Audubon International Press Release

 Seabrook Island Joins Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program

The private island community of Seabrook recently became the first private sector community in South Carolina to join Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program.

 The Sustainable Communities Program serves as a framework to merge economic and social considerations with the protection and enhancement of a community’s environmental characteristics. Audubon International serves as a catalyst for citizen-driven planning and community actions. Our programs facilitate partnerships with governmental agencies, businesses, academic institutions, and other organizations that provide local support and assistance to reach the goals envisioned in the community. Working in this way, Seabrook Island will create a long term plan to address growth and environmental protection.

 There are three stages in the multi-year certification process, during which Seabrook will complete an assessment, define a long-term community vision, choose sustainability indicators as a mechanism for fostering action and measuring success, and implement its plan. The plan covers fifteen focus areas, and members work with Audubon International to choose timelines and measurable goals. After completing a vision plan and reporting progress on chosen goals, members of Audubon International’s Sustainable Communities Program are eligible for certification and designation as an Audubon International sustainable Community, which recognizes dedication to the process of becoming a sustainable community.

 For more information about the Audubon International  Program contact:

 Joshua Conway,  Education & Communications Manager Audubon International  46 Rarick Road, Selkirk, NY 12158      518.767.9051

“THE COOLEST SMALL CITY IN AMERICA”

GQ magazine recently proclaimed the Holy City the “Coolest Small City in America”Are we surprised? The men’s fashion magazine urges its readers to think beyond the big city vacation and hit what it calls miniopolises. Some great attributes of our steepled city that are mentioned: “top-notch food straight from the farm, mind blowing shrimp’n’grits at Hominy Grill, the stately Wentworth Mansion, Folly Beach and, of course, the friendliest locals on the East Coast”.