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Culture and Community

This page features some of the efforts the Office of Sustainability has undertaken to become more involved with the local culture and community in and around the College of Charleston. Through the Book Share, Urban Garden Apprenticeship, and Sustainable Greek initiatives, the Office is working to bring sustainable ideas and practices to a wide variety of different peoples on campus. 

Book Share

Black Tap Book ShareIn Fall of 2012, the first book share location was piloted at Black Tap Coffee on Beaufain street. Each day, the book exchange is made available to passersby and patrons who can share their books and magazines. The aim of the book exchange was to first designate a place where anyone in the community could share books they loved or no longer had use for, as well as highlight values of social sustainability that are often overlooked such as community, trust, and sharing. More recently, DVD's were spotted in the book exchange, and we can't wait to see what else the community will share next. In June 2013, Brown's Court on St. Phillips became a new site for the book share program.

As of summer 2014, the book share program is bumping with excitement! We are building a birdhouse library for the Urban Garden in the Political Science Courtyard. Book review journals have been put into the book share locations so people can share opinions about the books they have read and a way to communicate with other people in the community.

Keep checking back for updates on new locations!

Greek Life

Visit the new Greek Life page for up-to-date information.

Fair Labor Practices

Sustainability not only encompasses a large array of environmental justice issues and energy reduction efforts, but it also requires an evolution in our social and cultural practices as well. The Fair Labor Practices Commitment is a project that connects global and local issues by examining the multifaceted relationships between College of Charleston licensees, their factories overseas, as well as the working conditions of the physical plant staff and faculty.

The project seeks to educate and create awareness about the interconnected relationships between the Fair Labor Association and the communities they impact directly and indirectly such as:

  • Trademark licensing
  • Companies/factories
  • The College of Charleston
  • Workers Rights Consortium

Stay tuned for more information about fair labor at the College of Charleston.

Sustainability Orientation

Beginning in the summer 2012, the Office of Sustainability started working with New Student Orientation to welcoming incoming freshmen and transfer students to the campus. We are currently involved with the Information Fair, as well as presenting to all new students during the second day of orientation. Office staff and interns have created materials designed to take new campus-community members through sustainable initiatives at the College and how they can become involved with the Office. The Green Guide is a comprehensive brochure to all things sustainability at CofC, while the Move-In guide was created specifically for students living in the residence halls. 

Orientation Summer 2015

Urban Garden Apprenticeship Program

Visit the new Urban Garden Apprenticeship page for up-to-date information.