, development and growth in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula will continue to happen.  But development and growth do not have to be negative if they are implemented the right way. The Upper Peninsula Initiative was formed to invoke thought and discussion around the prospect of not just any old …


Could Your Business or Organization Be More Energy Efficient? The Green Business Challenge Can Help!

“Every dollar that can be shaved off the expenditures side of the budget makes an impact on your bottom line.” That is one reason why many businesses have made efforts to become more energy efficient- but businesses also “go green” because they want to do their part to make their community more sustainable for future …


Getting Around! A Look at Transportation + Mobility for the Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative

Trans·por·ta·tion noun: transportation             the action of transporting someone or something or the process of being transported.   Mo·bil·i·ty noun: mobility             the ability to move or be moved freely and easily. The Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative project, roughly an 865-acre district carved out of Charleston’s upper eastside of the peninsula, has a unique opportunity …


Sustainability Institute Supports Veterans With ECC Program Expansion

The Sustainability Institute (SI) announced this month that it is expanding its Energy Conservation Corps (ECC) operation – in fact, tripling its size over the next 3 years — thanks to new investments from a number of funders (funders to be announced soon). The AmeriCorps-affiliated program – now in its fourth year — has received …


Non-Energy Benefits – The Often Overlooked Benefits of Energy Efficiency

The above picture shows how raingardens in Denver, CO provide an example of community beautification as a Non-Energy Benefit (NEB). As the population of the Charleston Peninsula continues to grow, so too will the aggregate demand for energy and the conveniences that it provides. It is unlikely that anyone would want to forfeit the luxuries …


“Local Works” – A New Coworking Office Space – Opens in the Upper Peninsula

Ideal for small local business owners looking to locate somewhere fun, somewhere that encourages creative collaboration and somewhere affordable- “Local Works” is a new coworking space that opened this week in the Upper Peninsula at the newly re-vamped creative corridor of “1600 Meeting Street”.  (www.1600meeting.com) The 3,100 square feet of communal space is ideal office …