Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston

Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston

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Join the Honors College for the 2022 Lowcountry Citizens' Summit: Climates Converging, generously co-sponsored by Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston. This year, students, faculty, staff, and community members will meet virtually and in-person to hear speakers and join in conversations about critical issues in the Charleston community. All are welcome to join us for any part of the event happening on Friday, 4/8, from 12-3 PM. Please visit our website for more information and to register!

https://honors.cofc.edu/honors-advantage/lowcountry-citizens-summit.php
Everyone join us in thanking the exhibitions sponsors for "Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her" 👏 We are so grateful to these funders for helping to bring Dyani White Hawk's exhibition to fruition for our community!
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South Carolina Humanities awarded the Halsey Institute a Major Grant in support of the exhibition.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.
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The Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston (CSD) is a collection of students, staff and faculty who are concerned about and invested in addressing the many problems that plague today’s society. Collectively, they focus on applied research, experiential learning, operational management and public engagement – on campus and in the greater Charleston community.
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College of Charleston College of Charleston - School of the Arts Dyani White Hawk Polk #HalseyInstitute
Reminder❗️ Join us over on halsey.cofc.edu/events/live at 2:00 PM EST for today's Artist Talk - Dyani White Hawk for "Hear Her"
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Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates society’s consistent ignorance of Native people. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native people. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude over centuries have helped their peoples’ languages and cultures to survive.
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"Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her" is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. This exhibition is also supported by the Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston, which provides students with the opportunities and resources to engage in our community sustainably.

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Dyani White Hawk Polk in collaboration with cinematographer Razelle Benally, "LISTEN" (still detail), 2020, eight-channel HD video installation with sound, Chapter 1 © Dyani White Hawk, Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery, Minneapolis.
Opening on Friday, January 14, 2022, the Halsey Institute is proud to present our next exhibition, “Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her”
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Dyani White Hawk’s work illuminates the lived experiences of Native Peoples. With her video, photography, and works in other media, she aims to use the language of visual art to bring light to the deep chasm between our understanding of history and the truth. Her work weaves together forms from the canon of Western art along with the visual languages and traditions of Native Peoples. In doing so, her work spotlights Native women, whose strength and fortitude throughout centuries of colonization have helped their peoples' languages and cultures survive.

On view in "Hear Her," White Hawk’s video installation "LISTEN" [slides 1 - 4] presents a series of Native women speaking their Indigenous languages. Each film takes place on tribal homelands, and viewers hear the respective languages without translation. As such, White Hawk puts a focus not only on the resonance of each speaker, but she also reveals society’s collective ignorance of the Indigenous people, culture, and languages of the land on which we live. Chapter 1 of "LISTEN" features eight videos. White Hawk plans to continue the series to include 24 videos. For this presentation of "Hear Her," the Halsey Institute commissioned White Hawk to create a video to honor the Catawba Nation, located in South Carolina.

White Hawk’s photography installation "I Am Your Relative" [slides 5 - 7] confronts the gross stereotypes and distorted caricatures that dehumanize and commodify Native women. The installation, a collaboration with photographer Tom Jones (Ho-Chunk), consists of six life-size photographic prints located in the middle of a gallery, rather than on the walls. The works are double-sided; the front side shows Native women wearing shirts that read: “I am / More than your desire / More than your fantasy / More than a mascot / Ancestral love prayer sacrifice / Your relative.” On the backside of the work, the tribal affiliation of each woman is printed across her shirt, signifying the importance of her life within her community, and beyond.

In moving the photographs off the gallery walls into the middle of the space, White Hawk emphasizes the humanity of the women photographed. Visitors are forced to move around them in the gallery, as if the women were standing side-by-side in the gallery themselves. About the installation, White Hawk states: “The whole concept of ‘I Am Your Relative’ is rooted in Lakota philosophy and understanding of our relatedness. It’s a guiding value of how we treat one another and all life.” In "Hear Her," White Hawk’s work shines a light on the misrepresentation of Native Peoples while reinforcing the fact that we are all connected as human beings.

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"Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her" is sponsored in part by South Carolina Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage. This exhibition is also supported by the Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston, which provides students with the opportunities and resources to engage in our community sustainably.
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Credits:
Slides 1 – 4: "LISTEN" [still], 2020. All "LISTEN" works by Dyani White Hawk Polk in collaboration with cinematographer Razelle Benally. Part of a multi-channel HD video installation with sound. Stills of languages in order of slides: Taos, Ho-Chunk, Quechan, Seneca.
Slides 5 – 7: Dyani White Hawk in collaboration with photographer Tom Jones, "I Am Your Relative," 2020, photo-sculpture © Dyani White Hawk.

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Another successful Energy Efficiency Workshop in the books! ⚡️💡💧
Thanks to the CofC Sustainability Team for hosting us!

Our AmeriCorps Members have put a lot of hard work into relaunching this workshop, and we are proud to see it in action!

We are still accepting applications for young adults to join our AmeriCorps program, the Environmental Conservation Corps!
✅ Apply Now: https://linktr.ee/sustainabilityinstitutesc

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#AmeriCorps #EnergyEfficiency #Energy #EnergyConservation #Water #WaterConservation #Conservation
November is bustling! All event info at go.cofc.edu/artscalendar :

Nov 1 – Concert by vocalists Alexis Davis-Hazell & Earl Hazell (part of CofClcwa Black Lives series and supported by Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston)

Nov 2 – International Piano Series: Volodymyr Vynnytsky

Nov 5 – College of Charleston Concert Choir Performance

Nov 9 – Halsey Talks - Photography & Colonialism

Nov 10 – Lecture by artist/animal rights activist Sue Coe

Nov 13 & 14 – College of Charleston Opera Scenes concert

Nov 17 – David Provan sculpture lecture

Nov 19, 20, 21 – A Sudden Spontaneous Event theatre production

Nov 29 – College of Charleston Orchestra concert

#artisticheartbeatsota #charlestonsc #chsarts
November is bursting at the seams with arts events! Visit go.cofc.edu/artscalendar for details about artist lectures, theatre shows, and concerts of opera, theatre, choir, piano and orchestra:

Nov 1 – Concert by vocalists Alexis Davis-Hazell & Earl Hazell (part of CofClcwa Black Lives series and supported by Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston)

Nov 2 – International Piano Series: Volodymyr Vynnytsky

Nov 5 – College of Charleston Concert Choir Performance

Nov 9 – Halsey Talks - Photography & Colonialism

Nov 10 – Lecture by artist/animal rights activist Sue Coe

Nov 13 & 14 – College of Charleston Opera Scenes concert

Nov 17 – David Provan sculpture lecture

Nov 19, 20, 21 – A Sudden Spontaneous Event theatre production

Nov 29 – College of Charleston Orchestra concert
Shout out to everyone that joined us for Indigenous Peoples' Day: Celebration & Day of Service! Many thanks to William 'Bubba' Green III and Chef Tianna Powell for hosting us to honor and celebrate the legacy of Gullah and other Indigenous peoples.

Our team of AmeriCorps Members, College of Charleston students and SI supporters spent the day constructing garden beds, learning how to grow mushrooms, and foraging the forest floor for fungi!

We started our day with Chef T to construct raised garden beds that will grow herbs and produce to use in dishes that serve the community through The Stone Soup Collective CHS & Destiny Community Café. Chef T also made us a delicious plant-based & locally-sourced lunch of fire roasted squash, sweet potatoes, and wild rice. Bubba, the Gullah mushroom expert, taught us how to cultivate mushrooms in bags of oat grains and pine straw. The day ended with a foraging tour led by Bubba to identify fungi and plants.

We are so grateful for opportunities like this to gain & hone our skills with our AmeriCorps Members and to connect to the environment around us!

Special thanks to Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston for donating compostable service ware and supporting our efforts towards zero waste!

📍 Cusabo-Coosa land & water

Are you interested in gaining hands-on experience in conservation/sustainability? Consider joining the Environmental Conservation Corps (AmeriCorps)!
✅ Apply Now! https://forms.gle/Qox4s7jNAA3ZWV3d6

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CofC Center for Civic Engagement
The Woodlands Nature Reserve

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #AmeriCorps #TheCorpsNetwork #SustainThis #Sustainability #Mushrooms #Foraging #Fungi

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Operating as usual

04/08/2022

Two of our interns, Rachael Weidman (Left) and Kate Liseo (Right) presented their work, “Are Responses to Climate Change Related to a Component of Mindfulness?” at the Research Expo this week!

We are so proud of them for all of the hard work they put in both inside and outside of the classroom!

04/07/2022

TOMORROW (4/8) from 12:00 - 3:00 PM, we are partnering with the Honors College is hosting the Lowcountry Citizens’ Summit (via zoom and in-person at Thaddeus Street Jr Education Building, Room 212)!

Students, faculty, staff, and community members will have the chance to meet virtually and in-person to hear speakers and have conversations about critical issues in the Charleston community. Two of our own, Jen Jones and Regan Krist, will be leading conversations throughout the day!

Please see the link in our bio to learn more and register for this event!

04/06/2022

Do you commute to campus? Want a chance to win a $50 gift card?? Take our 2022 transportation survey!

Help us gather valuable information about how you get to campus, and how we can improve moving forward. Open to responses from students, faculty, and staff — follow the link in our bio to get started.

Photos from Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston's post 04/06/2022

Let’s follow Cosette’s example and recycle our disposable masks! Have you seen the mask recycling bins in the JC Long and Robert Scott Small buildings?

A Cougar Changemaker project by Connor Langer, Burnadette Golemis, Julia Izzi, and Kimberley Burgess made this a reality on campus.

According to FairPlanet.org, OceanAsia «released a report estimating that there would be roughly 1.56 billion face masks flooding the oceans around the globe in that year alone.» Once the masks break up in the oceans, it causes more micro plastics which can be swallowed by all kinds of organisms. Let’s do our part to help combat these consequences at CofC!

04/04/2022

We're back with another #ALUMonday!Today, we are excited to highlight Ewan Oglethorpe '12. He is the executive director of Data Friendly Space, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization committed to improving humanitarian responses through better use of data and better data. To find out more about Ewan and his organization, head to the Alumni Impact link in our bio!

04/04/2022

Do you commute to campus? Want a chance to win a $50 gift card?? Take our 2022 Transportation Survey!

Help us gather valuable information about how you can get to campus, and how we can improve moving forward. Open to responses from students, faculty, and staff — follow the link in our bio to get started.

04/01/2022

🌟SAVE THE DATE🌟
The 2022 Sustainability Week is happening April 18th to 22nd! Here is a highlight of events for the week. Stay tuned for more information!

04/01/2022

Do you commute to campus? Want a chance to win a $50 gift card?? Take our 2022 transportation survey!

Help us gather valuable information about how you get to campus, and how we can improve moving forward. Open to responses from students, faculty, and staff — follow the link in our bio to get started.

Cougar Free Store: Good for the Budget, Environment and Community 03/30/2022

Cougar Free Store: Good for the Budget, Environment and Community

Check out this incredible video of the CSD Cougar Free Store, featuring one of our student interns, Kate Liseo, and the Sustainability Director, Darcy Everett!

Cougar Free Store: Good for the Budget, Environment and Community by Lauren Graves Free Store: This unusual oxymoron is now a reality on campus. And, as the name implies, students, faculty and students can come to the Cougar Free Store and take whatever they want, no payment necessary. “You go in and just take whatever you need,” says Kate Liseo,

03/29/2022

Come celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility in the Stern Gardens this Thursday (3/31)!! 🏳️‍⚧️
There will be plenty of games and activities starting at 4 PM.

03/28/2022

Happy #ALUMonday! Lauren Shipley is the co-founder and executive director of @artisanglobal , a nonprofit that develops sustainable jobs, strategies and workspaces alongside international artisan businesses in post-conflict regions. To learn more about Lauren & the incredible work she does, check out our Alumni Impact page — link in bio!

Sustainable Sustainability for Faculty, Staff 03/28/2022

Sustainable Sustainability for Faculty, Staff

Check out this article that was featured in the College Today!
https://today.cofc.edu/2022/03/24/sustainable-sustainability-for-faculty-staff-fs/

Also, make sure to mark your calendars for the 2022 Sustainability Week, happening April 18th - 22nd. More information to come!

Sustainable Sustainability for Faculty, Staff There are plenty of ways faculty and staff can participate in Sustainability Week (April 18–22) this year. But, by definition, you can’t limit sustainability to just one week of the year. Fortunately, there are even more ways faculty and staff can sustain their efforts all year long. “Sustaina...

03/25/2022

One more day until #dayOfService!! Registration still open - see link in bio!

Photos from Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston's post 03/21/2022

We hope to see everyone at the QEP Day of Service THIS Saturday from 10:00 am-4:30 pm! Follow the link in our bio for more info and to register. We’re excited to get together as a community to serve our community! 💛🏘💚#sustainthecity#cofcdayofservice

03/21/2022

We’re kicking off our Alumni Highlight series with @josemchiriboga, the founder and proprietor of @remu.apparel. To learn more about Jose & the rest of our awesome alumni, check out our NEW Alumni Impact page — link in bio! #ALUMonday#sustaincofc

03/16/2022

Hope you’ll join us!
#genderequityweek

03/09/2022

Want a free Diva Cup?!? Join us and SGA next Tuesday during GSEC’s Gender Equity week for a film screening and cup giveaway! This project brought to you by the Cougar Changemaker program.

02/23/2022

Welcome Lexi! She is a Sophomore who hopes to continue to learn more about sustainability throughout her time at the College. When not at the Center for Sustainable Development, she can be found at the beach or walking around The Battery! #CSDIntern

02/18/2022

One of the events we are hosting this month is a lecture by Dr. Destin Jenkins on his book, "The Bonds of Inequality: Debt and the Making of the American City." Happy reading and we hope you enjoy this virtual event next Friday, February 25th from 3-5 PM!

02/16/2022

Welcome our new intern, Tana’ya! She is a senior studying Communication and Spanish and we’re so lucky to have her creating our graphic designs. In her free time, she likes listening to new music and spending time with her friends. If you can’t find her soaking up some sun, you’ll likely see her around campus rollerskating! #CSDInterns

02/14/2022

Happy Darwin Week! Stop by Rita 101 or use the QR code to register for Zoom to attend a talk by Austin Gray this Friday at 3:00 PM.

Photos from Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston's post 02/11/2022

Thank you all for helping us keep this resource stocked! This is the second highest volume of donations we've received in one month since opening…322 Ibs 🥳! We are now open weekdays 9-5pm (excluding Tuesdays) at our new location (207 Calhoun St., Room 102). Want to learn more about donating? Check out the Cougar Free Store Guide in our Linktree for more information!

02/10/2022

Join the CSD & EVSS Masters program on Tuesday, February 15th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for an opportunity to learn more about careers in sustainability! 🤩 Email us at [email protected] or DM us to register. This event will be on Zoom!

02/10/2022

Have you visited our Little Free Library at 207 Calhoun Street? Nicole Colonel, Jordan Diaz, Selena Nelson, and Christian Suter’s Cougar Changemaker project has been installed! Grab a book & leave a book 📚❤️

Photos from Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston's post 02/07/2022

Thank you to everyone who helped with the TD arena waste audit!

In case you didn’t hear, we received the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Collegiate Recycling Grant!

This grant will support the purchase of new, dual-stream recycling and trash bins for TD Arena to begin capturing the significant amount of recyclables generated throughout the year.

We completed a waste audit of 80% of the game day trash from the CofC - Hofstra game on January 27 to better understand the types of waste being generated at TD Arena, and which recyclables can be diverted from that waste stream.

01/31/2022

If you have a sustainable project idea but need help making possible, consider submitting a proposal to our Changemaker Program! Go to the link in our bio for more info.

Photos from Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston's post 01/28/2022

Thank you to everyone who showed up to celebrate our open house! If you didn’t get the chance to come see us, please stop by to say hello and browse our Cougar Free Store (Monday & Wednesday-Friday 9AM-5PM)

01/24/2022

Don’t miss out on our Open House and Free Store Relaunch this Wednesday, January 26th! @allianceforplanetearth and @sustainablefashioncofc will be tabling outside the Center.

We’ll have treats, activities, and free items to share. If you can’t make it into our new space on 207 Calhoun this Wednesday, feel free to join our Instagram Live for a virtual tour at 12:30 PM. We can’t wait to see you!

01/24/2022

Don’t miss out on our Open House and Free Store Relaunch this Thursday, January 26th! We’ll have treats, activities, and free items to share. If you can’t make it into our new space on 207 Calhoun, feel free to join our Instagram Live for a virtual tour at 12:30. We can’t wait to see you!

Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston updated their address. 01/19/2022

Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston updated their address.

Center for Sustainable Development at the College of Charleston updated their address.

01/19/2022

Come check out the Blue Bin Brigade! We’ll be handing out free recycling bins you can rent for the semester, reusable straws, sustainability stickers, and zero waste pocket guides! You can find us in the alley by McAlister/Lightsey today until 2 and Thursday (4-6:30), and McConnell on Friday (12:00-2:30). See you there ♻️ 💚 *Our new office is at 207 Calhoun if you’d like to stop by and rent one after this week*

01/19/2022

We hope everyone is having a great start to the semester and we would like to take a moment to remember Martin Luther King Jr for his work fighting for civil and voting rights. As students we must reflect on how social justice and racial inequality can be re-imagined in our lifetimes and in our respective worlds. We’d like to hear from you; how did you remember and honor MLK Jr. on Monday?

The Office of Sustainability

The Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston was officially founded in the fall of 2011 and has been growing ever since. Now with 8 staff members and 28 student interns, a multitude of projects and programs have been created and carried out varying from the Student Bike Share Program to Social Justice Coffee Hour to Synergies to Zero Waste.

The Office of Sustainability is a hub for sustainability and sustainable development. We focus on applied research opportunities, experiential learning, operational management, and public engagement on campus and in the greater Charleston community. We not only want to make our campus more sustainable, but also want to educate our students and faculty on how they can make a difference as well. We are all interconnected and part of one great, big community!

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