• Preparing for Heavy Rain

    As we stare down an epic rainfall event in Charleston, preparation for potential damage to homes is in order. To help ensure personal safety and the protection of our homes and personal property, consider these guidelines from Rain Ready, an initiative of the urban sustainability laboratory Center for Neighborhood Technology. Before The Event Inspect your home. Remove leaves and debris from gutters, clear your storm drains and drainage areas of any debris or trash, make

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  • Charleston Street Flooding, Mapped

    Crowd sourcing data can produce wonderfully useful results. In this case, a crowd-sourced map of flood-prone streets in notoriously flood-prone Charleston. We’re entering the rainy season in August, so use scrupulously.

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  • 7 Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Dinner

    You don’t have to go cold tofurkey to green your Thanksgiving meal. Try these seven ways to have a celebration full of all your favorite Thanksgiving traditions — while putting some eco-friendly twists on your feast.       1. Have the “coolest” Turkey Day ever Can a turkey dinner help fight climate change? It can when it’s made using foods that have a low carbon footprint. Wondering if it’s greener to opt for Tofurkey

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  • Army Corps to Deepen Charleston Harbor

    The S.C. Ports Authority and the Army Corps of Engineers have finalized a plan to deepen the Charleston harbor. They still need public input and to go through more than a year of a formal approval process. They presented the $509 million project to the public Tuesday night; $343 million from state funds and $166 million from federal funds. Officials described the deepening as necessary to be able to accommodate the growing size of ships.

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  • How Clean is Charleston Tap Water?

    I read this week about Boston winning the 2014 “Best of the Best” in a taste test hosted by the American Water Works Association. The tap water in Boston is so clean, the city got a waiver from the EPA mandate that requires cities to filter and treat tap water, which typically involves a veritable cocktail of unpleasant chemicals dumped by the tons. My first thought was the taste of Charleston tap water – it’s

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  • Christmas Tree Recycling

    As it does every year, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is offering its Christmas tree recycling to everyone in the county. Once depleted of their holiday cheer, they are ground into compost at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. Collection is easy – if you live in a municipality where curbside yard waste is picked up, then trees can be left at the curb; otherwise you can drop your tree off at the Bees Ferry site. Added bonus: if

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