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2015 Baseline Sustainability Reports

Executive Summary ( 1367kb)
Responsibility (1,439kb)
Risk (22,202kb)
Resiliency (692kb)
Data Supplement (13,251kb)

BASELINE SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT

Overview
Experience Green (EG) is a group of people who live, work and play in Beaufort County, SC; the heart of the Lowcountry. We love and care deeply about where we live, and we want our communities to succeed today, tomorrow, and beyond—making money, making memories, attracting visitors, providing resources and supporting our natural environment. The EG mission to build sustainable communities that benefit the planet, its people, and its prosperity.

Experience Green also wants to be sure that our projects and programs best support the sustainability of our unique communities. To understand this fully, we have engaged a professional consulting team to conduct a Baseline Sustainability Assessment of Hilton Head Island that will be a measurement of where we are today, so we can determine where we should go tomorrow. It evaluates indicators with local relevance, but that also contribute to global sustainability.

We sometimes assume that electricity, water, food sources, transportation, etc. will always be available when we as consumers want them. But with our current rate of consumption and impact, worldwide population increasing and resource availability declining, can we sustain the quality of life and the environment that we love? The Baseline Sustainability Assessment evaluates the island’s sustainability in accordance with recognized national and global standards, and this effort will set reference points from which we can develop initiatives, define priorities, set goals and measure our progress.

We are pleased to work with WAP Sustainability to ensure results are at the highest standards. The assessment is now completed and EG is launching a Community Education & Engagement program that will:
• Educate and raise awareness about sustainability
• Inform on the status of sustainability for Hilton Head Island (how we are doing with managing our resources)
• Communicate relative and intangible costs/benefits of sustainable practices
• Generate ideas directly from those who will invest in, implement and benefit from sustainable practices
• Build a unified effort for sustainability

The report results are now available to all (government, residents, civic groups, businesses, etc.) to help community leadership identify opportunities for improvement and highlight successes that contribute to making the region sustainable. It will help us determine our biggest areas of impact, create a plan, and develop projects to provide the most effective changes. Success relies on participation from the entire community to promote culture change and catalyze efforts for making Hilton Head Island more sustainable.

The reports are broken into modules that focus on the following issues:
1. A Project Overview and Executive Summary (recommended to read first)
2. Responsibility
3. Risk
4. Resilience
5. Supplemental Data

Two more reports will be forthcoming:
1. The Community Engagement Presentation
2. The results of the Community Engagement Questionnaire

Longer term will come policy recommendations and project propositions for making improvements in the local and regional sustainability positions and then baseline updates.

2014 • MEASURE FOR SUCCESS… Launch!

Baseline Sustainability Assessment with Community Education & Engagement Project

Sustainability for a community relies on a lot of resources to ensure quality of life for its inhabitants today, and for the future. It is sometimes easy to assume that electricity, water, food sources, transportation, etc. will always be available when we as consumers want them. But with population worldwide increasing and resource availability declining, can we sustain the quality of life and the environment that we love at our current rate of consumption and impact?

To understand this best, in conjunction with the Sustainability Advisory Committee of Greater Island Council, we are conducting a Baseline Sustainability Assessment of Hilton Head Island, a project that will measurement where we are as a community today so we can determine where we should go tomorrow. It will evaluate indicators that have local relevance, but that also contribute to global sustainability. There is currently no data available that evaluates and measures the island’s sustainability in accordance with recognized national and global standards, and this effort will set a baseline from which we can set goals and measure our progress. “We can’t manage what we can’t measure,” said Teresa Wade, founder and executive director of Experience Green.

There is currently no baseline data available for Hilton Head Island that evaluates sustainability in accordance with recognized global standards.

The assessment will consider water, waste, energy, transporta­tion and mobility, labor and food, urban for­estry, community education, and position in the marketplace. Experience Green is pleased to have the help of WAP Sustainability, an independent sustainability con­sultancy, to ensure results at the high­est standards.

The assessment will take 6-9 months, and once complete, Experience Green will launch a Community Education and Engagement program in collaboration with many stakeholder groups on Hilton Head Island. It is our goal that this info and idea exchange will:

Educate and raise awareness about sustainability
Inform on the status of sustainability for Hilton Head Island (how we are doing with managing our resources)
Communicate relative and intangible costs/benefits of sustainable practices
Generate ideas direct from stakeholders that will invest in, implement and benefit from sustainable practices
Build a unified effort for sustainability

The information gleaned will be available to all (government, residents, civic groups, businesses, etc.) to help community leadership identify opportunities for improvement and highlight suc­cesses that contribute to making the region sustainable. It will help us determine our biggest areas of impact, create a plan, and develop projects to provide the most effective changes.

The total cost for the Baseline Sustainability Assessment with Community Education & Engagement program is $75,000, an investment by and in the community to benefit all.

Community FoundationExperience Green seeks organizations and individuals to support this project. Your investment reduces the potential cost of inaction, and will support Experience Green and our community's next steps on the journey to sustainability. To make a donation or receive more information, email us at info@experiencegreen.org.

Thank you to the following individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed to the effort.

Anonymous Donor
Be Green Packaging
Beaufort County
Denis Bonnett
Art and Jerry Brown
Charter One Realty
Coligny - The Richardson Group
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Dade International Paper Company
Dallas International Trading and Solutions
Ferrell Gas
Marc and Anushka Frey
Chalmers and Sonja Gorman
The Grainger Foundation
Graves Construction
Greater Island Council
Greenwood Communities and Resorts
John and Julie Hallquist

Hilton Head Area Association of Realtors
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
Hilton Head Plantation
Hilton Head PSD
Hilton Head Regional Hospital
i2Recycle
Keith Kahl
Kigre
Peter Kristian
Long Cove Club
Marriott Vacation Club
John and Val McCann
Boyd and Andrea McCleary
Sally McGarry
Margaret McManus
Bob and Carolyn Moore
Palmetto Dunes POA
Palmetto Electric Cooperative
Pratt Industries

Rotary Club of Hilton Head Island
Charles Sampson Real Estate Group
Sea Pines - CSA
Sea Pines Resort
Shipyard Plantation
Sonesta Resorts
South Island PSD
Suburban Propane
Sunset Rotary Club
Sustainable Solutions
Sysco
Susan Thomas
Town of Hilton Head Island
Van Landingham Rotary Club
Jerry and Connie Voight
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa
Wexford Plantation
Wood + Partners

A steering committee will oversee the procurement and implementation processes, and is made up of members from the Experience Green Board of Directors and the GIC Sustainability Advisory Council:

Mark Baker
Mike Bennett
Peter Kristian
Boyd McCleary

Stu Rodman
Tom Trout
Teresa Wade
Tony Wartko

To make a donation or receive more info, email us at info@experiencegreen.org. Your investment reduces the potential cost of inaction, and will support Experience Green and our community's next steps on the journey to sustainability.

Baseline Sustainability Assessment in the Media

Using their Head: Hilton Head Island to Complete Baseline Sustainability Assessment, GREEN CONNECTION, June 5, 2014, City of Charleston Dept of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability
Help Protect What Makes Us Unique, LAST CALL, June 2014, Hilton Head Monthly