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City of Greenville, South CarolinaJune 2013, Issue No. 16


A.J. Whittenberg
Greenhouse Complete! 

Additions of green rain-gutters, plastic bottles cut in half for shingles, and two painted rain barrels mark the completion of the 2-liter bottle greenhouse, accomplished with the help of elementary school students at A.J. Whittenberg. The project was led by the Livability Educator with a grant from SCDHEC's Champions of the Environment program. Nearly 2,000 soda bottles were cut and fitted together to create this sustainable structure!


More information about the project, including values of green building, resource conservation, and water quality, can be found on the Connections greenhouse website.


Connections for Sustainability - film logo
Weight of the Nation
Monday, July 15, 6 PM
Kroc Center

Join us for Sustainable Cinema at the Kroc Center for a viewing of HBO's documentary Weight of the Nation film with clips relating especially to what we can do as a community to fight obesity and weight-related illnesses. 



Value of Play
Tuesday, July 16, noon - 1:30 
Kroc Center
Carly Summer from the US Play Coalition will be here to teach the value of play on mental and physical health, especially as adults, for part of the Sustainable Conversations series. We will serve light and healthy refreshments, and enjoy recess with toys from the new City Parks and Recreation mobile bus!  
More information can be obtained by contacting us at, or on our website. 


       West Side Discusses City Park Plan  


City staff presented the Draft City Park Consensus Plan to West Side neighborhoods at Mountain View Baptist Church on June 4. Special thanks to Pastor Mills for allowing us to use his historic church. Both attendance and discussion were great, and a few local teens spoke up in support of the playing fields and basketball amenities. Solutions to event parking and flooding of the Reedy River were also discussed. The funding source needed to construct this potential park is still not known, but with the help of neighborhood residents and Mountain View Baptist Church, we are getting closer to having a strong plan of action should the money become available in the future.


More information about the potential park can be found on our website. Questions about the park planning process can be directed to Jeff Waters at 467-4350.
Sustainability Spotlight


Tapped Versus Bottled Water


by Emily Hays and Jaclin DuRant



It's summer time, the time of year where everyone is trying to beat the heat. An important part of staying healthy in the summer is drinking ample amounts of water to stay hydrated. It also seems to be that time of year where refrigerators are stocked full of bottled water, but is bottled water really the best choice? Here is some food for thought regarding the cost of bottled water and the Greenville public water supply:


There are some benefits to bottled water. Bottled water is highly convenient, widely available, and packaged in highly transportable, individualized containers. Spending money on bottled water is a much healthier option than purchasing drinks high in sugar, like sodas and energy drinks. Yet, the true cost of bottled water can be found in the supply chain and the lasting effect it has on the environment.


Americans consume approximately 29 billion gallons of bottled water every year. It takes about 17 million gallons of crude oil to make this amount of plastic bottles, which is enough to keep a million cars on the road for a year. Following the creation of the bottles, they must be filled and packaged, then transported to a store to be sold. Every step of this process uses energy. The cost of materials and processing for a gallon of bottled water is equivalent in price to a gallon of gasoline. Though plastic bottles are highly recyclable, only about 15% of used water bottles are recycled annually. Most of the plastic from bottled water ends up in landfills, oceans, or ecosystems.


The primary difference between bottled and tap water is the cost, both environmentally and economically. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, "if you drink your daily recommended 8 glasses of water per day from the tap, it will cost you about 50 cents per year. If you choose to drink it from water bottles, it can cost you up to $1400 dollars." That's a difference of $1399.50 annually!


One of the main reasons people chose to drink bottled water is the taste. Luckily, Greenville is ranked as one of the top five cities in the United States for cleanest water. The public water supply for the City of Greenville comes from three suppliers: the Table Rock Reservoir, North Saluda Reservoir, and Lake Keowee. The Greenville Water System governs operations at both the Table Rock and North Saluda reservoirs; these reservoirs are forested, highly protected areas with little contamination due to lack of development. Greenville's water won the "Best of the Best" taste test at a national conference in 2011.


It is important that you research the quality of the water you are drinking, whether bottled or tap. Tap water quality is regulated by the EPA, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates bottled water. The EPA releases annual reports about water sources and contamination. Stay informed about Greenville's water supply by reading the annual water quality report.


A great way to reduce the pollution, energy use, and waste caused by bottled water consumption is to make a different choice and use a reusable bottle.  You will protect our environment, save money, and stay hydrated all summer long!




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