Goals, preferences part of buying green home
By CAROLYN DUBROFSKY
Broker-in-Charge, Charleston Your Home
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
7, 2010 Green building usually means something different
to everyone. For some, making their home or office more sustainable
could be as simple as putting a seal around windows and doors. For
others, creating a green space means installing solar panels and
dual-flush toilets. And when it comes to buying a new home, personal
tastes and budgets play a key role.
its core, the practice of green building whether its
a home or a shopping center is about creating a symbiotic
relationship with the environment. The overall goal is complementing
and marrying the building design concerns of comfort, durability,
utility and economy.
green building both in the commercial and residential markets
becomes more prevalent, its important for homebuyers
to think about what a sustainable home means to them and the features
they want when shopping for a new house. Much of that will depend
on their budget as well as their knowledge of sustainability and
how important certain features are.
a truly sustainable home means factoring in the environment, the
design, the materials, the construction and the lot that
means everything from the roof and insulation to the doors and windows.
considerations for a green home:
electricity, water and heat through the overall design of the
home, which could include placement of the home on a shady piece
of the property or adding more windows to maximize natural light.
of sustainable appliances and big-ticket items that conserve energy
and cut down on power bills, such as a tank-less hot water heater,
energy-efficient heating and air conditioning units, energy-efficient
products are available for essentially every room in the house
and for the overall décor, such as a flooring, countertops,
cabinets, furniture, lighting, toilets and showerheads.
may even decide to purchase a home and renovate or retrofit it to
be sustainable. Or certainly building from the ground up gives homeowners
the chance to be as green as they want to be.
bottom line on buying a green home depends on your pocketbook, your
overall commitment to being green as well as your knowledge of what
it means to be sustainable. Dont just buy a home thats
labeled green. Do your research and come prepared knowing
what matters to you and which home features need to be green at
the core and not just in the paint job.
Dubrofsky is the broker-in-charge and co-owner of Charleston
Your Home, which is a certified EcoBroker.
kerosene leaves mark
By ANDY BRACK, publisher
THE GULF COAST, June 7, 2010 The hint of kerosene in the
air on Mobile Bay served as an immediate reminder of the massive
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
wasn't an overpowering scent, but a faint fragrance similar to what
you might smell a few minutes after spraying WD-40 on something.
all of the people I met and talked with during a weekend long exploratory
tour of what's happening along the Gulf coast from Dauphin Island,
Ala., to Apalachicola, Fla., this change from the normal salty sea
breeze to slightly oil-tinged winds is something that won't be easy
be clear, I didn't see a bunch of goo on any of the white sandy
beaches that are as typical of the Gulf coast as sugar is in sweet
tea. But here are some observations:
are very worried about what the oil is going to do to the tourism
and fisheries businesses along the coast. And they're more worried
about the impact of the spill for wildlife.
they're apparently not worried enough yet not to swim in the water.
It was surprising how people would bathe in the clear, green waters
as crews periodically combed beaches for pea-sized tarballs.
crews were spotted in Dauphin Island, Ala., and just south of
Pensacola Beach, Fla. They wore makeshift haz-mat suits
yellow plastic boots that were duct-taped to their pants. The
stuff they picked up seemed small no larger than a silver
dollar, one observer said. It wasn't hard to wonder whether these
crews were on beaches more for public relations purposes than
for significant clean-up work.
red and yellow strings of boom around parts of the shoreline seemed
pretty flimsy, making us wonder just how much oil they can keep
the trip, I talked with Peck Thompson, a 77-year-old retired sheet
rock worker who was fishing for croaker in Mobile Bay. He said he
wasn't too sure how much longer he'd be able to fish like he'd been
doing for the last 60 years.
a disaster right now, he said Saturday. It's going to
shut a lot of businesses down bait shops and stuff and the
people who make their business fishing. He said business at
the bait shop over which he lived was about half of what it should
few minutes later, I ran into Drew Wheelan of the American Birding
Association. He had been sent from Washington state to find out
the impact of the spill on wildlife. He had, he mournfully said,
a bunch of pictures of oiled birds.
that day, Capt. Billy Lyons, president of Volco.LLC marine contractors
from Spanish Fort, Ala., described how he came up with an idea to
protect Weeks Bay and its national estuarine research reserve. Because
Weeks Bay, a relatively small inlet off Mobile Bay, is only about
600 yards across before it opens into a large area, Lyons said he
was implementing a plan to block the entrance of the bay by positioning
three long barges across the neck of the inlet buffeted by sectional
floating barges. The barges would knock down choppy waves from Mobile
Bay and allow the boom, positioned behind the barges, to do their
work. Otherwise, he said, the waves would jump over boom, carrying
oil with it.
Sunday, Tampa, Fla., TV reporter Don Germaise told viewers during
a live broadcast from Pensacola Beach, that the spill was only
going to get worse. The day before, he said he had seen a
bunch of tarballs on beaches east of town. When Germaise finished
his shot, a salesman for 'oil-eating microbes tried to get
the news team to do a story about their product for which a display
was set up nearby.
later at a beach in Gulf Islands National Seashore, 36-year-old
Larry Femrite of Pensacola was walking off the beach with a camera.
He explained he had just left an overnight shift at a nearby WalMart
and was on his way home. In recent days, he had started to stop
to check to see what he could see of the spill on the beaches. On
Saturday, he said he saw oily specks washing ashore. On Sunday,
he didn't see much of anything, other than a goo-covered empty Gatorade
bottle that washed ashore.
should be a wake-up call to the oil companies and government,
Femrite said. They should have better procedures in place
in case something happens. I don't know if the ecosystem will ever
couple of miles away, National Park Service Ranger Mark Whipps dug
into the sand near the tide line to see if any oil detritus had
been buried in the white sand. I'm extremely ecstatic that
it's not deep, said Whipps, who had been sent from his regular
park (Natchez Trace near Tupelo, Miss.,) to Gulf Islands for a 14-day
tour of patrolling the beach.
about 20 contract workers prepared to look for oil pollution on
the beach, he noted, One of the good things since I've been
here is the crews have gotten here right away. It's kind of an ongoing
you'd like to see more pictures of the weekend trip, visit a new
photo blog that will chronicle what's happening along the Gulf.
Go to: www.BetterGulf.org.
Brack is publisher of CharlestonCurrents.com and president of the
Center for a Better South, which is offering the photo blog as a
way to keep track of how the spill is impacting people's lives.
Brack can be reached at: email@example.com.
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The new season is underway!
groups to launch Green Business Challenge
city of Charleston and several new partners including the
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston County and several
local nonprofit organizations will host a get-together tomorrow
to kick off the Green Business Challenge. The challenge is
designed to help local businesses who sign up for the voluntary
program to save money and resources, support environmental stewardship,
and earn recognition for sustainable business leadership. The city
of Charleston was selected as one of five local governments nationwide
to create the challenge with assistance from the organization ICLEI
(Local Governments for Sustainability).
meeting will give business owners a chance to get details about
the program, which officially begins in August, and pick up scoring
information. The meeting starts at 8 a.m. at the John Wesley United
Methodist Church gym, 626 Savannah Highway. Speakers will include
Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. and Kim Brokhof with ICLEI USA.
12-month voluntary program encourages businesses to reduce waste
and consumption and also support community involvement. Several
local nonprofit organizations have partnered with local governments
on the challenge. For example, the Sustainability Institute will
help participating businesses stay on track and provide direction
on ways to achieve individual goals; Lowcountry Local First will
assist participating businesses by locating local resources; and
the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce will promote the Green
Business Challenge to its members.
located in the city of Charleston that are interested in participating
can contact Carolee Williams at 724-3776 or email@example.com
for signup information.
Museums new exhibit a tribute to Angel Oak
new exhibit at the Childrens Museum of the Lowcountry is devoted
to helping kids and families explore the beauty and wonder of one
of the Lowcountrys greatest natural treasures, the Angel Oak.
station at the new TREEscape exhibit at the Childrens
Museum of the Lowcountry. (Photo provided)
which opened on Friday, is a 700-square-foot exhibit designed by
the museums inaugural artist-in-residence, Jennifer Van Winkle.
Described as an activity center and hands-on ecology lab,
TREEscape features a variety of inventive and interactive activities
that let children explore the historic live oak tree in a multisensory
way, including felt boards, leaf sorting and pattern games, discovery
spaces, puzzles and ecology activity kits provided by the Lowcountry
Hall of Science & Math.
Angel Oak is a massive live oak tree that is estimated to be more
than 1,500 years old. Located on Johns Island, the tree is 65 feet
tall, with a circumference of 25.5 feet. The biggest limb is 89
feet long, with a circumference of 11.25 feet.
Winkle, TREEscapes creator, is an installation artist, community
arts choreographer and arts activist from Charlottesville, Va. Her
TREEscape project was selected in a regional competition last year
to be the first recipient of the Museums Artist-in-Residence
Childrens Museum is located at 25 Ann St. downtown. For hours
or more information, go to http://explorecml.org/cml/.
can step up to plate at RiverDogs baseball camps
Charleston RiverDogs will hold two youth baseball camps at Joseph
P. Riley Jr. Park this summer, as well as a special one-day hitting
clinic. Camp Session I runs June 14-June 16, while Session II is
set for July 14-July 17. The hitting clinic will be held on July
session is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily, and is open to children 6-13.
The cost is $150 per camp, which includes a RiverDogs goodie bag
with water bottle, a camp T-shirt and a ticket to the RiverDogs
game for each evening. Spending the day with future New York
Yankees will create memories and friendships these campers will
never forget, said Melissa McCants, the RiverDogs director
of special events.
will be divided into age groups to learn and hone their skills in
hitting, fielding, pitching, base running, bunting and agility.
In addition to receiving evaluations and progress reports from RiverDogs
players and coaches, who serve as instructors, campers can get autographs
following each days session and will also take home a photo
with a RiverDogs player. At the conclusion of each session,
there will be an awards ceremony on the field prior to the first
pitch of that nights RiverDogs game.
For more information or to register, contact Amy Fritzsche at 723-7241
or visit http://www.riverdogs.com.
rewards students striving for healthy lifestyles
local residents whove pledged to demonstrate healthy lifestyles
and encourage others to do the same have been awarded college scholarships
by PrimeTime Fitness on Sullivans Island.
winners Claire Salgado (College of Charleston), Brennan McDavid
(Elon University) and Cara Brotherton (College of Charleston)
each received a $500 scholarship.
awards the scholarships annually. Students are chosen based on the
criteria of a minimum 3.0 GPA, their fitness goals, and their activities
to maintain healthy behaviors and inspire others to do the same.
McDavid and Brotherton
candidates must also submit an essay on the role physical fitness
has played in their life, how they are trying to encourage fitness
in the community, and how they intend to keep up a healthy lifestyle
despite the multiple demands of college life.
If you have a review or recommendation of a book, movie, restaurant
or local arts endeavor, please send no more than 150 words to
editor Ann Thrash.
Make sure to include your name and full contact information.
humble chicken has risen from the obscurity of the barnyard to the
summit of South Carolina agriculture. In the late twentieth century
the poultry industry (broilers, turkeys, and eggs) became the states
leading agribusiness, contributing $500 million annually to the
before chickens and turkeys were cash crops, they were part of the
culture. Native Americans raised turkeys long before Europeans and
Africans came to South Carolina, and chickens arrived with the first
settlers. Soon chickens were the most common domestic animal in
South Carolina, and virtually every farm family raised poultry for
its own table and sold surplus eggs and fowl to townsfolk. This
pattern of husbandry persisted nearly three centuries. Predictably,
poultry earned an honored place in the regions cuisine: fried
chicken, chicken and dumplings, chicken bog, and pilau became celebrated
staples of the Carolina diet.
evolved from a subsistence activity to a business in the 1930s.
Farmers fleeing boll-weevil-infested cotton fields experimented
with poultry as a cash crop. Production of broilers (chickens ten
to twelve weeks of age at processing) rose from a mere 300,000 head
in 1934 to 14 million by 1952 and to 48 million by the 1980s. The
South Carolina poultry industry followed the pattern developed in
Georgia by J. D. Jewell in the 1940s. Farmers entered partnerships
with poultry processors, providing land, buildings, and equipment;
processors furnished baby chicks, feed, vaccines, and veterinary
services. Farmers fed and cared for the chicks until market weight
was achieved. Processors collected the fowl and paid farmers based
on weight gain. Processors then slaughtered, dressed, packaged,
and delivered birds to market. Farmers typically raised four broods
each per year.
poultry industry experienced phenomenal growth in the 1980s and
Observers credit automation and mass production for
keeping consumer prices low, making poultry a bargain. Cultural
influences were also factors. Health-conscience consumers made chicken
and turkey centerpieces of the trendy low-fat cuisine that swept
the country in the 1990s. In 2001 broilers, turkeys, and eggs ranked
first, fifth, and seventh, respectively, of South Carolinas
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Metro Chamber of Commerce honored several local businesses and industries
last week with the chambers 1773 Award, which is given to
organizations that best reflect the core values of the chamber:
leadership, relevance, integrity, diversity and innovation. The
awards are named for the year the chamber was established. Here
are the winners and their business categories. One of these companies
will be honored with the 1773 Chamber of the Year Award at the chambers
Annual Gala on July 9.
Estate: Charleston Trident Association of Realtors Leadership
South Carolina Federal Credit Union
- Health Care:
Trident Health System
Father to Father Project Inc.
Lindbergh & Associates LLC
City of North Charleston
Trade: Rick Hendrick Imports
Services: Scientific Research Corporation
Award for Diversity: Prudential
why you should vote tomorrow
that voting is the first act of building a community as well as
building a country.
John Ensign, U.S. senator from Nevada (1958 - )
Immigration Law Talk: 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. June 9,
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 100.
The chambers North Area Business Council will bring together
a panel of experts to discuss state immigration laws and their impact
on small businesses. Beginning July 1, employers with 100 employees
or fewer will face new regulations. Speakers include Lee Depret-Bixio
of Ogletree, Nash, Smoak and Steward, PC; and Jim Knight, S.C. Department
of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. Cost: $15 chamber members, $30
Night Meal: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 9, Lighthouse Church
JUVO Center, 1177 Gregorie Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant. Healing Farm
Ministries sponsors a community meal on the second Wednesday of
every month to raise awareness about the organization, which provides
a place and activities for members of the community to experience
relationships with those who have disabilities. Participants will
work together to prepare and share a meal. Open to anyone touched
by a disability or anyone who wants to learn more about HFM. More
info/registration: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 971-9300.
Skin Cancer Screening: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 12, Whirlin'
Waters Adventure Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston.
The Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and MUSC will
man a fully equipped mobile doctor's office to offer free skin cancer
screenings. The mobile unit will also visit the Isle of Palms on
July 10; it will be set up on the front beach from 9 a.m. until
1 p.m. that day. No appointments necessary. More info: 792-1414.
Sale: 9 a.m. to noon June 12, The Real Estate Gallery,
214 King St. Vintage cookbooks, silver serviceware, linens, collectible
kitchen pieces and more will be offered at the annual Culinary Tag
Sale sponsored by the Charleston chapter of Les Dames D'Escoffier,
a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders
in the fields of food, fine beverages, and hospitality. Proceeds
benefit Les Dames' scholarship fund. Open to the public. Only cash
will be accepted for purchase.
and Farming Course: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks,
beginning in June. The Food and Farming Entrepreneurship Course
is offered by FastTracSC and Clemson Extension for those who are
interested in becoming food-system entrepreneurs (urban/rural farmers,
local food artisans, chefs/caterers, bakers, food media, processors,
etc.). Cost: $145. More info: email@example.com.
Art Tour: 4 p.m. each Thursday, Through June 24, Heyward-Washington
House, 87 Church St., downtown. Explore the art of portraiture and
satirical engravings popular with wealthy colonial Charlestonians.
The Charleston Museum's art collection at the house features portraits
by Jeremiah Theus, Samuel F.B. Morse and Henry Benbridge; later
copies by Johann Stolle and George Whiting Flagg; and original,
irreverent engravings of William Hogarth. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages
3-12; free for Charleston Museum members. Reservations not required.
More info: 722-2996, ext. 235.
ONGOING AND SOON
Seafood Dinner: 6:30 p.m. June 18, Fish Restaurant, 442
King St. Fish and the S.C. Aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative
will sponsor a four-course dinner that highlights local sustainable
seafood. The menu will include local clams, grouper and porgy, all
paired with wine, as well as a dessert course. Cost: $50 per person
(not including tax and gratuity). Fish will donate 10 percent of
the proceeds to the aquarium's Sustainable Seafood Initiative. Reservations
(required by June 16): Fish, 722-3474.
Class: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June 19, Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St. Learn to make traditional sweetgrass baskets with
basketmaker Sarah Edwards-Hammond, who comes from a long line of
basketmakers and has passed down the tradition to her own children,
grandchildren and others in the community. The instructor will share
a brief history of the art form, then participants will get started
sewing their own basket. Workshop fee includes a starter and all
supplies. No experience required; program is designed for adults.
Cost: $40 museum members, $45 nonmembers. Registration (required):
or call 722-2996, ext. 235.
Self-Defense for Women: 10 a.m. to noon June 19, Charleston
Krav Maga, 1250 Wappoo Road. Offered by the Center for Women. Learn
the best ways to keep themselves safe in any dangerous situation
or environment. Wear comfortable gym clothes and bring water. Cost:
$20 Center for Women members, $40 nonmembers. Registration
Day at Whirlin' Waters: June 19, Whirlin' Waters Adventure
Waterpark, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. Lowcountry
Scouts are invited to the Charleston County PRC's Ninth Annual Scouts
Day. Scouts can enjoy the water park, earn a patch on animal safety,
win prizes, and enjoy a tasty catered picnic at Luau Landing. (Patches
and catered picnic additional cost.) Lunch reservations must be
made by June 16 (on-site registration not available). Cost: $12.99
per Scout and family members. Register
online or call 795-4FUN (4386).
Hurricane Business Plans: 7:30 a.m. to noon June 24,
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 100.
The chambers Business Continuity Planning Council is hosting
a workshop to help businesses prepare for hurricane season, including
instruction on how to write a business continuity plan and how to
test it before a disaster hits. Cost: $25 chamber members, $35 nonmembers.
Tips: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 24, Charleston County
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. This month's Small Business & Nonprofit
Networking Lunch looks at the differences between blogging, blogging
professionally and having a professional blog. Presenter Heather
Solos of Home-Ec101.com will cover tips and strategies for using
a blog as part of your small business marketing strategy. Registration
is not required. More info: 805-6930.
Networking: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 29, Harbour Club,
35 Prioleau St., downtown. The Charleston Junior Chamber of Commerce
will be hosting a professional networking event with light refreshments.
You do not necessarily need to work in an occupation that sells
goods or services to attend. In addition to mixing, mingling and
networking, there will be a program featuring social media consultant
Ashley Caldwell of Modern Connections sharing a few social media
tips. Cost: $5 per person; benefits Jaycee Camp Hope, a statewide
residential camp for citizens with intellectual disabilities. RSVP/more
info: Jennifer Juice Davidson, 343-7578 or firstname.lastname@example.org,
or Jeremy Mills, 814-5739 or email@example.com.
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