Community Service Projects

Community Service Projects

Sustainability is about more than recycling; it is about coming together to build a better world – which starts right here on campus and in our local community. Taking action through organized cleanups is just one way that you can have a positive impact on your local community! 

Sustain Coastal regularly hosts campus and community cleanups, as well as service opportunities in partnership with local community organizations. Contact to get involved or explore some of our past projects below!


Our Marsh Counts - Murrells Inlet Cleanup

Around 30 Coastal Carolina University students joined Sustain Coastal and partners to support the Our Marsh Counts effort in Murrells Inlet. Our Marsh Counts served as an opportunity for the campus community to give back and help clean up an estuary that is vital for the health and wellbeing our our larger coastal community. The initiative was designed to assist in keeping the marsh clean and healthy.

Those involved in the project not only cleaned parts of the inlet, but we also used Citizen Science to quantify litter issues in and around Murrells Inlet through the SC Aquarium's Litter Free Digital Journal app. Many of the students who volunteered are pursuing degrees in fields that focus on sustainability and marine science. Sustain Coastal cohosted this event in partnership with community organizations, including the South Carolina Aquarium, Georgetown County Parks & Rec, Murrells Inlet 2020, Chirping Bird Society, and more!


World Ocean Day - Myrtle Beach Cleanup

Most students are away from campus for the summer, but that didn't stop Coastal Carolina University from playing a big part in a beach cleanup as part of World Ocean Day on June 8th. Sustain Coastal joined campus and community partners in the heart of Myrtle Beach, to do our part and give back to the ocean that sustains us. It showed CCU's commitment to the environment and determination to serve the community that surrounds us.


Habitat for Humanity - Booker T. Washington Community Revitalization

 Students painting a house during a Habitat for Humanity service project.  

A partnership was formed between Habitat for Humanity of Horry County and a coalition of resident leaders in the Booker T. Washington Community. Together, they led residents through a Quality of Life Planning process, where residents decided on goals for their neighborhood to enhance their quality of life. It was decided that Habitat for Humanity of Horry County would pilot the Maintenance and Repair program in this neighborhood, to support the Restored Housing goals of the Quality of Life Plan.

Volunteers from Sustain Coastal and Coastal Carolina Univeristy worked side-by-side to complete a variety of tasks including: construction of a handicap ramp, replacing siding, pressure washing, painting, repairing bird boxes, and installing a crawl space door.



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