The Sustainability InstituteThe Sustainability Institute

Our Mission

Empowering South Carolinians to Conserve Energy & Reduce Our Environmental Footprint Where We Live & Work.

Our Programs



Energy Conservation Corps (ECC)



Charleston RISES

Not Your Grandma’s Certification Program: Built for Our Generation AND the Next.

Our Goal? Buildings that are TRULY high-performing.

The RISES Certification promotes new construction projects that are at least 30% more energy and water efficient and constructed using materials that do not adversely affect the health and well-being of the building occupants.

Developed to address the specific green building priorities of the Charleston, South Carolina region.

This certification is designed by industry leaders and people with technical know-how, RISES provides 6 tangible values to your project: (1) Expert Advice; (2) Measurable Results; (3) Relevant Strategies; (4) Convenience/ Ease of Use; (5) Affordability; and (6) Lightning Fast Process.

The RISES tag is an acronym for the building ingredients that industry-leading and responsible projects focus on and adhere to: Resilient; Innovative; Sustainable; Efficient; and Safe.

Energy Conservation Corps (ECC)

Energy Conservation Corps

A Nationally Recognized and Award-Winning Program Affiliated with AmeriCorps.

Two Goals:

  1. Produce qualified and certified industry leaders that are job-ready to meet the regional demand for professionals that can perform specialized energy upgrades on both new and existing homes.
  2. Significantly impact housing affordability by performing direct energy efficiency retrofits on low income homes suffering from inefficiencies and high/ unaffordable energy costs.

This innovative program is powered by an important and underserved group in our community – at-risk young adults – and has produced two national AmeriCorps “Member of the Year” award winners (out of more than 22,000 members nation wide).