“The most impactful way to change our world for the better was to create a sea change in the way we structure our built environment.”

Bryan McElveen

Livability In Charleston

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West Ashley

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North Charleston

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Summerville

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Posts for a Livable Charleston

Indoor Air Quality of Homes

The air in our homes is often not considered as something that needs to be maintained or corrected in any way, aside from clearing out of the occasional pungent odor or blackened entrée. When taken for granted, the indoor air quality can be worse than even the most polluted urban environments, leading to health conditions known as ‘sick building syndrome.’ Have

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Solar Power Bill Would Encourage Greater Use

A compromise bill was introduced to the South Carolina Legislature last week to encourage a proliferation of solar power generation for residential use. It would open the way for residential leasing of solar panels, encourage utility companies to establish distributed generation programs, and get the ball rolling for a much-needed update to the rates that customers receive for generating solar

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Keep The Pollen Outside

Spring is in the air – finally – and we love to bring the outdoors inside. A cool spring breeze is a welcome change to freshen the indoor air, which is a great remedy for the stale air that characterizes sick building syndrome. But another air quality problem accompanies the warm weather – the bursts of pollen from trees and

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Protect Tankless Water Heaters From Freezing

It’s not something we deal with often, but freezing temperatures in Charleston can wreak havoc on our plumbing. Our common solution for protecting our water pipes is to leave a sink or two dripping overnight, but one device is especially susceptible to this unusually cold weather: the tankless water heater, particularly when mounted on the exterior of the home. While

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Christmas Tree Recycling

As it does every year, Charleston County’s Environmental Management Department is offering its Christmas tree recycling to everyone in the county. Once depleted of their holiday cheer, they are ground into compost at the Bees Ferry Compost Facility. Collection is easy – if you live in a municipality where curbside yard waste is picked up, then trees can be left at the

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Recycle Electronics in Charleston

Like most Americans, Santa brought you some new gadgets this year. Tablets, smartphones, Blu-Ray players, flatscreen televisions – it may be your first, or it may be replacing an outdated model. New or old, large or small, functioning or not, an important consideration is what to do with those electronics that have lost their usefulness. It will likely take an

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Who is Bryan?

I am a South Carolina native, instilled with a regard for the natural environment that makes Charleston one of the greatest places to live, work, and play. I advocate for positive change in the South Carolina Lowcountry as an active partner in organizations such as The Sustainability Institute, the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation & Sustainability, and Passport 72. When not creating masterpieces in the garden or kitchen, I can be found enjoying life with dogs on the rivers and beaches of the Lowcountry.

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