|These skeletons were crafted from recycled milk jugs.|
BOOKLET NOW AVAILABLE
Green Craft Challenge
The Green Craft Challenge Booklet was written by the Livability Educator, and is available now on the Connections website. This booklet includes creative recycled-material crafts and thought-provoking challenges to engage parents, educators, and students of all ages in a discussion about our individual impacts on the waste stream. Inspired by A J Whittenberg Elementary's "Green Craft Challenge Program," a program developed by the school librarian and our Livability Educator, the booklet highlights projects that have been field tested for fun by AJW students. Check it out, and try your hand at creating some cool recycled artwork!
TOD Design Guidelines
Project Kick Off
November 7, 2012
Hughes Main Library
As part of the Connection for Sustainability grant, the city of Greenville conducted a feasibility study for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Transit Oriented Economic Development (TOED). One purpose of this study was to determine areas within the city that may be suitable for transit oriented economic developments. Transit Oriented Economic Development recognizes that since stops are permanent, there is an opportunity for businesses, jobs, shops, offices, and homes to be built nearby. In addition to economic development at each stop, it is anticipated that jobs will be made more accessible by the presence of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route. Residents and visitors can also take advantage of the improved access created by BRT to other areas of Greenville for recreational purposes, like shopping and entertainment.
Design guidelines ensure that the type of development allowed at Transit Oriented Developments complements the existing character of the community, and fits with the long range plans for the City. To help the city develop guidelines for transit oriented development, we enlisted the help Clarion, a consultant team experienced in the development of TODs and the design guidelines needed to support them.
On November 7, 2012 the Clarion team will conduct a public project kick-off meeting to discuss project objectives, review expected deliverables, talk with local residents about the process going forward, and answer any questions. One of the premiere authors on "pocket neighborhoods," Ross Chapin, will present information on this residential development concept. Most of the meeting will be spent discussing how this concept might be put to use in a neighborhood near you. Come on out and see what pocket neighborhoods are all about!
Let's Take a Walk
by Jaclin DuRant
Walking has a variety of benefits. When you walk instead of driving a car, or even taking the bus, you are getting exercise instead of contributing to air pollution. A pair of walking shoes is less expensive than purchasing a bike, which makes it a very economically sustainable mode of transportation. Walking is a great family activity, and creates a great time to talk about the day. Walking is not only good for you and the environment, but more people walking equals less cars on the road, less traffic congestion, and a safer commute for everyone.
Sustainability isn't just about resource conservation and being environmentally friendly, it is also about being safe and having a safe community. When you walk, you can stay safe by walking on the sidewalk and using marked crosswalks If there is no sidewalk, walk facing oncoming traffic, wear light colored reflective clothes, and make sure that you stay aware of your environment. It might be fun to listen to music while you walk, but use just one ear-bud and keep the other ear open. As a property owner, you can help make your community more walkable by trimming large sight-blocking plants away from corners , and by keeping the sidewalk clear of obstructions like garbage cans, debris and trash.
For more ideas and informationon developing a more walkable community, check out "A Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities" from the U.S Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration.