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March 3, 2009

Sustainable Development Conference March 10-11 in Beaufort

Promoting and planning for sustainable development is the focus for a 2-day conference March 10-11 at the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort.

Coordinated by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Coastal Training Program, the event will address some of the most critical issues confronting coastal communities in South Carolina including sustaining quality of life, protecting natural resources, providing for economic vitality, and decreasing impacts of development.    

Pre-registration will continue through March 5.  A registration of $40 for the 2 day event will cover all events and includes lunch for both days. For more information, contact Anna Martin at (843) 953-1983.

Continuing Education Units, Professional Development Hours, and SC Planning Education Advisory Committee Planning and Zoning Continuing Education Activities will be provided for attendees. 

The purpose of this seminar is to provide information on how communities can promote sustainable development through their comprehensive plans, ordinances, codes, and regulations.  Participants will be informed of present barriers to current regulations and how to remove them, economic incentives provided by sustainable development, examples of where this type of development has been implemented and what the results have been, and different components of planning for development.  The format for the event consists of keynote addresses, presentations, case-studies and workshops. Keynote speakers include Andrew Westbrook from the University of Chapel Hill Environmental Finance Center and Jeff Gowdy from J. Gowdy Consulting, both talking about economic aspects of sustainable development.

Find out more about the conference agenda.

Elected and appointed officials, municipal and county planning and public works staff, developers, architects, engineers, and coastal managers are the intended audience for this 2-day event.  Sustaining the quality of life found in coastal South Carolina is dependent on decisions made each day by these professional sectors.  

Partners involved with the planning of this event include the Town of Hilton Head Island, Town of Bluffton, Beaufort County, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, Carolina Clear, S.C. Urban Land Institute, Congress for the New Urbanism Carolinas, SC DNR, and ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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