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May. 30th, 2007 | 07:35 am

Green council sets up Lowcountry chapter

By Lindsay Street , Staff Writer

South Carolina’s green industry is exploding, said Brad DeVos, an engineer with DWG Inc.

South Carolina is a small state, yet it has 270 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified professionals in the state, said DeVos, who is setting up a Lowcountry chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED is a program supervising and certifying green construction, and it accredits professionals with the tools needed to construct LEED projects.

The council was originally designed to be a nationwide organization. However, as interest grew in green building, state chapters began to develop. South Carolina’s chapter meets in Columbia. But that is just too far away for many of the LEED professionals and green-oriented builders of the Lowcountry to use as a resource, DeVos said.

The council has more than 70 chapters across the nation with close to 9,000 member companies and organizations.

Urban and suburban sprawl is becoming less of a trend and that is one of the reasons people have become more interested in building green, DeVos said. Building green refers to using sustainable materials, materials that are manufactured or produced within 350 miles of the project and practices, such as New Urbanism, that decrease reliance on vehicular transportation.

Living close to a downtown area and living in apartments is becoming the new trend, DeVos said.

“People are starting to realize it’s not just for people who are really, really energy conscious or liberal,” DeVos said. It has become a holistic approach to working with the environment. “People are coming out of the woodwork.”

In 2005, green building products in the United States became a $7 billion industry. The industry is expected to grow to over $12 billion in 2007, according to a U.S. Green Council report.

The local chapter follows in the wake of the Sustainability Institute, which started giving workshops in 2003 and serves as a green building education tool for the community.

Bryan Cordell, executive director for the institute, serves on the local chapter’s steering committee as educator. Since 2003, the institute has helped more than 950 participants go green and save $188,840 in energy costs, Cordell said.

The local council chapter is in the first phase of its three-phase plan. In this first phase, DeVos and others will develop a strong steering committee to help develop the focus of the council.

Next, the council will garner community interest and support. Thirdly, the council will begin to hold meetings and work out its future mission. DeVos expects the council to begin meeting in July or August.

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Sustainable living in the Low country

from: anonymous
date: Aug. 9th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)

Grateful for the open roads towards energy efficient use of the sun, soil and hard work that comes with building super adobes and earthships. The African Theological Archministry seeks to create partnerships and alliances with other organizations in the state that want to move toward environmentally conscoius resources and allainces. Please keep us abreast of the meetings in our area....the sustainability institute,,,,the the development of the Green council in the Beaufort/Jasper County areas as it structures and organizes. Thankyou! Please write to us at www.oyotunji.org or Igberohinjade@gmail.com

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