OUR MISSION

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“To generate and apply knowledge through holistic praxis to create sustainable solutions that transform society by rethinking, redesigning, and restoring integrated systems.”

Synergies is a digital platform for creative multimedia content designed and facilitated by the Office of Sustainability at the College of Charleston to educate, inspire, and mobilize students, staff, and the greater community to embody sustainability in their work and their lives. We intend Synergies to be a community resource with articles, essays, artwork, podcasts, and DIY projects connected with creating a thriving Earth for all.

Synergy is explained by Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the benefit that results when two or more agents work together to achieve something either one couldn’t have achieved on its own.”

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Applied Research

The 71% Project researches and responds to the effects of marine plastic and the seafood industry on the South Carolina Lowcountry. Reinvest CofC strategically campaigned for the College of Charleston to invest in socially responsible companies.

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Experiential Learning

Interns get their hands dirty with the Garden Apprenticeship Program, learning life skills like organic food and medicinal herb gardening, restorative agriculture, and mycoremediation. The DIY Workshop interns teach attendees how to make their own natural products. Interns grow into leaders by organizing events like the Sustainable Nutrition Workshop and Sustainability Week.

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Operational Management

The Zero Waste Project maintains compost and specialty recycling projects on campus and runs Zero Waste Services with the goal to make the campus zero waste by 2030. The Bike Share Program is a hub for bike information and offers overnight bike rentals to CofC students, staff, and faculty at the Stern Student Center.

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Public Engagement

Social Justice Coffee Hour facilitates panel discussions on social and environmental issues. The Media & Marketing Team produces creative, educational content with Web Design, Social Media, Photo/ Video, Podcast, and Community Outreach interns. The Sustainable Greek Initiative and ECOllective Student Project Committee are run by a lead intern and a committee of student members.