SI2050 presentation to Beaufort County Association of Realtors 08.28.12

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Presentation by Sea Islands 2050 to the Beaufort County Association of Realtors on August 28, 2012. …

Presentation by Sea Islands 2050 to the Beaufort County Association of Realtors on August 28, 2012.

“building bridges toward comprehensive community”

Sea Islands 2050 is a start-up nonprofit organization, started as a citizen action group and founded by President, retired Marine Colonel Mark Mykleby, and Vice President, real estate developer Bob Turner, good friends and longtime residents of the sea islands. In 2010, Mark was working at the Pentagon as a special strategist for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mullen in developing a strategic narrative on sustainability as a national defense imperative, while Bob was monitoring trends as a nationally-recognized leader in New Urbanist principles and sustainable real estate development. With these backgrounds, they would often discuss the future of the sea islands community with concern for its longterm vision, seeing the same problems here at home as those they were addressing at a national level. They chose to take action, gathering a diverse group of professionals from the area: local non-profit leaders and county school district administrators, Chamber of Commerce members and military representatives, private fishermen and DNR officials. The group began a series of monthly meetings with roundtable discussion of the many aspects of the sustainability of the sea island region.

Over 18 months of meetings, the group came to find that most times, the longterm vision for the community was something they could all reliably agree on. The need for a formal organization, charged to work toward this sustainable vision, became clear and so Sea Islands 2050 was born. The leaders chose 3 sectors to launch their pilot initiatives: energy, food, and education. From these, the SmartGrid System and Innovation Institute, the Sea Islands Sustainable Community Food System, and the Sea Islands Community Empowerment Program are underway, and additional initiatives in transportation, economic growth, natural resources, and more are being developed. Sea Islands 2050 works with the leaders of our community and the experts in their fields to create meaningful changes that will systematically improve the sustainability of our region, so that the sea islands might be a national model of sustainability by the year 2050.

The mission of Sea Islands 2050 is to develop, advocate, and implement the goals and supporting strategies needed to achieve full-spectrum sustainability. Partnering with local organizations, parallel initiatives, key stakeholders, and fellow communities, Sea Islands 2050 cultivates collective investment in a common vision, focusing on the critical environmental, social, and economic issues impacting the long-term potential of our region and its citizens, present and future.

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  • 1. THE VA ST P OS SI BILI TIE S OF O U R G R E AT F U T U R E WILL BECOME REALITIES ・ only・ IF WE MAKE OURSE LVE S RESPON SI BLE FOR THAT FUTURE. ~ G i f f o r d P i n c h o t , 1 s t C h i e f o f t h e U . S . F o r e s t S e r v i c e a n d 2 8 t h G o v e r n o r o f Pe n n s y l v a n i aThursday, September 13, 12
  • 2. ・original participants・ BEaufort 2050 c. 2009 - 2011 Al Segars, D.V.M. Fred Leyda, Human Services Director Alison Thomas, Chairperson: Riverview Charter School Garrett Budds, Director Land Protection: Beaufort CountyOpen Land Trust Allen Patterson, President: Beaufort Home Builders Association Janet Gresham, CEO Beaufort County Association of Realtors Anthony Baxter, Educational Consultant James Glasson, Director Human Services: USCB Bob Turner, President: Habersham Land Companies Jon Rembold, Ward Edwards Engineering Bob Guinn Kim Statler, President: Lowcountry Economic Network Alliance Carlotta Ungaro, President: Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Lolita Watson, Beaufort County Human Service Alliance Chief Alagba Olaitan, Oyotunji African Village Madilyn Fletcher, University of South Carolina Deborah Riley, Regional Coordinator Catholic Charities Mark Mykleby, National Security Expert Demetri Baches, Managing Director: DPZpacific Pat O’Neal, Brigadier General US Army Ret. Frank Roberts, Ret. Police Detective, Mariculture Farmer Ross Roberts, USMC Ret.Thursday, September 13, 12
  • 3. ・mission statement・ Sea Islands 2050 The mission of Sea Islands 2050 is to develop, advocate, and implement the goals and supporting strategies needed to achieve full-spectrum sustainability. Partnering with local organizations, parallel initiatives, key stakeholders, and fellow communities, Sea Islands 2050 cultivates collective investment in a common vision, focusing on the critical environmental, social, and economic issues impacting the long-term potential of our region and its citizens, present and future.Thursday, September 13, 12
  • 4. ・vision statement・ “We envision the Sea Islands as a model of sustainability by the year 2050, a place where 100,000 families can live happier and healthier lives through sustainable growth.”Thursday, September 13, 12
  • 5. ・from The New America Foundation・ Full-spectrum Sustainability • creating a v ibrant local economy and genuine prosperity • addressing global climate change • using resources within sensible limits • protecting ecosystems • restoring and conserv ing ecosystem serv ices • securing social and env ironmental justice • grounding local action in env ironmental literacy • building resilience • engaging citizens • protecting public health and welfare • contributing to local and national securityThursday, September 13, 12
  • 6. why sustainability?Thursday, September 13, 12
  • 7. why the beaufort county association of realtors? Currently: 22,087 unbuilt parcels, 15,708 vacant parcels in Beaufort County credit: At 2,800/yr new migration growth (average 2001-2009), Lowcountry Economic Alliance ~ a decade of capacity. Lowcountry Economic Assessment Final Report, October 15, 2011 source: Beaufort County Stormwater Manager Dan AhernThursday, September 13, 12
  • 8. ・our immediate areas of impact・ Energy education FoodThursday, September 13, 12
  • 9. ・how to help・ Get involved! • participate as a member in Sea Islands 2050 • support Sea Islands 2050’s work in the community • partner with Sea Islands 2050 on an initiative • connect Sea Islands 2050 with those who can helpThursday, September 13, 12
  • 10. Sea Islands 2050 ・building bridges toward comprehensive community・ follow us at: www.seaislands2050.orgThursday, September 13, 12