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Sustainable Soirée

Friday, November 4, 2011

A still from the short film being screened at the Hippodrome on November 10 shows members of the Energy Conservation Corps, a job training program developed and operated by The Sustainability Institute. Images (poster) courtesy of The Sustainability Institute & (still) courtesy of PDA

November 4, 2011

Sustainable Soiree
Celebrate energy savings at “A Night For Our Future”

written by Stratton Lawrence

When temperatures dropped last winter, Ellen Smalls used rugs and sheets to block the chilly drafts that swept through her tiny North Charleston home. Thanks to the help of The Sustainability Institute’s (SI) energy efficiency programs, this winter Smalls will be far more comfortable, and she’s already seen a 30 percent reduction in her once $300+ power bills.

It’s success stories like Smalls’ that the Institute will celebrate next Thursday, November 10, at “A Night For Our Future.” Held at the Hippodrome, the fundraiser will debut a new 12-minute film—produced by local company PDA—highlighting eight years of SI’s accomplishments. Those include retrofitting and insulating 64 houses in the Charleston area in the last two years. The institute hopes to dramatically increase that number to more than 1,000 homes by 2014 thanks to the CharlestonWISE program, which helps locals make energy efficiency improvements to their homes.

Before and after the 8:30 p.m. film screening, Joel T. Hamilton and the Shrimp Family Collective (including Bill Carson, Jack Burg, and Michael Trent) will perform retro-inspired music ranging from folk to vaudeville. Duvall Events will be serving up fare including a gourmet grilled cheese station, beef sliders, and falafel, plus some secret popcorn flavors. And a specialty bourbon drink is in the works from The Cocktail Club, complementing libations from Allagash Brewing Company, La Wine, Social, and Cathead Vodka. Sounds like a satisfying way to support sustainability in Charleston.

A Night For Our Future, Thursday, November 10, 7–10:30 p.m. Hippodrome Wide Screen Cinema & Performing Arts Center, 360 Concord St. $40. Attendees must be at least 21 years old. For tickets, call (843) 529-3421 or click here.

For details about CharlestonWISE, and how you can take advantage of its services, click here.

For more information on The Sustainability Institute, including a calendar of educational events and workshops, click here.

For more events happening around town, click here.