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By Katherine Richards

unnamed-44Tuesday evening’s Upper Peninsula Initiative gathering focused on materials, and local organizations that utilize them as sustainable resources. Perrin Woodworking hosted the event.

Dan and Katy Perrin, spoke about their local business, located in the Upper Peninsula. Their business, Perrin Woodworking, specializes in one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, personalized and designed using the finest materials Dan and Katy can get their hands on.

Drew Harrison, representing the Green Heart Project is no stranger to the UPI. He spoke at a gathering back in March, when he talked about the organization’s devotion to urban agriculture.unnamed-45

unnamed-47Last night, Harrison urged attendees to be mindful of wasteful disposal habits, and to instead, urge their communities to repurpose food and material waste.

Residents were able to get hands on experience with garden work, and learned how to construct raised beds — a technique frequently utilized by Green Heart.

Local materials were donated to help construct the garden raised beds thanks to

Carolina Lumber Sourcing, which representative Bill Watt shared a bit of his personal story, having a rich background in architectural restoration.

CLS takes great pride in being a premiere service provider for affordable, quality speciality lumber and flooring.

All Seasons Mulch is Charlestonunnamed-46’s largest outdoor warehouse, with a wide selection of top quality mulch, gravel and other landscape terrain. The company also donated their resources, talents and time to the demonstration.

The audience was enthused to learn about the organization, their convenient retail location and revolutionary Bark Blower, designed to prevent erosion and conserve water.

Our garden inspired hors d’oeuvre were generously made and donated by Cru Cunnamed-48atering, Charleston’s
caterer for 16 years in a row, and a local UP business!

A lovely summer wheat beer was donated thank to our local UP brewery, Revelry Brewing. Special thanks to our sponsor, South State Bankour gracious hosts, Dan and Katy Perrin and our speakers and volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

The Upper Peninsula Initiative is a public-private planning effort managed by the City of Charleston and the backbone organization, The Sustainability Institute.

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Photos by Stan Foxworthy Foxworthy Studios.

About krichards
Katherine Westmoreland Richards holds a dual-degree for International Business and Management and published an acclaimed research thesis on energy in the Netherlands. Katherine's passion for energy continued as she worked in Ecuador to help create sustainable business solutions for a reserve in the rainforest. Katherine now works on development at The Sustainability Institute and uses her experience and passion to continue to develop a sustainable Charleston.