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Walkable Community:

A walkable community is one that encourages pedestrian activity, expands transportation options and creates safe and inviting streets that adequate meet the needs of people with a range of mobility.

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Sustainable Cinema

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April 21 at the Kroc Center: Dinner and a Movie, featuring Switch. What does the future of energy really hold? The movie joins energy visionary Dr. Scott Tinker on a spectacular global adventure to find out.

Switch is the first truly balanced energy film, embraced and supported by people all along the energy spectrum - fossil and renewable, academic and environmental.

The next movie night will be Monday, May 19 at 6:00 at the Kroc Center.

Community Branding

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March 19 at the Kroc Center - Community Branding Workshop – What’s in a brand? What can a community brand do for you and your neighborhood? You’ve seen Arnett Muldrow and Associates at Connections meetings, but you may not have known their specialty is in helping build community cohesion and pride through a unique and fun branding method. Wednesday’s meeting marked the beginning of the workshop week, and Friday revealed completed community brands. View Workshop Video

For more information about Community Branding: See a video crafted by our own Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, that we showed as part of the March Sustainable Cinema.

Market Analysis

March 6 at the Kroc Center - Come learn the results or the in-depth Market Analysis for the West Side. The Market Analysis is taking a closer look at the business environment on the west side, including some of the challenges and opportunities small and expanding businesses face in the area. Additionally, the Market Analysis will look more extensively at the grocery store issue on the west side. What would it really take to attract a healthy food retailer to this “food desert”?
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Speaker and Film Series

The Connections for Sustainability planning project hosts a film and speaker series on topics related to ways in which we can Live, Work, Play, and Grow more sustainably with a focus on the west side. The film and speaker series is an expansion to an adult audience of a larger outreach effort began by Livability Educator, Jaclin Durant, and her sustainability education work with school-aged children at schools and camps throughout the City.

Previous Sustainable Cinema presentations include:

  • Community Branding
  • Health and Green Space
  • Small Business: Shades of Green
  • Bike Night
  • Food Deserts
  • Community Gardens
  • Weight of the Nation
  • Switch
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Previous Sustainable Conversations include:

West Side Fair

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Nov. 2, 2013, at the Kroc Center
The West Side Fall Fair provided an update of the West Side Comprehensive Plan, as well as provided a day of activities and celebration of the West Greenville, West End, and Southernside neighborhoods, talent, and history. It was FUN, and many residents joined us for a free lunch, give-aways, and the following events:

  • West Side Talent Show
  • Local History Show and Tell (bring your own story to share!)
  • a TREEmendous Day celebration of all things related to trees (baby trees available for adoption)
  • Local author, C. Michael Forsyth book reading and signing
  • Upstate History Museum historical characters
  • MobiRec van will be unpacked for play!
  • CPR demonstration with the lovely Resuscitation Annie
  • Plus many cool, fun, and educational booths

Spring & Green Fair

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Spring and Green Fair, April 27, 2013
at the West Greenville Community Center

The Connections for Sustainability Project hosted a Spring & Green Fair to offer tips, tricks, and ideas to help green your life. AJ Whittenberg students, local non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, and more convened at the West Greenville Community Center to explore ways to Live, Work, Play, and Grow Green for Spring!

The Fair featured family friendly activities, information and demonstrations on topics such as gardening, home energy efficiency, recycling, healthy living, and a free lunch and a free lunch with hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, slaw, lemonade and tea provided by the West Greenville neighborhood association.
View Photos from the Fair
Thanks to our vendors: Coder Dojo, Gardening for Good, City of Greenville Stormwater Engineering, SC Safe Routes to School, Surgeons for Sight, Greenville Technical College, Career Skills Now and the City of Greenville Community Development Division.

Furman University Earth Day Festival

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Furman Earth Day, April 20, 2013, at the Furman University Campus
The Connections team attended the Furman University Earth Day Festival, and provided the hundreds of attendees information about the Connections project. Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, led nature walks around the Furman Lake. The event, hosted by Furman’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and the Greenbelt Community, was free and open to the public. The festivities included live music, earth-friendly foods, children’s activities, tours of Furman landmark buildings, a “Water Walk,” and opportunities to chat with experts about sustainable living among other activities.

Sustainability Spotlights

Sustainability spotlight articles highlight tips, tricks, and ideas for ways that you can develop a more sustainable lifestyle at home and on the go. Developed by the Livability Educator, the Sustainability Spotlights appear monthly in the Connections for Sustainability Newsletter. Sign up today to receive the next monthly edition of our enewsletter.

What is the Livability Studio?

The Livability Studio will be a hub for community involvement and provide access to project information during the west side comprehensive planning effort. Workshops, seminars, and project activities will be held through the studio to educate the community on livability and create awareness of urban sustainability.

quotation marks image indicating a quote follows People want certainty and respect just as much as they want involvement.

- Elaine Cogan, Successful Public Meetings: A Practical Guide