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City of Greenville, South CarolinaJuly 2012, Issue No. 7


Housing Strategy

July 31, Kroc Center


The final Housing Strategy Public Meeting will be Tuesday, July 31, from 6:00 to 7:30 at the Kroc Center.  If you have not made it out to any of the other meetings, this will be a good summary of the analysis and direction for future housing in the City. If you have been out to one or more of these meetings in the past, this will be your chance to hear your input relflected in the City's plan.
If you have not yet told us what YOU think the City's housing goals should be, please take a minute to complete the Housing Strategy Goal survey. This survey will close on July 30 so all responses can be included in the development of the public presentation.
Stay tuned to the Connections website and this newsletter for
more details about the final Housing Strategy Meeting,
July 31, 6:00 to 7:30 at the Kroc Center


Now Available: 

Urban Naturalist Program 


Livability educator, Jaclin DuRant, has completed the  first part of the Curriculum for Sustainability, the Urban Naturalist Program. The Urban Naturalist Program is designed to provide educators and parents the tools they need to introduce students of all ages to the natural world in an urban setting.


The Urban Naturalist Teacher's Guide includes background information, handouts, and how-to guides for exploring nature in the city, as well as information and tools specific to identifying some of the flora and fauna common to Greenville, SC.


The first edition of the Urban Naturalist Program is now available for download from the Connections for Sustainability Website.




  Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, leads a group of young Urban Naturalists on 

  an aquatic insect lesson at Wildcat Wayside Heritage Preserve park. 


Sustainability Spotlight


Eco-friendly outings

on a budget

by Jaclin DuRant

Have you explored our town? Being sustainable means making choices that are friendly to both our Planet and our Pocketbooks. "Stay-cations" are all the rage these days, but you don't need to hide in the house to have a fabulous inexpensive weekend. Here are a few ideas for some fun Earth-friendly activities that won't break the budget here in Greenville.


- Have an old-fashioned picnic. Pack your cooler up with healthy homemade food (in reusable containers) and head out to the local park for a great evening.


- Go for a bike ride. The Swamp Rabbit Trail is a great destination for a little exercise and some family- friendly activity.

- Take a hike! Heritage preserves, parks, and other natural areas abound in the Upstate. Admission to many of these spots is either cheap or free. Follow the Swamp Rabbit Trail over to Lake Conestee Nature Park for a great place to explore nature for free only 6 miles from downtown.

- Listen to some music! The City of Greenville hosts free live music downtown on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the summer, as well as a variety of fun free special events all year.


- Visit a museum. The Greenville County Museum of Art, located at 420 College St, is free to the public. Find quite a few other museums and attractions, including the Children's Garden at Linky Stone Park, are within walking distance.

- Play a game! When was the last time you played miniature golf? Tennis? Basketball? Frisbee? Disc Golf? Spaces for these and more are available for free at one of Greenville's city parks.  


- Plant a garden. Play in the dirt and reap the benefits of healthy food or beautiful flowers.

- Volunteer: doing something good for your community can be both helpful and fun! Join a river sweep, help cut kudzu, or build a house. Great volunteer opportunities are always available.


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