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Nominations being accepted for S.C. Environmental Awareness Award

(Release date October 6, 2009)
Contact: Robin Stephens at (803) 896-8973, or e-mail her at:

Columbia, S.C. – Nominations are being accepted through Dec. 18 for an award to recognize South Carolinians doing extraordinary work for the natural environment, the state Department of Health and Environmental Control announced today.

“The General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources,” said Bob King, DHEC’s deputy commissioner of Environmental Quality Control. “Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee. The committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment.”

According to King, members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Forestry Commission, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and DHEC.

Guidelines and nomination forms for the award are available at:

For more information:
Robin Stephens – (803) 896-8973
E-mail –

For media inquiries:
Adam Myrick – (803) 898-3884
E-mail –

21st Annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Set for September 19—
Volunteers Needed for Cleanup Sites
(Release date September 14, 2009)
Susan Ferris Hill, coastal coordinator, (843) 953-2092,
Tanjie Paulin, inland coordinator, (803) 734-9100,

Join S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources for the 21st annual Beach Sweep/River Sweep Saturday, September 19, 2009, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Sweep—South Carolina’s largest, one-day litter cleanup of beaches, marshes and waterways—is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

Last year over 5,500 dedicated volunteers removed 60 tons of debris. In its 20-year history, over 1,002 tons of litter have been collected and recycled when possible. Anyone can participate: individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. All necessary supplies are provided.

There are many cleanup locations throughout the state from which to choose. To volunteer on the coast, contact Susan Ferris Hill at (843) 953-2092 or To volunteer inland, contact Tanjie Paulin at (803) 734-9100 or For more information, including a list of site captains, cleanup locations and results from previous years, visit or

S.C. Sea Grant Board of Directors Meeting Scheduled
(Release date September 14, 2009)
Contact: Susan Ferris Hill, (843) 953-2078 or

Charleston, S.C.—S.C. Sea Grant Consortium will hold the annual Board of Directors meeting from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on September 21, 2009 at the Medical University of South Carolina, President’s Conference Room, 1st Floor of Colcock Hall, 179 Ashley Avenue, Charleston, S.C.  Items on the agenda include a review of the Consortium’s 2010-13 Strategic and Implementation plans, reports on state and regional program activities and selected accomplishments, 2010-11 state budget request and NOAA/Sea Grant fiscal year 2010 appropriations. Election of the next Consortium Board Chair will also be held.

The Consortium’s Board of Directors is composed of the chief executive officers of its eight member institutions. Current board members are: Dr. Raymond S. Greenberg, president of Medical University of South Carolina; James F. Barker, president of Clemson University; Dr. David A. DeCenzo, president of Coastal Carolina University; Dr. P. George Benson, president of College of Charleston; John E. Frampton, executive director of S.C. Department of Natural Resources; Dr. George E. Cooper, president of S.C. State University; Lt. General John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel; and Dr. Harris Pastides, president of University of South Carolina.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, seeks to enhance the practical use and conservation of South Carolina’s coastal and marine resources that foster a sustainable economy and environment.  The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 30 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about the Consortium, visit

From land and the sea – the freshest products in South Carolina are just a click away
(Release date April 29, 2009)

   SCSG – Amber Von Harten, 843-470-3655 ext. 112 or
   CU – R. David Lamie, 803-788-5700 ext. 36 or
   NRCS – Amy Maxwell, 803-253-3935 or
   SCDA – Ansley Rast, 803-734-2200 or
   Writer: Peter Hull, 843-554-7226, ext. 118 or

Columbia, S.C. – The Palmetto State’s freshest seafood and agricultural produce is just a mouse click away through an interactive tool now available in South Carolina. S.C. Market Maker is an online resource that puts the state’s freshest agricultural products and from-the-boat seafood in the hands of consumers.

Bringing Market Maker to South Carolina is a cooperative effort between Clemson University Public Service Activities, S.C. Department of Agriculture, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From a farmer looking for a place to sell fresh-grown baby greens to a grocery store manager who wants to stock his coolers with locally caught shrimp, Market Maker’s online interactive mapping system can locate businesses and products across the Palmetto State.

The innovative tool provides an important link for producers and consumers, said R. David Lamie, Extension specialist at the Clemson Institute for Economic and Community Development, who is leading the project in South Carolina.

Details can be summarized on a map to show concentrations of consumer markets and strategic business partners. Providing the information in a map-based format, in addition to lists and tables, makes for a more effective and user-friendly tool, Lamie said.

Census and other data to help producers identify niche markets is also a feature of the site. For example, a producer wanting to sell lamb or goat meat to Hispanic consumers can request a map showing the greatest concentration of upper-income Hispanic households, and then request a complete demographic profile of those locations.

Or, a chef who wants to buy wild caught fish for his restaurant can search for local commercial operators in the state.

“This online tool will help the state’s agriculture and seafood industries reach new markets and help consumers find just what they are looking for,” Lamie said.

Market Maker was created in 2004 by the University of Illinois Extension after a group of livestock producers said they wanted to supply quality meats to grocery stores in Chicago. The initiative has grown to contain more than 500,000 farmers and other food-related enterprises in more than a dozen states.

The program connects all elements of the food chain – from farmers and fishermen to processors and distributors – so they can more efficiently conduct business. If a chef only wants to buy local shrimp, Market Maker can help make the connections.

Hugh Weathers, S.C. Commissioner of Agriculture, said that making these connections, particularly between producers and consumers, is vital to the success of Palmetto State agribusiness. “Market Maker compliments our ‘Certified S.C. Grown’ marketing and branding program, which encourages consumers to buy South Carolina produce and seafood,” Weathers said. “Nothing’s fresher. Nothing’s finer – Market Maker expands the free resources that are available to food buyers and the general public.”

Niles Glasgow, S.C. Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist said, “NRCS works with small and limited resource farmers to help them meet specific market niches. Market Maker is a great tool that will expand their opportunities for exposure and profit.”

On the Web:

To register a business or search the Market Maker database, visit

For the national Market Maker site, visit

Other Resources:

Clemson University Institute for Economic and Community Development at the Sandhill Research and Education Center:
Clemson University Public Service Activities:

S.C. Department of Agriculture:

S.C. Sea Grant Consortium:

U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service:

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