"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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South Carolina Sierra Club
Post Office Box 2388
Columbia, South Carolina 29202


Upcoming Events

2015 Foothills ExCom Election Announcement PDF Print E-mail

Announcing the Foothills ExCom Elections for 2015


Each year, the Foothills Sierra Group holds elections for its ExCom Board, the board that’s responsible for making arrangements for meeting speakers, arranging activities such as outings, interacting to other hiking and conservations groups—generally making the necessary decisions for having the group function effectively.  We attempt to replace/reelect either two or three members of this group each year.  This year, we will be electing three members to this board.


Read more: 2015 Foothills ExCom Election Announcement
Latest Congaree Chronicle is Available
Check out our chapter newsletter, the Congaree Chronicle, which now reaches over 20,000 readers, including our state legislators and media outlets! Interested in contributing? Contact our office for details!
Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine PDF Print E-mail
Water Quality

Accord reached for Lancaster County gold mine; more cash required


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Romarco Minerals plans to reopen the historic Haile Gold Mine near downtown Kershaw.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Romarco Minerals will double the amount of cash it sets aside for an environmental cleanup at what is expected to be the largest gold mine in the eastern United States, according to a settlement agreement announced Thursday.

In resolving the last major legal obstacle to digging the mine north of Camden, Romarco agreed to post $10 million in cash for the cleanup, the Sierra Club said.

The company previously had offered $5 million, but the Sierra Club insisted on a higher amount to better ensure any contamination or other damage is addressed when the mine closes in about 2030.


Read more: Sierra Club Reaches Agreement on Haile Gold Mine
Old but Good News PDF Print E-mail
Renewable Energy

Solar Energy for the Win


This isn't new news, but it might have flown underneath your radar:

Five S.C. schools awarded solar grants

Five South Carolina schools will soon begin generating electricity using roof-top solar panels as a result of being provided financial assistance from Palmetto Clean Energy (PaCE).

The five schools selected for funding include:

1. Bluffton High School (Beaufort County School Distric)

2. Dixie Plantation Educational Holdings LLC, Environmental Research Stations at Dixie Plantation (College of Charleston)

3. Griggs Road Elementary School (Clover School District)

4. Roper Mountain Science Center (Greenville County School District)

5. Whale Branch Early College High School (Beaufort County School District)

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