Linking Greenville's Neighborhoods to Jobs and Open Space        


City of Greenville, South CarolinaMay 2013, Issue No. 15









UPDATE: The second draft design for the potential new city park was discussed at a public meeting at the Kroc Center on May 6. This draft incorporates input from the week-long charette in February, as well as input from City  Council, the Mayor, and the Advisory Committee. The latest draft can be seen by clicking here, although revisions are already underway to include a basketball court.

The design process is scheduled to wrap up in July, and more information can be found on our website. Questions about the park planning process can be directed to Jeff Waters, Landscape Architect with the City, at 467-4350.


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West Side Comprehensive Plan


The Connections for Sustainability Project is beginning a comprehensive plan for three neighborhoods on the west side of the City: West Greenville, West End, and Southernside. We are pleased to announce the selection of The Lawrence Group as the consultant team to lead this effort.


The comprehensive plan will update and build on previous plans that covered parts or aspects of these neighborhoods, including: neighborhood master plans, corridor plans, the Housing Strategy and the Transit Feasibility Study. The comprehensive plan will look at housing, transportation, economic development, and parks/trails/open space in these three neighborhoods, and identify areas and techniques for improving the quality of life for these residents.


More information about this process and the Connections project can be found online at, or by emailing us at


Sustainability Spotlight


Making Good Dirt


by Jaclin DuRant


Gardening is a hot topic these days.

Every year, more people are getting involved in community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs, local food movements, and more. Whether you're starting a small container herb garden on your porch or getting involved in a larger gardening project, there are few things more important to growing healthy plants than soil.


First and foremost, if you are planning to grow in the ground, get your soil tested so you know what the pH of your soil is and what nutrients you may be lacking. For more information on soil testing, check out the Clemson University cooperative extension website, linked here.


Secondly, plants need nutrients throughout their growing season, and a great way to help provide those nutrients is to compost. A compost pile or bin is basically a way to speed up decomposition, the breakdown of organic matter into nutrient rich soil. Composting is an easy way to save money in your garden by reducing the need to purchase soil amendments. Also, by composing leftover food, dryer lint, toilet paper tubes, pet hair, and other organic items, you are keeping them out of the landfill.


In order to compost, you need five main ingredients: greens (nitrogen rich items such as leftover fruits and vegetables), browns (carbon rich items like dried leaves), air, water, and a place to put your compost. If you live in a small space, like an apartment, you may want to try a small vermiculture system that uses worms to help break down organic matter. If you have a large backyard, then a simple enclosure made from wood and bricks may work well for you. 


Getting started composting is really simple and great for both your garden and the environment.


For more information on how to start a compost system check out this article.




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      Healthy Food Demonstration & Tasting Party 
      THURSDAY, MAY 30
      6:00 @ Kroc Center

Join us at the Kroc Center for a discussion and demonstration of healthy recipe food prep, and sample the delicious results. This party will be led by Kelly Frazier of Furman University. Kelly is currently developing and researching the effects of the Furman University Eating Lean (FUEL) Dietary Intervention on health outcomes associated with obesity, cardiovascular disease, and Type II diabetes. Bring the whole family and learn how to make quick, easy, and nutritious meals with simple ingredients.


Plan ahead, and add this event to your calendar with this link. More information can be obtained by contacting us at, or on ourwebsite.




Plastic Bottle Greenhouse 



The Livability Educator, Jaclin DuRant, was selected for a grant from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to build a greenhouse for the AJ Whittenberg Elementary School garden. Construction on the greenhouse began this week, with help from all of the AJW students.


This greenhouse will be unlike any other greenhouse around! It uses recycled 2 liter soda bottles for the primary building material, both in the walls and on the roof! Ms. DuRant has been collecting soda bottles all school year with the help of the AJW Green Teams and the classroom competition, the Race to No Waste! Way to go AJW on another amazing example of green building!