Sustainable development.  Smart growth. Sustainable enterprise. Green building. Resource conservation.

There are a number of terms and definitions that are used to describe the concept of sustainability but one that is commonly used is:

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In the business world, companies often refer to adopting sustainable practices to meet a triple bottom line: 

  • increasing financial profitability; 
  • lessening their environmental footprint or impact; and 
  • recognizing social responsibility in their communities.
  • But sustainability does not just apply to businesses. Government agencies, non-profit organizations, local communities and even educational institutions can benefit from looking at ways to better manage natural resources and reduce waste.

    This Web site is designed to provide examples of how people in South Carolina are embracing sustainability as well as to offer resources to increase awareness of, and support for, balanced development, growth management and environmental stewardship.

    West Quadrangle – Residential Center for Sustainable Futures
    University Housing’s West Quadrangle is a 500-bed Living Learning complex. The $29 million project will integrate technology, design, sustainability and learning as it seeks LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification as a green building. The complex will be among the first LEED certified buildings in South Carolina and one of only few certified green residence halls in the world. More...
    About the S.C. Sustainability Network

    The S.C. Sustainability Network is a partnership of organizations committed to helping promote sustainability as a means of enhancing the quality of life for all South Carolinians.

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    Disclaimer: The information on the businesses, products, and organizations presented herein is provided for informational
    purposes only. The technical descriptions and details expressed do not constitute an endorsement by the South Carolina Sustainability Network. We have highlighted various examples in which sustainable practices can be noted.  There
    are no guarantees, either expressed or implied, regarding the completeness of this information.

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