October 15, 2021
Kiawah Goes Greener Initiative
The Town is pleased to announce the Kiawah Goes Greener initiative, which unites and formalizes an interagency commitment by Kiawah’s major entities to continued environmental stewardship and advancement of eco-friendly business practices. This initiative results from an ad-hoc working group led by Kiawah Island Council Member Dr. Scott Parker with representation from the Town, Kiawah Island Community Association, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Kiawah Island Club, and the Kiawah Conservancy. The goal of Kiawah Goes Greener is to create a multi-year plan to reduce the island’s carbon footprint as a whole and adopt other eco-friendly initiatives into daily operations in addition to the many practices already in place.
- Create a detailed scope of practices with implementation timelines and accountability
- Reduce Hydrocarbon use
- Decrease plastics usage
- Work toward adding EV charging infrastructure to accommodate and encourage the use of electric vehicles
- Explore the use of solar panels (where allowed) to increase local electrical production
- Develop metrics to allow us to track our changes in current practice
Possible measures to achieve these goals include but are not limited to reducing the amount of waste created by our organizations, increase the use of electric-powered maintenance equipment instead of gasoline, transition utility vehicles from gas to electric where feasible, replace our use of incandescent lightbulbs with LED, increase water stations on some golf courses, eliminate water bottles to the extent possible, and continue to promote and increase recycling and repurposing.
Each entity’s current and future efforts are detailed here