RCE Georgetown

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Rce details
United States of America
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
December, 2016
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

Georgetown County, South Carolina, is located along the Grand Strand area of the Atlantic Coastline of the United States and is part of the IntraCoastal Waterway. It houses part of the UN Man and Biosphere Reserve along the Atlantic Coast and has some of the most pristine waters along it. The population of the County increased 20.5% between 1990 and 2000 to 60,158. It is predicted to increase by 25% by 2025. The county has a rich history and culture of Gullah Geechee ancestors who were slaves from West Africa. It is now part of a National Heritage Corridor for this unique and diverse population. Compared to all but one of the neighbouring counties, Georgetown has lower average income and higher poverty rates that disproportionately affect the African-American residents in the county. The UN RCE Georgetown is a joint effort among public and private stakeholders to collectively impact change in the county through the utilization of the UN SDGs as a framework toward comprehensive planning and strategic planning for the future.

Goals and Objectives:


The UN RCE Georgetown, locally known as Georgetown RISE (Resilience, Innovation, Education, Sustainability, and Education) vision is to develop Georgetown County by protecting its vast natural resources, unique heritage, and rich cultural diversity into a healthy community with a thriving economy that
eliminates poverty and provides jobs at a living wage to an educated workforce with skills for the 21st Century. Utilizing its natural resources as the pillars for economic development, the county, as a part of this effort, will grow a dynamic economy where thriving societal collaboration will sustain its natural and cultural assets for today’s generation and protect them for generations to come.

Goals and objectives:

  • Goal 1: Economy
  • Goal 2: Natural Resources, Climate Change, and the Environment
  • Goal 3: Community Partnerships and Collaboration
  • Goal 4: Sustainable Community with High Quality of Life
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Coastal Carolina University, Pamela L. Martin

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: National Estuarine Research Reserve
Role: Secondary Coordinating Body
Contact name: Maeve Snyder
Contact email: msnyder@belle.baruch.sc.edu

Name of organisation: The Bunnelle Foundation
Role: Community Outreach Director
Contact name: Peg Howell
Contact email: hcglc@aol.com

Current Activities:
  • Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Land Use Planning
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Mayor Brandon Barber speaking with UN RCE Georgetown Youth Corps students (Photo credit: RCE Georgetown)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Community Training for simulation on climate adaptation for the county
  • Growth and the County Comprehensive Plan
  • Sustainable Business Certification

Town Administrator Sel Hemingway with UN RCE Georgetown Youth Corps students on a bus tour of sustainable development and Georgetown (Photo credit: RCE Georgetown)

  • Outstanding Flagship Project 2017: Coastal Institute for Sustainability Leadership
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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Pamela Martin
Secondary RCE Contact:
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Nakkara Hess
General RCE email:
RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Pamela L. Martin, Ph.D.
Department of Politics
Coastal Carolina University
Brittain Hall 350
125 Chanticleer Dr. West
Coastal Carolina University
Conway, SC 29528-6054