Greenville leads the cities in the state of South Carolina with the total most Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design- (LEED®) certified buildings at 29. In LEED-certified square footage, Greenville is number two according to the United States Green Building Council, the source of these statistics.
Some of the steps Greenville has taken to become a more sustainable city are:
- the Greening of Greenville project where city, county and area businesses partnered in installing over 40 GE electric-vehicle charging stations at hotels, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, downtown businesses and other locations
- the Enterprise WeCar™ car-sharing program, the membership-based car sharing program using electric vehicles in downtown Greenville
- increasing energy efficiency in city buildings and public real estate through Duke Energy's Smart Building Advantage® program
- installing forty 35 percent more energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) streetlights on Main Street between Beattie and East North streets as part of the LED Streetlight Program, with Duke Energy South Carolina helping monitor energy savings from the lights
- setting up the Green Ribbon Advisory Committee for developing a Sustainability and Climate Action Plan to reduce Greenville's environmental impact and distinguish the city as a sustainability leader. The plan addresses issues like redevelopment of the closed Mauldin Road 98-acre landfill
- the city park plan and development of the Swamp Rabbit Trail system
Watch the attached video about current Greenville as one of the top places to live and retire. Check out the calendar of events on the Sustainable Greenville website.