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Georgetown RISE: About Our Work


UN Youth Corps

The United Nations Georgetown RISE Youth Corps initiative is a high impact, transformative learning program centered on giving students real life skills and experiences in Georgetown County with an integrated teaching/learning component that links county goals to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Youth Corps is intended to contribute to our industry and public institutions, and also to inspire a new generation of professionals in our county to live, work, and play here. Students will work on a project or internship in the county as designated by county leaders, public and private, for a pre-specified amount of credits that fit within their curriculum. This would be combined with a class led by CCU instructor(s) with special lectures from county leaders on sustainable development and coastal resilience.

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Our Task Forces

Education and Community Engagement

This taskforce works with community members, educators, businesses, elected officials, and our youth to initiate and continue a sustainable and resilient future for Georgetown County. We will work to guide our community in science-based research and decision-making, education, and collaboration among citizens. This task force works on issues ranging from community training in the UN SDGs and local applications, sustainable business certification, and translating research into action and policy at the local level.

For more information, please contact msnyder@baruch.sc.edu

Land-Use Planning

To improve quality of life and protect the natural resources of Georgetown County, this taskforce works to address development, zoning, and planning for a sustainable and resilient today and future.

For more information, please contact hcglc@aol.com

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

This taskforce addresses the impacts and opportunities of climate change in Georgetown County. Through grant-funded research, its members study coastal resiliency, flooding, and sea level rise and its impacts on economic development, natural resources, and the community to ensure that we meet the needs of the present without compromising the future.

For more information, please contact plmartin@coastal.edu