OUR MISSION

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.”

Office of Sustainability Mission Statement:

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

 

Applied Research 

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

Experiential Learning 
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Interns get their hands dirty with the Garden Apprenticeship Program, learning life skills like organic food and medicinal herb gardening, restorative agriculture, and mycoremediation. Interns grow into leaders by facilitating programming like the Sustainable Nutrition Workshop and the Political Systems Project.

Operational Mangement 
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The Bike Share Program is a hub for bike information and offers overnight bike rentals to College of Charleston students at the Stern Student Center. The Zero Waste Project maintains compost and speciality recycling bins on campus and runs Zero Waste Event Services with the goal to make the campus zero waste by 2030. 

Public Engagement 
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Community Partnership interns work closely with local organizations including Coastal Conservation League and Lowcountry Street Grocery. The Sustainable Greek Initiative and ECOllective Student Project Committee are run by an Office of Sustainability lead intern and their cohort of student members. Social Justice Coffee Hour presents panel discussions on pressing issues, and the Media and Marketing Team creates informative and educational content with Web Design, Social Media, Podcasts, and Community Outreach.