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By Katherine Richards

Transportation

The Sustainability Institute’s Upper Peninsula Initiative program was joined by about 50 residents at their forum on transportation yesterday evening.


Utilizing EcoDistrict, a collaborative planning framework, The Upper Peninsula Initiative works to help promote thoughtful, sustainable growth and development in the area.

Yesterday’s UPI forum highlighted the importance of public transportation on the Peninsula, identifying the need for more effective, sustainable and environmentally responsible options. Marie Curtis and Lindsay Nevin are designing a solar powered bus shelter as a more sustainable alternative. The gathering’s attendees voted on potential bus stop locations to help better serve the community.

The results are as follows:

 

On that same note, an SC Energy grant awarded to The Sustainability Institute will go towards creating the first solar panel system and real time bus schedule display for a shelter in Charleston, located at 1600 Meeting Street.

Other guest speakers in attendance included Sylvie Baele and Martin Pence. Additionally, Gotcha Bike‘s Sean Flood brought a bike to the gathering for display.

Sylvie Baele works with Holy City Bike Co-op, a group of residents promoting bicycles as a viable, sustainable mode of transportation. The group is part of a coalition of advocacy organizations, working to tackle the same obstacles
Martin Pence works with Roll With it, a business that provides bike racks and pumps on the Peninsula — resources that are both in high demand.

Thanks to gracious host, Desano Pizza Bakery everyone (yes, all every last one of them) left with an extra slice and full stomachs.

Sponsor of the evening was Geoff Scott Financial, a local industry leader on the Peninsula.

 

A survey collected found that the majority of residents are calling on UPI to take on and prioritize transportation and mobility on the peninsula — the hot topic of the hour.


The results of the survey are as follows:

 

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

For more information, please visit CharlestonUp.com or email info@charlestonUP.com.

Photos by Stan Foxworthy Foxworthy Studios.

*UPI is a community centered, neighborhood oriented program created with the needs of the areas it serves in mind. The results of any survey conducted do not use empirical methods of data collection, and are not necessarily reflective of the community at large.

By Katherine Richards

Innovation Incubators

The Sustainability Institute brought an Upper Peninsula Initiative event to Charleston on Tuesday, January 26th. The gathering focused on tech innovation and was hosted by Local 616, a specialty bar on Meeting Street. The bar is owned and operated by a brother-sister duo, both Charleston natives.

The Charleston Upper Peninsula Initiative is an innovative, community planning and urban redevelopment effort focused on the Upper Eastside of the Charleston peninsula.

Local 616  is one of Charleston’s favorite bars, and The Old 616, happens to be one of Charleston’s favorite drinks.

Food was provided by Local 616’s neighbor, spero, which has some pretty amazing food.

Also featured on the menu was The Institute, a cocktail 4 a cause, where a percentage of the proceeds go back to the Upper Peninsula Initiative.

Everyone played a round of life-sized JENGA and Cards Against Urbanity, a sustainable spin on the popular card game Cards Against Humanity. 

Those in attendance were caught up on Upper Peninsula Initiative food and beverage development in the area with a lot of new establishments on our horizon, courtesy of The Sustainability Institute.

Derek Wills, senior project manager at South Carolina Research Authority, was one of the guest speakers of the evening, reminding the attendees of the importance of implementing sustainable practices throughout the Upper Peninsula.

SCRA is a research corporation, collaborating with industry leaders to promote sustainable, high-tech development. MUSC Innovation Center, one of SCRA’s operating facilities, is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art space designed to support medical research on the Peninsula. The facility was renovated in 2013, and earned an “Excellence in Construction” award, due to its spectacular building specifications. Distilled water and sub-zero freezers help make the LEED certified facility a sustainable space for medical professionals to conduct their work.

A survey was also conducted, requesting feedback and potential projects and efforts for the Upper Peninsula Initiative to take on.

The results of the survey as follows:

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

For more information, please visit CharlestonUp.com or email info@charlestonUP.com.

Photos by Stan Foxworthy Foxworthy Studios.

*UPI is a community centered, neighborhood oriented planning initiative, created with the needs of the areas it serves in mind. The results of any survey conducted do not use empirical methods of data collection, and are not necessarily reflective of the community at large.

By Katherine Richards

Greenspaces

On Tuesday, December 1st, The Sustainability Institute hosted its first Upper Peninsula Initiative outreach event. The planning initiative focuses on sustainable community planning and urban redevelopment on the upper eastern side of the peninsula.

 “Growth is inevitable
and desirable, but destruction of community character is not.. “   Edward T. McMahon, Urban Land Institute

Guests were invited to join The Sustainability Institute at a forum hosted at the Royal American to discuss the theme of greenspaces on the Upper Peninsula.
Royal American is a local bar and concert venue, with an unmissable happy hour deal. Also featured on the menu was The Institute, a cocktail 4 a cause, where a percentage of proceeds go back to the Upper Peninsula Initiative.

Guests were given three stickers — a red, green and yellow. With the stickers, (green being the
most important and red being the least), participants chose a what they felt should be a top priority for green spaces located within the Upper Peninsula. Easily accessible paths for bikers and pedestrians were among the most popular features.

The results of the activity are as follows:

 

 

Julie Hensley presented the Baker
Hospital Park,
 
and gave a brief update on the upcoming project.
The team is turning the former Baker Hospital site into a 57-acre regional park.  With a brilliant location just south of Cosgrove Avenue along the Ashley River, the park is expected to make quite a splash here in Charleston.

Tom Bradford of Lowcountry Lowline also spoke at the gathering. Lowcountry Lowline is a revitalization project, spearheaded by a group of Georgia Tech students. The plan is to transform an old, abandoned railroad into a 6.5 mile linear park, connecting the lower and upper parts of the peninsula.

At the end of the gathering, guests were asked t participate in a brief survey. Our neighbors chose new strategies for the task force to implement. 

 

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

 

For more information, please visit CharlestonUp.com or email info@charlestonUP.com.

Photos by Stan Foxworthy Foxworthy Studios.

*UPI is a community centered, neighborhood oriented planning initiative, created with the needs of the areas it serves in mind. The results of any survey conducted do not use empirical methods of data collection, and are not necessarily reflective of the community at large.

By Katherine Richards

Technology

930 NoMo, a new apartment community catering to College of Charleston Students hosted the largest Upper Peninsula Initiative gathering yet, with over 150 in attendance. The topic of the evening was was technology.

The pristine, blue pool and live band in the background made for a welcoming atmosphere.

Refreshments were provided by Revelry,  Allagashand Drinkz margarites, a new happy hour spot.


As the peninsula continues to grow into a tech corridor for Charleston, many great companies are
moving to the area, such as
Blue Acorn, CrowdReach and DIGSOUTH.

Timm Henderlight, Trey Rust and Stanfield Gray spoke at the gathering, telling the 150 residents in attendance what their business offer to the peninsula.

Henderlight is the Strategic Engagement

Manager at Blue Acorn, an award-winning locally based master of e-Commerce. With clients like Rebecca Minkof, tick
etmaster
, and speck, The Sustainability Institute is proud to call them a neighborhood partner.

Blue Acorn CEO, Kevin Eichelberger said the upper peninsula was the best location fir his business to grow, and for their employees to enjoy a bite to eat, and also, simply enjoy the atmosphere. CrowdReach representative Trey Rust introduced their services to the lowcountry last night. The tech organization is relocating to the peninsula, to the new Pacific Box & Crate location, and is bringing a revolutionary way for businesses to manage their communications.

Stanfield Gray is the CEO and publisher of DIG SOUTH, a southern tech-based blog. DIG SOUTH dominates the east co
ast and saturates the regions with all of the relevant tech-happenings and updates.

At the gathering, guests completed a brief survey. By participating, UPI gains a better understanding of where the tech community currently lives and works, and how they get there.

The results are as follows:

This event was sponsored by local tech company, Teamphoria. Teamphoria provides employee engagement software, used by local businesses and nonprofits  to amplify their team’s energy and company revenue.

 

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

For more information, please visit CharlestonUp.com or email info@charlestonUP.com.

Photos by Stan Foxworthy Foxworthy Studios.

*UPI is a community centered, neighborhood oriented program created with the needs of the areas it serves in mind. The results of any survey conducted do not use empirical methods of data collection, and are not necessarily reflective of the community at large.

By Katherine Richards

SAVINGS

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