March 26 – 27, 2001

University of South Carolina
Daniel Management Center
(located in the College of Business Administration)
Columbia, South Carolina

Research on how humans affect, and are affected by, the ecology of their communities often appears as a special interest within a well-established area of research.  Scholars studying urban ecology and related fields may find their questions to be at the interdisciplinary margins of their own discipline, and, more importantly, isolated from others with similar interests in other disciplines. This workshop will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines who share an interest in urban environments and human impact on the environment.  Whether you are interested in exploring the connections between your specialty and other research areas or expanding an on-going interdisciplinary research agenda, your contributions would be welcome here. 

In addition to fostering a community of scholars with shared interests, we plan to generate papers for an edited volume on the urban ecology of South Carolina.  Our purpose in focusing on South Carolina is to acknowledge the distinctive history and ecology of southern cities, draw on the expertise researchers and residents have developed for this area, and take advantage of the shared experience of living in South Carolina to facilitate the identification of common ground. 

The workshop will be organized around four main themes:

Presenters will include:
  • Smart Growth Toolkits for Local and Regional Governments – 

  • F. James Cumberland, Senior Research Associate, 
    Center for Environmental Policy, Institute of Public Affairs; University of South Carolina
  • Legal Regime of Landuse planning in South Carolina – 

  • Randy Lowell and Mark Freeze, von Oppenfeld, Hiser, & Freeze
  • The Connection Between Municipal Water Use, Water Quality, and Regional Ecosytems – Marshall Lawson, President, Southeast Water Law Foundation
  • Urban rainfall, runoff, and water quality  – 

  • Greg Carbone, Allan James, Department of Geography, and Hank McKeller, Department of Public Health, USC 
  • The “Real Work” of Urban Re-Inhabitation – 

  • Dr. Christopher Preston, Department of Philosophy, USC-Columbia
  • Meanings and Objectives for South Carolina Home Gardeners – Dr. Gail Wagner, Department of Anthropology, USC-Columbia
  • Human-Wildlife Interfacing: When Raucous Raccoons Meet Picky People – 

  • Candace Cummings, Wildlife Associate, Department of Forest Resources, Clemson University
  • Tourism Development in Charleston – 

  • Dr. Rich Harrill, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture and Dr. Thomas D. Potts, Strom Thurmond Institute, Clemson University
  • Prospects for Reducing the Scale of Foodsheds in South Carolina Cites - Dr. Lance Howard, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of History and Geography, Clemson University
  • The Hitchcock Woods: An Urban Forest – Dr. Harry E. Shealy, Jr. Professor of Biology and Chair of the Woods Management Committee for the Hitchcock Woods, USC-Aiken and Gary O. Burger, Forest Manager Hitchcock Woods 
  • Tree Protection during Planning and Development: Essential Approaches for Community Livability and Economy – Dr. Donald Ham and Karl Pokorny, Principals, The Laurus Group
  • Shaping The Urban Landscape For Energy Efficiency - Mary Haque, Department of Horticulture, Dr. Lolly Tai, Department of Landscape Architecture, and Dr. Don Ham, Clemson University
  • Vacant land as an Urban Resource, Dr. Ann Bowman, Department of Government and International Studies, USC- Columbia
  • Urban History and Social Policy (tentative title) - Dr. Scott Henderson, Department of Education, Furman University
  • Race, Recreation, And Civic Identity – Daniel Vivian, South Carolina History and Archives Center
  • Implementing “Environmental Justice” in South Carolina’s Cities:  The Challenge of Turning Admirable Concepts into Meaningful Change - Professor Kim Diana Connolly

  • University of South Carolina School of Law Environmental Law Clinic
  • The Sustainable Southern City as Villa - Dr. Joseph Burton and Tim Dotson, Graduate Architecture Design and Theory, Clemson
  • Local Elected Officials' Perceptions of Growth, Growth Management Policies, and Quality of Life in South Carolina - Dr. Angela Halfacre, Department of Political Science, College of Charleston
  • The Lawson's Fork:  Literary Adventure and Community Celebration -

  • David Taylor, Ph.D. (formerly of Converse College)
The workshop is sponsored by:
Ecological Cities Project

Prepared by Kim D. Buchanan
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