Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space


City of Greenville, South CarolinaApril 2012, Issue No. 4

Mark Your Calendars!!!


The Connections for Sustainability transit consultants will be in Greenville on May 3rd to host a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Workshop.  TOD creates strategic linkages between economic opportunities and public transit.  Team consultant for the project, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is based out of Chicago, and is looking to provide property owners, businesses, developers, and the general public with information on how TODs can provide housing and transportation options and promote attractive, walkable communities.  The consultants will also seek input from attendees on potential TOD areas in Greenville.  Public feedback from this workshop will guide CNT as they develop a TOD strategy to complement the Connections for Sustainability Bus Rapid Transit study.  Please join us to provide your input on what you would like to see done with the TOD in Greenville!


TOD Workshop - May 3, 2012 from 6:00pm-7:30pm

West  Greenville Community Center

8 Rochester Street


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West Side Health Impact Assessment


The SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health was recently awarded a $20,000 grant by the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Health Impact Project to perform a community-based Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the City of Greenville.  This HIA will provide the City with information on the relationship between health and other city planning considerations, such as the proposed expansion and/or addition of parks, green space, and trails in three west side neighborhoods (West Greenville, West End, and Southernside). The HIA will begin in early April and conclude by the end of 2012. A steering committee composed of community stakeholders will lead the project. 



The west side HIA will be the second HIA conducted in the state of South Carolina.  Click here for more information.  



Sustainability Spotlight


Don't Feed the Geese!



Canada Geese are without a doubt, beautiful birds, and they are a federally protected species under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Yet, studies suggest that large populations of Canada Geese contribute to water pollution problems, specifically, through the introduction of pathogens and bacteria by the washing of fecal matter (AKA Goose Poo) into water bodies by storm water run off.


Luckily, there are quite a few ways to deal with Goose induced pollution without harming the birds. Geese like well manicured, open banks, so planting shrubs and allowing native grasses to grow by the water is an aesthetically pleasing way to reduce population presence.


Also, hand feeding encourages Geese to stay in one place and acclimatizes them to the presence of humans. So, the next time you're out and about, remember to help reduce water pollution and don't feed the Geese!

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Going Green at A.J. Whittenberg 




Above: the A.J. Whittenberg Green Team presents their "Going Green" banner to St. Francis Hospital


Recently, the Green Team from A. J. Whittenberg had the opportunity to visit Bon Secours St. Francis hospital to learn about some of the ways that the hospital is going green. The first stop was the community garden at the hospital where students presented the hospital vice president with a banner that they had created to celebrate the hospital and community's dedication to sustainability. After the banner presentation and a brief photo-op, A.J.'s Green Team donned gardening aprons and helped the garden manager plant some spring seeds. Next, students rode the hospital shuttle to visit the vermiculture system and learn about composting on an industrial scale (with worms). The field trip was capped off with a trip to the hospital's recycling center. It was a great day, and a great opportunity for learning about some of the ways sustainability is being practiced at Bon Secours St. Francis. 


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Our Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, has been hard at work creating a livability curriculum for students at A.J. Whittenberg.  She has also been working on a fascinating blog about her adventures with nature called A Walk in the Woods.  Check out what she has posted on our website and make sure to visit often to stay updated on Jaclin's work!



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