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Hilton Head, are you there?

Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Dana Beach Over the years the Conservation League has worked with cities and counties to plan collaboratively with an eye toward environmental protection.  One of the first counties to take up the comprehensive planning mantel was Beaufort, in the mid-1990s.  But the road has not always been smooth. A major challenge came from what we called “rogue” towns that, at the behest of developers, annexed property with the explicit goal of undermining stronger county zoning…

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GrowFood Carolina Celebrates Five Years!

Monday, September 26, 2016 10984146_988108827898228_2765843656913481714_n

What a fabulous evening! As we reflect on the last five years, we are inspired by how far we have come and grateful for all of the support. As we look to the future, we are excited to build a stronger and broader group of advocates and donors, and sustain our mission long-term through continued growth. Maintaining our momentum is critical as we approach the next five years, and all of…

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Small Talk, Big Ideas: Vince Graham

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On a recent episode of Small Talk, Big Ideas on OHM Radio, our Land Use Director and Staff Attorney Natalie Olson talked with State Transportation Infrastructure Bank Chairman Vince Graham about how the Lowcountry can grow smarter, where we build our roads, and how Charleston can grow smarter.

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Fewer bags. More wolves, and flytraps. “We have run out of ammunition, so we must think (and operate traffic lights with plungers).”

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Folks, Last week I described the news as a mixed bag. This week I’ll describe it as a (literal) bag. In this excellent overview by the Post and Courier’s Abigail Darlington, you will learn that single use plastic bag bans in South Carolina are attracting national attention. http://www.postandcourier.com/20160730/160739959/charleston-folly-beach-consider-curbing-plastic-bag-use-could-bring-national-fight-to-sc This comes both from conservationists and coastal communities concerned about the rising tide of plastic in the ocean and the terrestrial environment, and from the plastic bag industry, who…

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Victory for bicycle commuters. I-526 chaos. The root of the problem. The Lowcountry from above. Buckets of fish.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Folks, This week’s news is a mixed bag — success and chaos, root causes and aerial insights, and a bucket list of fish. The Post and Courier reports that the Charleston City Council did the right thing with the Ashley River bridge, by the slimmest of margins.  The Council voted 7-6 in favor of devoting one out of seven lanes on Highway 17 across the Ashley to bicycles and pedestrians. Remarkably, in spite of the years spent analyzing…

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To fix or to build anew. To bike or not to bike. Backpedaling on transportation?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Folks, In spite of, or perhaps exemplified by, the Legislature’s action on highway funding this session — they rejected a gas tax increase, approved spending $200 million in one time funds on transportation improvements, and substantially reformed the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank — the tug of war between new highway construction, (eg. I-526 to Johns Island), and repairing the existing road system continues.  On one side, the vast majority of South Carolina residents, businesses, conservation groups, low-tax and good…

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GrowFood Carolina in Paste Magazine!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stephanie Burt, a Charleston based writer, and host of the podcast The Southern Fork, recently dropped by the warehouse to chat with our General Manager Sara Clow. Here is a preview of their conversation about connecting local eaters with local farmers. If you like to read more, check out the full interview in Paste. Paste: Besides the obvious (food), why…

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Beating Goliath. Beating Goliath twice. Lines in the sand. Courage on Climate. Goose the manatee.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Folks, Beautiful is the best way to describe Acacia Mack’s description of her childhood home on James Island Creek.  Ms. Mack, whose family has lived in a bucolic family compound on James Island for more than three generations, says it is her “Battery, Waterfront Park and Pineapple all wrapped up in one.”  Diane Knich writes in the Post and Courier that the I 526 extension would have obliterated this small community of relatives and neighbors, passing within 80 feet of the modest…

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I-526, the power of imagination, and the future of the Lowcountry. The taming of the STIB. Sunshine brings clouds over Charleston.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Folks, This was a banner week for transportation in South Carolina.  On Thursday, after more than a decade of blood, toil, sweat and tears on the part of concerned citizens and the Conservation League, the State Transportation Infrastructure Bank (STIB) voted to withdraw funds for the I-526 extension to John’s Island.  The demise of this project, which had become the most expensive highway in South Carolina’s history, has the potential to launch a fresh, new discussion about transportation planning. It…

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The Laurel Island Project

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Today in The Post and Courier, Warren Wise wrote about proposed development on Laurel Island, between Morrison Drive and the Cooper River, north of the Ravenel Bridge. Jeff Speck, a city planner, author and consultant helping the developer assemble a team of planners, called Laurel Island the “best developable site on the East Coast.” “It’s 160 acres of unbounded opportunity,” said Speck, who in 2012 wrote “Walkable City: How…

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