GOOD NEWS: County seeks student art for “Recycle Right” Earth Day contest

Staff reports  |  Charleston County K-12 students can win a grand prize of $100 for original artwork that promotes a theme of “Recycle Right” in the 18th annual Earth Day contest by the Charleston County Environmental Management Department.

The winning artwork will also be reproduced and displayed on a recycling truck.  Click here to see a flyer.

Charleston County’s 2017 Earth Day Festival will be held April 15, a week before the National Earth Day celebration which is observed annually on April 22. Earth Day was established as a national holiday in 1970, and is now celebrated by over a half-billion people around the world.

The deadline for submissions of artwork  is 4 p.m. March 17, 2017.  One entry per student.

  • For more information about this year’s Charleston County Earth Day Festival or the art contest, its entry guidelines or contest rules, visit the Charleston County website at to download the contest entry form.

In other Good News:

One80 Place celebrates Family Center renovation.  Grants of $75,000 from SCE&G and $15,000 from Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church fueled a renovation of One80 Place’s Family Center.  The upgrade has increased the center’s capacity by 55 percent from 40 beds to 62 beds.

On Feb. 10, grantors and key supporters of the project met to celebrate the completion marked by a talk by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who reemphasized the importance of addressing family homelessness in Charleston and the Lowcountry region. Pending city approval, One80 Place will start moving in women and families from its waiting list as early as next week.

“Family homelessness continues to grow in our community.  The creation of additional beds is just one step in a much-needed community-wide approach to ending homelessness,” said Scott Adams, board chair of One80 Place.  “SCE&G has been a vital partner in our efforts to end homelessness for families.  They understand the impact homelessness can have on children and how important it is to lessen that impact.”

Speth, George to talk conservation.  Two noted environmental experts will talk about local and national conservation and environmental justice issues from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. March 4 at an event in the downtown Main Library on Calhoun Street.  Speaking will be Gus Speth, former dean of the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Management and co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and Albert George III, first director of conservation of the S.C. Aquarium and co-founder of the Amazon Reforestation Project.  Proceeds for sales of Orangeburg native Speth’s “Angels by the River” will support Charleston Friends of the Library.

Big win for law school moot court team.  A team of third-year students from the Charleston School of Law won an unprecedented sixth-straight national tax moot court championship earlier this month in a Florida competition.

“For law schools taking part in moot court competitions, this is like winning the Super Bowl six times in a row,” President Ed Bell said.  “Not only did our student competitors take the title for the second time in a row, but the school under the outstanding leadership of Professor Kristin Gutting won for the sixth time in a row.  It’s an amazing accomplishment and testament to the quality of our school.  Truly amazing.”

Team members Anna Boning of Manassas, Va., and Tyler Gilliam of Raleigh, N.C., marched through the three-day tournament without a loss.  They also were members of a team that won the fifth-straight title last year.  More:


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