Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space        


City of Greenville, South CarolinaSeptember 2012, Issue No. 9


Health Impact Assessment:

Healthy Dinner + a Movie  


The Connections for Sustainability team is partnering with SC Institute of Medicine and Public Health to present a thirty minute segment of The Weight of the Nation, an HBO documentary series addressing the national obesity epidemic. The screening will be held on October 4, 2012 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the West Greenville Community Center. The screening will be facilitated by City Councilwoman Lillian Brock-Flemming, and a healthy free dinner will be provided to all who register.

If you are interested in attending the event  

please follow the link below to register:  



Connections Focus Team 1   

Focus on West Side    

As we move into Fall, the Connections project is shifting gears to focus in on the West Side. We are now working to take the information and suggestions generated in the Citywide Housing Strategy and Transit Feasibility Study, and beginning to look at what they might mean for the West Side. To help us make this transition, we've formed Focus Teams from volunteers across the city. These focus teams will meet four or five times through the Fall and Winter to begin identifying some guiding principles that will inform the upcoming West Side Comprehensive Plan (set to begin early 2013).

The focus teams are just getting started. If you were not contacted, but want to be a member of one of these teams, we would welcome your participation. Please contact us at


Clemson University   

Clemson University Planning Students Join the Connections Team 


The Connections for Sustainability team is pleased to be working again with Clemson University, and a new batch of hard-researching graduate students from Clemson's City and Regional Planning program. You will likely see some of these students at the upcoming public meetings through the rest of this year. What you will not see is all of the work they'll be doing behind-the-scenes, researching questions raised in our stakeholder discussions, and developing new outreach strategies. By helping us develop more informed solutions, they will be learning first-hand about the planning process.


Sustainability Spotlight


Your Coffee Can Help Save the Rainforest


by Jaclin DuRant  


Deforestation and the destruction of tropical rainforest has been a hot topic among scientists and conservationist for years, and it continues to be a growing problem. Quoted rates vary, but scientists do agree that tropical rainforests are disappearing at an alarming rate (a football field per second, according to the Nature Conservancy). Rainforest destruction occurs when trees are cut down for logging, ranching, mining, and agriculture.


Shade grown coffee is just one of many sustainable agricultural practices that offer indigenous peoples a way to make a living while protecting the rainforest. Rather than clearcutting in order to create a coffee plantation, shade grown techniques utilize native canopy trees which provide soil nutrients and protect soils from erosion, thus minimizing the need for chemical fertilizers. Shade grown coffee plantations also provide habitats for birds and other native animals, protecting the biodiversity of the region.


According to the International Coffee Organization, over 2 million cups of coffee are consumed every day, and in many years, coffee is second only to oil as an export commodity. We drink a lot of coffee! So, choosing coffee that is shade grown is an important step that you can take to help protect tropical rainforests from destruction.




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