What do we envision?
Sustainable Greenville online network is a showcase of success stories in which sustainability is leading the way toward a higher quality of life in Greenville, our state, our nation and our planet.
An educated community arisen from such a network will value entities and events presenting a way of living and being that require us to constantly define and implement sustainability into our regular day to day lives. The resources both within Sustainable Greenville and within the community will result in expanded educational, environmental and economical bases, allowing for future development that is organic and self sustaining.
It is the mission of Sustainable Greenville to connect the citizens of the Upstate to the organizations, businesses and events that are improving the quality of life within the community by embracing sustainable principles.
What do we uphold as principles of higher engagement?
Sustainable Greenville recognizes five primary PILLARS when engaging the community in sustainable issues:
Education – Nothing changes if we don’t educate the public on how the current environment affects their lives and what is available to build and achieve a higher quality of life.
Knowledge – To educate the public means providing the most current knowledge available and encouraging the public to search for knowledge in every part of life.
Cooperation – Building coalitions across communities is critically important. Quality intercommunication occurs when people decide a collaborative effort is necessary for a higher quality of life. People work together to put aside fragmented and competing ways of operating and develop new frameworks of cooperative development.
Progress – In tandem with truth, integrity and ethics, progress will lead us to a better tomorrow. There would be no quality of life without progress. Progress means stronger communities.
Sustainability – The first four principles mean nothing if we don’t recognize sustainability as the underlying pillar of community growth. (please see "What Is Sustainable" page.)
Sustainable Greenville also has a goal to identify those values the citizenry hold in common. To think that there are only five principles to move us forward is arrogant and foolish. We are directly held responsible for making the values of the public known and used as a basis for continued growth.
Sustainability means doing things better – not doing without.
- David Suzuki "Sustainability within a Generation: A New Vision for Canada", forward, pg vi
You are only as strong as your purpose; therefore let us choose reasons to act that are big, bold, righteous and eternal.
- Barry Munro
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
- Martin Luther King
There are then two laws that we had better take to be absolute. The first is that as we cannot exempt ourselves from living in this world, then if we wish to live, we cannot exempt ourselves from using this world…If we cannot exempt ourselves from use, then we must deal with the issues raised by use. And so the second law is that if we want to continue living, we cannot exempt use from care.
- Wendell Berry, “The Obligation of Care”, Sierra, Oct. 1995
When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.
- Henry David Thoreau