By RACHEL HUTCHISSON
Special to CharlestonCurrents.com
16, 2010 -- Growing up, Kermit the frog taught me that it wasn't
easy "being green." Although I know he was talking about
being different, and not about being kind to the environment, the
about today's meaning of green, it's true that it isn't always an
easy route to take. But the team at Blackbaud, headquartered on
Daniel Island, is committed to making a difference. We're doing
this through the inaugural Charleston Green Business Challenge.
by Charleston's Office of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability,
the challenge is a community wide effort to encourage businesses
to adopt green practices. At heart, the actual challenge is quite
simple. Each organization fills out a scorecard (adding up to 100
points) to create a baseline. Then, it works to adopt additional
green practices over the following 12 months. Next August (2011),
an updated scorecard is submitted and final determinations are made
about where each organization falls in terms of a tiered system
(1-5 with 1 being the best).
us, filling out the scorecard was a real education. Although Blackbaud
already has a lot of green practices - leading to the Green Business
Pioneer award we were so honored to receive last month from Charleston
Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. -- there are many additional things we
could and should do. The Charleston Green Business Challenge gave
us both the nudge we needed to act and a defined structure within
which to work. It also brought key stakeholders from across the
company together to answer the questions and determine what we would
strive to achieve over the next 12 months.
the baseline submitted, our next step is to assign leaders to each
of the objectives we're taking on. Some will be led by our facilities
director, who is response for our building and operations. Others
will be led by members of Greenbaud, our grassroots employee environmental
team. And still others will be led by my colleague, Sally Ehrenfried,
and me, from a corporate citizenship and volunteerism perspective.
These projects range from measuring our energy and water use and
conducting a waste stream audit to making our employee Green Fair
an annual event and better educating employees about our green practices.
Sustainability Institute has information about the scorecard and
how others can get involved. The Sustainability Institute, along
with Lowcountry Local First, the Green Fair, the Charleston Metro
Chamber of Commerce and Charleston County, has partnered with the
city of Charleston to bring this program to our community. The program
was piloted in Chicago and taken to five communities, including
Charleston, through an initiative run by ICLEI-Local Governments
Blackbaud, we have a corporate value that service to others makes
the world a better place. We know it's our responsibility to not
only give back, but to be good citizens in all ways. We're excited
to be a part of a community that cares enough to offer the Green
Business Challenge and encourage other organizations to join us.
The more we all do, the better our community will be.
Rachel Hutchisson is director of corporate citizenship and philanthropy
to honor fighters of domestic violence, aid victims
By ANN THRASH, contributing editor
16, 2010 - Charleston County ranks third in the state for reported
incidents of domestic violence, and there are a lot of people working
to change that. Some are professionals in the law enforcement or
social services arenas, and others are individuals and businesses
that work quietly to provide a dose of caring and hope to victims
of domestic violence. They're the kinds of people the Zonta Club
of Charleston wants to honor with a brand new award.
club is now accepting nominations for the first Breaking the Silence
Awards, which will recognize those making a difference for victims
of domestic violence. The winners will be announced at the first
Breaking the Silence Gala on January 22 at the Harbour Club downtown.
the rate of domestic violence in our county being so high, there
is no shortage of people whose lives have been touched by the crime.
Fortunately, local agencies like My Sister's House are working both
to change the numbers for the better and to make life itself better
for the women, children and men who are the heart of sobering statistics
than 40 percent of the violent crime that happens in South Carolina
occurs in "domestic victim to offender relationships"
-- violence between spouses, ex-spouses, romantic partners and
273,000 incidents of domestic violence reported statewide from
2004 to 2008 included 446 homicides, 6,478 incidents of sexual
violence, and more than 47,000 aggravated assaults within domestic
County reported 3,521 victims of domestic violence in 2008 - almost
10 people every day -- ranking it third in the state (Horry County,
with 4,197 victims, and Greenville County, with 3,915 victims,
were first and second). Berkeley County ranked No. 11, with 1,760
victims; Dorchester County ranked No. 13 with 1,602 victims.
statistics come from the most
recent e-newsletter published by My Sister's House, which was
quoting an S.C. Department of Public Safety study titled "Rule
of Thumb: A Five-Year Overview of Domestic Violence in South Carolina,"
published in May 2010.
along with the grim numbers in the newsletter came a page full of
hope: it spotlighted some of the creative ways in which so many
unsung heroes are helping the agency. For example, twice a week,
Sugar Bakeshop at 59-1/2 Cannon St. delivers a donation of homemade
cookies, cupcakes and other sweet goodies to the children and adults
at the shelter run by My Sister's House's. Another local business,
You've Got Maids of Charleston, has given time and elbow grease
to keep the shelter spic and span. Local Best Buy employees helped
reorganize and refurbish some storage spaces at the shelter recently.
The Circular Congregational Church donated funds that were used
for new outdoor lighting equipment and a steam cleaner. And Carolina
One Real Estate made a big contribution to support the agency's
& Brew fundraiser.
violence has become a crisis in South Carolina," says Vladia
Jurcova-Spencer, president of the Zonta
Club of Charleston. "The office of the attorney general
has named it the number one crime problem in our state. Zonta set
out to create an annual awards program that each year will recognize
those who are putting their lives on the line and are truly devoted
to making a difference in lives of domestic violence victims.
some this involvement means risking their lives by answering domestic
disturbance calls. Others fight their battle in the courtrooms.
For the most part, these individuals are not recognized for their
tireless work, and we want to rectify that," Jurcova-Spencer
says. "We also encourage business and organizations to step
up and compete for honors."
for the Breaking the Silence Awards are due Oct. 10, and the categories
include Best in Business, Best Volunteer, Best in Media, and Best
Professional. First District Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, prosecutor
for Charleston and Berkeley counties, will be the gala's guest speaker.
a nomination form or more on the gala, go
online. For questions or more details, call 345-3275.
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money: Work in your jammies
GREG GARVAN, contributing editor
16, 2010 - Do you want to green your business and save thousands
of dollars? Telework Research Network reports that letting employees
work 50 percent from home can save your business up to $10K annually.
Employees also save money on expenses, and both can lower their
carbon footprint. Charleston's green business world is a progressive
arena, please share any stories of how your business has greened
itself by letting employees work at home -- send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
super markets, one of the larger local grocery store chains,
reports a 2009 recycling rate of 45 percent. Because of the push
toward re-usable bags, they have kept 1 billion -- not a misprint
-- plastic and paper bags out of our waste stream. 'Reduce, re-use,
recycle' -- a shout out for Publix!
Green Fair, to be held in Marion Square from noon to 8
p.m. on Sept. 26, is being serviced by the Current Electric Vehicles
that are being sold right here in Charleston. These electric vehicles
are great neighborhood transportation and a wonderful way to reduce
your gas consumption. Come see new green technology in action!
Admission is only $5. Come green your world.
Garvan of James Island is president of Money with a Mission, an
18-year-old, fee-only financial planning firm that specializes in
socially responsible/ 'green' asset management. On the Web: moneywithamission.com.
named bike-friendly city
Charleston has been awarded the designation of Bicycle Friendly
Community by the League
of American Bicyclists.
Bicycle Friendly Community program recognizes communities that actively
support bicycling and are committed to improving public health and
quality of life while protecting the environment and providing better
is among 18 cities that received the Bronze level award. Overall,
Charleston joins 158 communities (out of 400 applicants) in 43 states
to be named bicycle friendly. The city must continue to make improvements
over the next four years to win higher designations at the silver,
gold and platinum levels.
City Council adopted an action plan endorsed by the League of American
Bicyclists on May 12, 2009. Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.
established a Bicycle Friendly Community Task Force in 2009, including
local bicycle organizations, bicycle shop owners, school representatives,
state and county officials, health-related non-profits and city
staff. The group developed the action steps necessary for recognition
by the League of American Bicyclists and completed an extensive
application in July 2010.
The city's next major projects are the addition of bicycle lanes
to Saint Andrews Boulevard, improvements to several miles of the
West Ashley Greenway and construction of a separated bike/pedestrian
lane on the T. Allen Legare Bridge to connect the Charleston peninsula
with the West Ashley Greenway. The city and advocacy groups work
closely with Charleston County, Berkeley County and SCDOT to ensure
bicycle and pedestrian facilities are included in new road and bridge
projects such as Bees Ferry Road, Harbor View Road and the proposed
extension of Interstate 526.
infant eye screenings available next week
week is InfantSEE® Week in South Carolina, and parents can get
free eye-checkups for their infants.
in 10 children is at risk from undiagnosed eye and vision problems,
which, if undetected, can lead to permanent vision impairments,
developmental delays and in rare cases, life-threatening health
On Sept. 24, parents can bring their infants in for a no-cost eye
check-up at the InfantSEE® Mobile Clinic stationed at Cathedral
of Praise, 3790 Ashley Phosphate Road from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. These
no-cost eye and vision assessments are available for all infants
aged six months to a year, regardless of a parent's income.
Additionally, more than 65 South Carolina-based optometrists will
be donating their time to providing no-cost comprehensive eye and
vision assessments for infants in their offices. Parents
can go online or call 1-877-252-2447 to find local optometrists
providing the no-cost eye check-ups in their area.
named to big list of top technology innovators
Inc., the leading global provider of software and services for nonprofits,
made this year's InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation's
most innovative users of business technology. Blackbaud debuted
on the list this year at number 209.
are honored to be recognized among the leading technology innovators
in the United States as part of the 2010 InformationWeek 500,"
said Todd Lant, vice president of corporate IT. "The entire
employee base at Blackbaud took our
corporate values to heart by participating in a company-wide
project called 'B the Difference,' and we are pleased to be recognized
for this innovative program."
"B the Difference," Blackbaud's employee-driven program,
focused on improving customer satisfaction and reducing cost. On
the IT front, multiple subsidiary operations were integrated, including
consolidation of major data centers, centralization of applications
and business processes and reorganization of IT operations.
22 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative
users of business technology," said InformationWeek Editor
In Chief Rob Preston. "As we start to emerge from the worst
recession in decades, the IT focus is now on driving growth - new
sources of revenue, new relationships with customers, even new business
models. This year's ranking placed special emphasis on those companies
and business technology executives leading that charge."
identifies and honors the nation's most innovative IT users with
its annual 500 listing and tracks the technology, strategies, investments
and administrative practices of America's best-known companies.
The 500 rankings are unique because they spotlight the power of
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the biggest IT spenders.
details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online.
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Jeremiah: Skills brought success and suspicion
Thomas (?-1775). Free black harbor pilot, alleged insurrectionary.
Thomas Jeremiah, or "Jerry," was a free person of color
who earned a living by navigating ships through the treacherous
waters of Charleston harbor. Little is known about his life. It
appears that he obtained his freedom sometime in the in the mid-to-late
eighteenth century. In addition to his skills as a harbor pilot,
Jeremiah worked as a firefighter and ran the fish market in Charleston's
he would become a slaveowner himself, acquiring an estate valued
at somewhere between £700 to £1,000 sterling. Earning
the respect of his own community as well as a number of prominent
white allies, the pilot undoubtedly blurred and transcended the
boundaries of race that were becoming ever more sharply drawn during
the course of his lifetime. Yet the same skills which initially
brought him success and notoriety would ultimately make him a target
paradoxical relationship to the power structure is perhaps best
illustrated by an incident that occurred in 1771. On July 17, he
was convicted of assaulting a white ship captain by the name of
Thomas Langen - a bold action for a black man living in the pre-Revolutionary
South - and was sentenced to an hour in the pillory and ten lashes
with a whip. In view of his public deeds, however, Lieutenant Governor
William Bull granted him a pardon. Four years later, when open conflict
broke out between Great Britain and her North American colonies,
Jeremiah would not be so lucky.
June 1775, he became the foremost suspect in an alleged plot by
the British to use the majority of the Carolina populace -- enslaved
blacks -- against the patriot rebels. As a man who had long worked
with battleships and fire, Jeremiah appeared to be the most plausible
and potentially dangerous link between black Carolinians and the
British. Embroiled in a cause célèbre between the
last royal governor of South Carolina, Lord William Campbell, and
patriot leader Henry Laurens, Thomas Jeremiah was adjudged guilty
by patriot authorities and sentenced to die under the Negro Act
August 18, 1775, at twelve o'clock noon, Jeremiah was brought before
the gallows in Charleston. Before the noose could be tightened around
his neck, he proclaimed his innocence and told his accusers that
"God's judgment would one day overtake them for shedding his
innocent blood." While the rest of spectacle is difficult to
piece together, Jeremiah reportedly met "death like a man and
a Christian." After he was asphyxiated, his remains were set
on fire - both a reminder and a warning. "Surely," one
contemporary concluded, "there is no murder so cruel and dangerous
as that committed under the appearance of law and justice."
Although we may never know whether he was "guilty" or
"innocent," Jeremiah's ordeal illustrated the three-way
struggle for power between blacks, Whigs, and Tories that was taking
place throughout the lower South on the eve of the Revolutionary
Excerpted from the entry by William Ryan. Ryan's
book is "The
World of Thomas Jeremiah." To read more about this or
2,000 other entries about South Carolina, check out The
South Carolina Encyclopedia by USC Press. (Information used
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founder of Face
to Face Charleston, helps busy single professionals find rewarding
relationships through event-based and private matchmaking. We asked
her for her five favorite dates in the Lowcountry. "What typically
makes a date truly great, is taking the time out to learn what your
love interest likes," she said.
My personal favorite. We started at Aroma's on Market to listen
to some light acoustic guitar. We walked over to Vendue Street
and the Waterfront Park. Sitting side-by-side swinging on the
pier gives you an opportunity to get close, and on a weeknight
you can actually find one open! Just before sunset we headed up
to the Pavilion Bar rooftop on East Bay. We both brought our cameras
and took pictures of the horizon as it changed. Finally hungry,
but wanting a casual dinner, we chose Bocci's. The handpainted
murals captivated us. After dinner, we sat on the park bench out
front talking and laughing some more while comparing our pictures.
I'm pretty sure that was the night I fell in love.
- Art Walk:
art engenders passion and is a great way to get to know someone.
Some of the nicest galleries are on Broad Street. You can follow
the same path as many of the public art and wine walks. Afterward,
head over to the courtyard at The Blind Tiger. With its lush foliage,
the outdoor courtyard is both cozy and airy. Try the covered glider.
Beach: There's something about dusk. Folly Beach pier is so
romantic. Locklear's has great food, you can walk the pier, enjoy
the view and the little gift shop is always fun. Buy each other
a little present. Blu has a fabulous deck right on the ocean and
great ambience, and the dining room's wispy white curtains remind
me of South Beach in Miami. Blu can get somewhat rowdy on the
weekend though. Drive past the washout for some alone time if
Be Scarlett and Rhett -- tour a plantation. Middleton Place has
pristine grounds and breathtaking vistas. Magnolia Plantation
is my second pick for most romantic. For something more special,
pack a picnic. If your cooking isn't great, have Caviar and Bananas
or a similar gourmet shop pack a bite and some wine for two.
For something different, try horseback riding at Seabrook Island.
The drive down under the gorgeous balcony of oak trees is so serene.
Beautifully cared-for horses will take you and your guest on a
beginner trail ride through the marshes, and if you are both experienced
you can ride on the beach. The stable and service is top notch.
Friedman at 843-529-9960 or go to FacetoFaceCharleston.com.
"Shut out all of your past except that which will help you
weather your tomorrows."
William Osler, British physician, (1849-1919)
THIS WEEK |
movie: 9 p.m., Sept. 18, Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park
pier. Enjoy a free outdoor family movie on a giant inflatable screen
next to Charleston Harbor. Bring chairs and spread out on the park's
Great Lawn. For
movie listings, go online.
at the Dock: Through Sept. 19. Charleston Stage celebrates its
return to the historic and renovated Dock Street Theatre with the
rocking musical, "Hairspray." Based on the cult John Waters
film "Hairspray," and set in 1960s racially divided Baltimore,
it tells the story of "pleasantly plump" Tracy Turnblad,
a girl with a big heart, big hair and an even bigger passion for
dancing. Suitable for all ages, tickets can be purchased
Vegetable gardening for beginners: 8 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday.
Join the Charleston Parks Conservancy for "Vegetable Gardening
for Beginners in the South," a basic how-to course. Because
the class will be at a private garden, participants will receive
location details after registering. Jim Martin, executive director
of the Conservancy, will lead the class. Cost: $25. Register
online or contact Park Angel Engagement Director Jenny
Independent Digital Filmmaking for Adults: 6:30 p.m., Sept.
The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Avenue, North Charleston.
This six-class course meets on Mondays and Wednesdays and focuses
on understanding professional techniques for making short films
and documentaries, as well as new ways to self-distribute as an
independent filmmaker. Using real-world production techniques, this
course is designed to support the beginner and the emerging digital
filmmaker. Participants will receive hands-on training in camera,
composition, lighting, audio, and editing. This is an excellent
opportunity for the home-schooled, K-12 teachers and librarians,
and is suitable for ages 16 to adult. Fee: $65. Go
online to register.
ONGOING AND SOON
on negotiations: 6 p.m., Sept. 20, Embassy Suites, 5055
International Blvd., North Charleston. Jane Perdue, principal/CEO,
The Braithewaite Group, speaks on "Negotiation: In Life and
In Business" at the Jessamine Chapter of the American Business
Women's Association meeting. Non-members are welcome and dinner
will be served. $18. Reservations requested, contact Donna Vellon
at (843) 486-3966 or go
Mile Weekend: Sept. 25-26. Visit five museums, seven historic
buildings and one powder magazine all for $20. This single Museum
Mile Weekend pass gives you admission at 13 sites along Meeting
Street. Many of the cultural institutions will also offer special
programs during Museum Mile Weekend. Order
online, call 722-2996 ext. 235, or buy in person at any official
Charleston Area Visitor Center location. $20/adult, $10/child 12
reform talk: 4:30 p.m., Sept. 29, The College Center
at the Complex for Economic Development at Trident Technical College,
7000 Rivers Ave., Building 920. The Education Foundation and area
chambers of commerce present Mike Fanning, executive director of
the Olde English Consortium. Fanning will speak on South Carolina's
tax system and the need for comprehensive tax reform to improve
funding for public education, health and human services, public
safety, roads and infrastructure and higher education. Free. More
Poetry and paint: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Oct. 26,
The Meeting Place, 1077 East Montague Ave., North Charleston. An
adult workshop featuring Poetry and Paint taught by Mary Harris
and Karole Turner Campbell. Participants will be inspired to combine
poetry and paint in a unique experience that combines two art forms.
Materials are provided. Fee: $5. Registration begins one month ahead
and ends two days prior to class.
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