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February 01 2012

18:00

Who’s Your Green Hero?

Giving back is a way of life for some people. You know them. You hang out with them. Some of them are your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family. They don’t drive Bentlys, have golden parachutes, or wear Armani. Instead, they quietly go about making our communities better places to live.

In Charleston, and especially in our sustainability scene, there are hundreds if not thousands of volunteers who are making a difference every day. They teach your kids at the South Carolina Aquarium, clean-up our beaches with the Coastal Conservation League, and help protect our rivers and marshes with Charleston Waterkeeper. Why – because they have heart.

Does this sound like someone you know? If so, now’s your chance to help. The CTK Foundation “Heroes with a Heart” Grant Award asks YOU to nominate a “Hero with a Heart,” and give them a chance to win $5,000 – a simple thanks for the hard work that they do.

Here’s an overview of awards the CTK Foundation will offer and details on how you can nominate your Hero:

  • $15,000 for Three Heroes One Hero with a Heart from each of the three categories of Health and Human Social Service, Animal Rights and Environmental Protection and Arts and Literacy will be awarded $5,000 USD and a professionally produced video about their affiliated nonprofit for use in public awareness or education.
  • $1,500 for One Hero The CTK Foundation will also be offering a $1,500 (USD) President’s Choice Award (the Susan Lee Winter Grant Award) for an individual working to provide creative and innovative approaches to HIV/AIDS education or prevention.
  • Blogger’s Choice Award Lastly, there will be a Blogger’s Choice Award of $1,000 (USD). The CTK Foundation will choose a blogger (hopefully me) who will hand-pick one winner from any category.

Applications for all Heroes with a Heart grant awards open on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 and close Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at midnight. Finalists will appear on the CTK Facebook page for public voting during April and winners will be announced on May 1, 2012. This award is open to registered nonprofits or charities of all types and sizes, worldwide.

What should you do?

It’s pretty easy. Go to www.communitytech.net/foundation to nominate your Hero with a Heart today! This simple action could make a real impact not only at a local nonprofit, but in our community as a whole. Remember, “You can’t go through life with two catchers mitts on – every now and then, you’ve got to throw something back.”

January 21 2010

19:21

Are You Ready for the Green Office Challenge?

Back in October we blogged about Brian Sheehan, Charleston’s new sustainability director. The community was, and still is, excited to have someone focused on greening up our fair city. Well, Brian and his team have been hard at work, and are about to unleash the Charleston Business Challenge!

The Green Business Challenge will help local businesses, property owners, and residents focus on sustainability and become more energy efficient. This pilot program will kick off later this year, and they are asking interested parties to sign up soon (technically by January 21, but I’m sure they’d budge on that deadline a little). The competition format will benchmark local businesses and conclude with awards handed out by Mayor Joe Riley. This is a great chance to green up your business AND get a little recognition. Details after the jump >>

The Green Business Challenge is a voluntary friendly competition that takes participants through a process of benchmarking the energy use of a building using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. It also helps them pursue a variety of conservation and efficiency opportunities over the course of a one-year program.  The program concludes with an evaluation of participant progress towards goals, and successful achievers will be publicly recognized by Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr.

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership with the City of Charleston. It is a free assistance program that will not result in any penalty should you begin but later decide you no longer wish to participate. The City is seeking interest from local commercial property managers, business owners, and office tenants to participate in a pilot demonstration program. Your participation in the Green Business Challenge will result in reduced operation costs as well as the amount of pollution and waste generated from your property and/or business.

We ask that if you are interested in the program, or simply wish to support the idea of creating this program, that you return a letter of interest and/or support to Brian Sheehan, Director of Sustainability, 75 Calhoun, Charleston SC 29401 or e-mail a copy to sheehanbp@ci.charleston.sc.us, no later than close of business on Thursday, January 21, 2010.  We appreciate your support and look forward to working with you in the Green Business Challenge.

Good luck everyone!

January 05 2010

03:37

New Additions to the Go Green Local Guide

Go Green Local GuideHappy New Year everyone! We thought we’d kick off 2010 with a few new additions to the Go Green Charleston Local Guide. Thanks for helping us keep the directory curated with top-notch local green options. With over 150 entries and new categories, we’re excited to see the local scene grow by leaps and bounds.

Here are six new additions to the Local Guide – Give ‘em some love!

If your organization or business should be on our guide, just let us know.

December 05 2009

19:07

Show Your Support for the Charleston Green Plan

For the last few years, the Charleston Green Committee has been working hard to keep the city focused on sustainability. Earlier this year, the Committee finalized the Charleston Green Plan (download), a comprehensive set of studies, ideas, and recommendations to improve the city’s sustainability.

On Tuesday, December 15th, the Plan goes in front of the Charleston City Council in hopes that its recommendations are adopted. The Council is already hearing from those that oppose the plan, so it’s crucial for all local greenies to come out in support of the Plan. This is a great opportunity to really make a difference, and let the City Council hear from those of us that believe a sustainable future is one to reach for.

Please consider doing one or all of the following:

Again, please share this information with each and every greenie in your sphere of influence. Thanks to everyone who has been participating in the Charleston Green Committee’s development of the Plan – you’re all rock stars! Now it’s up the rest of us to do our part to help make the Plan a reality!

November 12 2009

14:25

Local Green Nonprofits to Support on National Philanthropy Day

Today is National Philanthropy Day, so I thought this would be a great chance to call attention to the amazing green nonprofits that serve our local community. Whether you give your time, energy, or money to these organizations, you’re helping to keep our local community sustainable, clean, green, and efficient. Please take the time today to consider making a donation or committing to volunteering with one of these fine local nonprofits:

Happy dogooding everyone!

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