Williams Middle School, located in Florence, is a great example of a collaborative partnership between the school employees and staff from DHEC's Bureau of Air Quality and Bureau of Environmental Services Region 4 to educate students and parents about important environmental issues by planning, designing, and constructing an Environmental Education Kiosk.
Williams Middle implemented the Breathe Better (B2) program, which educates parents, students and teachers about and the potentially harmful effects of vehicle idling. The Environmental Educational Kiosk has kept parents informed about the school's anti-idling policy and encouraged them to modify their behaviors by turning their engines off while waiting in line to pick up students. It also serves as a vital tool in reaching a broader audience on various environmental issues that affect our state such as open burning, stormwater runoff.
Williams Middle was able to achieve the following success:
Congratulations to Williams Middle School as the recipient of the 2011 Spare the Air Outstanding School Award!
Williams Middle School
1119 North Irby Street
Florence, SC 29501
From left to right: Buck Graham (DHEC), Sheila Barnes and Leon McCray, Principal.
The iRide Committee of Santee Cooper's Commuter Benefit Program, located in Moncks Corner, is a great example of the collaborative efforts of employees that have gone well beyond the call of duty by impacting communities throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry.
The iRide program is an unique alternative rideshare initiative developed and implemented by the Santee Cooper Human Resource Department in September 2008. It has not only saved employees money on fuel and vehicle maintenance cost, but has significantly impacted the lives of local residents and businesses by offering them options for their daily commute to work.
The actions of the iRide Committee included:
The iRide program is a model for other businesses to follow. The committee members are true experts in this field. They have shared their experiences, offered insight and have selflessly given of their time and energy promoting this initiative. Businesses that have shown an interest in the iRide program include: Lexington Medical Center, SCANA, SC Department of Transportation (SCDOT), Newberry Council on Aging, Lower Savannah Council of Government, Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority (SWRTA) and Berkley, Charleston, Dorchester Council of Government.
Congratulations to the iRide Committee members of Santee Cooper's Commuter Benefits program, Wendy Cruce, Glen Brown, Laura Varn, Marc Tye, Allison Dennis, Nicole Wren, Mollie Gore, Liz Kress, Dean Creed, Henry Schweers, and Ray Smith as the 2011 Spare the Air Outstanding Employee Award winners!
For additional information, please contact Wendy Cruce, Chairwoman.
1 Riverwood Drive
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Boeing South Carolina fabricates, assembles and installs systems in the construction of new airplanes. They perform thousands of processes each day, often utilizing many different chemicals that contain air pollutants known as Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAP) and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). In 2010, they began an aggressive campaign to reduce the amounts of these chemicals used at this facility. Through an extensive review of each process, Boeing discovered ways to make the most efficient changes.
As a result, Boeing updated their operating procedures, with the following results:
Congratulations to Boeing South Carolina as the recipient of the 2011 Spare the Air Outstanding Business Award!
Boeing South Carolina was also recently featured in their local newspaper for their efforts at improving the environment.
For additional information, please contact Whit Hoover, Environmental, Health and Safety
Boeing South Carolina
5400 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418
The City of Greenville and Greenville County is being recognized for their efforts in developing and implementing green initiatives throughout the community. This current project has impacted the quality of life and has stimulated economic growth.
The City and County of Greenville's Electric Vehicles Ecosystem Pilot Project is providing local companies and citizens with access to electric vehicles as well as a network of charging stations throughout the area.
The City of Greenville and Greenville County successfully:
Congratulations to the City of Greenville and Greenville County as the recipients of the 2011 Spare the Air Outstanding Local Government Award!
City of Greenville
P.O. Box 2207
Greenville, SC 29602
301 University Ridge, Ste 2400
Greenville, SC 29601
The Air Director's Award recognizes the actions of an individual that has been extremely instrumental in the development of a program and has actively worked to educate and motivate others to modify their behavior for improving air quality.
Sandra Yudice with Greenville County is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to improve air quality throughout her community. She has remained enthusiastic, dependable and committed to serving others.
Sandra has successfully:
Congratulations to Sandra Yudice as the recipient of the 2011 Air Director's award for her personal pledge to improve air quality and the environment in the South Carolina Upstate!