EcoDistrict Projects

Energy Audits and Retrofits

A program geared to assisting low income homeowners in the Upper Peninsula to save on monthly utility bills and improve their comfort and quality of life. The program involves energy audits to identify areas of energy waste, and also energy retrofits to fix the identified areas of need, both are free for income qualified homeowners. The Energy Conservation Corps program is ongoing and is managed by the Sustainability Institute, homeowners are encouraged to contact the Sustainability Institute if they are interested in more information.

Project Partners: Sustainability Institute

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Upper Peninsula Zoning District

After over a year of tremendous public input, a new zoning district was approved in 2015 specifically designed for the Upper Peninsula that encourages growth to be sustainable and responsible. The Upper Peninsula Zoning District is incentive based offering height and density bonuses in exchange for added community benefits such as workforce housing, public open space and transportation improvements.

Project Partners: City of Charleston, Sustainability Institute and many other partners contributed

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Charleston RISES™

Charleston RISES™ is a building certification program specific to Charleston that was developed by Building Performance Experts At The Sustainability Institute In Partnership With Green Badger And Many Of The Top Green Building Design Experts In Our Region.

Project Partners: Sustainability Institute, City of Charleston, Green Badger

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Restaurant Composting

A food recovery pilot project intended to divert UP restaurant food waste from being landfilled and direct it toward donation and composting instead.

Project Partners: City of Charleston, Charleston County Environmental Management, Sustainability Institute

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Community Clean Ups

A series of neighborhood cleanups all over the EcoDistrict. All are welcome and encouraged to volunteer and help keep our community clean. In addition, the Sustainability Institute volunteered to adopt a portion of Meeting Street as part of the state’s “Adopt a Highway” program which involves quarterly cleanups.

Project Partners: Keep Charleston Beautiful, Charleston Waterkeeper, Sustainability Institute

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Solar Powered Bus Shelter

A series of neighborhood cleanups all over the EcoDistrict. All are welcome and encouraged to volunteer and help keep our community clean. In addition, the Sustainability Institute volunteered to adopt a portion of Meeting Street as part of the state’s “Adopt a Highway” program which involves quarterly cleanups.

Project Partners: Sustainability Institute, Flyway, Enough Pie

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Community Solar

The Sustainability Institute has received a grant from the Department of Energy to serve 10 low-to-moderate-income (LMI) families in the City of Charleston Upper Peninsula neighborhoods by paying their share to purchase approximately 1 kWh of solar energy (existing community installation) at a cost of $2,250 each in order to access the full benefits of South Carolina Electric and Gas Company’s (SCE&G) community solar program.
Project Partners: Sustainability Institute, SCE&G

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