Sustainable Conservation: Majora Carter on "Home(town) Security"
Monday, Nov. 18, 6:30-8 pm at the Kroc Center -
Majora Carter is an urban revitalization strategist, MacArthur Genius Fellow, and Peabody Award winning radio broadcaster. Her clients include: the US State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the EPA, Whole Foods Market, FreshDirect.com, and the Outdoor Industry Association, and Carter explores the connection between our re-urbanizing society and how American communities experience their "environment."
As opposed to "Homeland Security" which focuses resources on statistically less significant threats from abroad, Majora's Home(town) Security starts by looking at how we strengthen our interconnected economic fabric at the neighborhood level.
West Side Fall Fair | November 2 at the Kroc Center
The West Side Fall Fair will provide an update of the West Side Comprehensive Plan currently underway, as well as provide a day of activities and celebration of the West Greenville, West End, and Southernside neighborhoods, talent, and history. It is going to be FUN!!
Join us for a free lunch, give-aways, and the following events:
West Side Plan Workshop Wrap-Up
- 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
September 5, 6:00 to 7:30, Kroc Center– See the results of the west side inventory and analysis, including all of the work done over the week-long design workshop. Whether you attended any of the activities in August or not, this is a good meeting to attend to make sure the consultants have it right.
More Information on West Side
Sustainable Cinema: Health and Green Space
Parks and green spaces are important not only for the environmental benefits they provide, such as cleaner water and diverse wildlife, but also for the benefits they provide for our health. Some of the benefits are more obvious, such as the exercise we get when we play or walk in a park. Less obvious may be the many psychological benefits we derive from seeing or spending time in these environments. This month's Sustainable Cinema will delve deep into these green urban spaces to reveal the many health benefits they provide.
Sustainable Conservation: Physical Activity and Built Environment
Lunch and Learn, Tuesday, September 12 from 12:00 to 1:30 at the Kroc Center. Most people know the Swamp Rabbit Trail as a fun source for recreation and exercise. Did you know it's also an economic development success story? Dr. Julian Reed, professor at Furman University, will share findings from the Impact Study on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. This is the second year of the study, and shows the trail continues to see increased usage and deliver economic benefits along its corridor. Additionally, Dr. Reed will talk with us about his research into the impact of built environmental on physical activity.
Sustainable Cinema: Small Business, Shades of Green
Small Business and entrepreneurship is working across the nation to innovate new and exciting goods and services to make our lives easier, healthier, more productive, and more sustainable. In this exciting series of short films, we will take a closer look at small businesses and how they deal with the triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet. Join us for free popcorn and healthy snacks as part of the monthly Sustainable Cinema series, brought to you by the City of Greenville and the Connections for Sustainability project.
Sustainable Speaker: Small Business and Entrepreneurship – Panel Discussion | Monday, Oct. 28
Are you a new start-up business looking for ideas about how to move your business to the next level? Or, perhaps you are someone who has an idea for a business venture,
but you're looking for ideas about how to start. If so, this lunch and learn is for you! Join the Connections team as we talk with:
- Bruce Forbes with SHARE, a local expert in matters related to workforce training
- David Esch, local mentor with SCORE, a non-profit organization that pairs new entrepreneurs with successful business leaders
- Latrice Folkes, owner of LifeIt Cafe, a recent small business success story in Greenville
Bring your questions and learn what resources are available to help your small business. This free lunch and learn will be at the Kroc Center, from Noon to 1:30 pm, Oct. 28. It is part of the monthly Sustainable Conversations series, brought to you by the City of Greenville and the Connections for Sustainability project.
Safe City Celebration
The Connections Team participates in the Safe City Celebration!
We Made the News!
Greenville News, July 31, 2013, West Greenville gets new name, holds celebration
Greenville News, July 31, 2013, Greenhouse made of used plastic bottles called symbol of city's push for sustainability
Greenville News, July 29 2013, Greenville mayor to head group to dedicate new greenhouse at A.J. Whittenberg
Greenville News, April 6, 2013, Greenville Among Winners of New TD Forestry Grant
Greenville Journal, March 7, 2013, Public Gets First Glimpse at Park Possibilities
Examiner, March 5, 2013, Help Plan the Swamp Rabbit Trail Park
WSPA, Feb. 28, 2013, Plans for a New City Park
Greenville News Online, Feb. 28, 2013, City wants public's view on park plans
Greenville News Online, Feb. 14, 2013, Greenville seeks ideas for next downtown park
Upstate Biz, Sept. 20, 2012, EPA Announces 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards
EPA, Sept. 19, 2012, EPA Announces 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards
Smart Growth America, Sept. 12, 2012, Smart growth stories: Growth that benefits all residents on Greenville, SC’s West Side
Greenville Journal, June 15, 2012, Learning to Share
Greenville Journal, June 15, 2012, Quote of the Week
GSA Business, March 2, 2012
UpstateBizSC, March 2, 2012
Journal Watchdog, Jan. 26, 2012
GSA Business Analyst, Greenville's Business Journal, Nov. 7, 2011
Palmetto Planner, official publication of the South Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association, Spring 2011