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Consortium Staff Win Two Awards from Community Pride

Jun 14, 2017 | News

Community Pride of Charleston County honored S.C. Sea Grant Consortium’s Director of Communications Susan Ferris Hill and Marine Educator E.V. Bell at the organization’s annual banquet in May.

Ferris Hill was selected for the Captain Pride Award for her work as coastal coordinator of Beach Sweep/River Sweep, South Carolina’s largest volunteer-driven litter cleanup.

Since 1988, more than 148,000 volunteers have collected 1,233 tons of debris in the annual litter cleanup on the state’s waterways and beaches. And in 2016, the cleanup saved taxpayers $210,000, based on the value of volunteer time.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is a joint effort of S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and S.C. Department of Natural Resources, and it is held in conjunction with the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup.

Bell and the team that put together the From Seeds to Shoreline® program were selected for the Johnnie Dodds Education Award.

From Seeds to Shoreline immerses K-12 students in the coastal marsh environment through the cultivation and restoration of Spartina alterniflora. Bell coordinates this joint effort with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension.