A World Where All Neighborhoods, People, and Nature Thrive.

Sustaining Way uses education, collaboration, and advocacy to create sustainable, caring, and equitable communities for current and future generations.

Garden Work Day (Summer 2024)

Join us in the garden for a work day!

Come out to Annie's House and volunteer during our garden work and learns. Our work days are held several times a week (weather permitting):
  • Tuesdays from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 4-5:30 p.m.
  • Fridays from 8-10 a.m.
  • Third Saturday of the month
    8-10 a.m.
These work days allow you to drop in during a time above that works in your schedule. Make sure to wear close-toed shoes and bring a water bottle if you can. Click the 'Volunteer Sign-Up' button below to express your interest in volunteering with Sustaining Way.

You can also schedule a garden work day for a group by request! Email volunteer@sustainingway.com to reserve your time.

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Monthly donations make a huge difference as they reduce donor followup and allow us to better focus on our mission within the community, whether you give $5 or $500! Click the “Become a Sustainer” button to sign up now!

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Our Values

Thriving Together

We believe that sustainability starts with the purposeful inclusion of all people in solidarity and mutuality. Inclusion is essential to building just relationships among ourselves as we shape our collective future. This may require slowing things down to allow space for civil dialogue, but this is vital to cultivating a just and equitable society that is resilient and enduring.

Celebrating Faith

We believe in the power of faith to catalyze people to make changes for the common good. Because of this, we work as an interfaith organization. We celebrate and embrace all faiths and non-faiths that center on love and compassion for others.

Practicing Stewardship

All of our work is in an effort to care for people and the planet. We understand the urgency to address the challenges that face us. Therefore, we are committed to taking bold action and sustained effort every day to accomplish our mission with the knowledge that lives are on the line.

Committing to Integrity & Truth

Integrity is the foundation on which we build trust and just relationships. We are committed to sound moral and ethical principles. We do everything possible to live up to the commitments we have made. We make our decisions based on facts and research. We seek and expect excellence in ourselves and in how we interact with each other.

Addressing Race, Equity & Justice

Until all people thrive, no society can claim to be just and equitable. We recognize that structural racism is embedded as normal practice within every system in American society. We must continually seek to understand our own prejudices and advocate for equity, inclusion and justice in all of our systems.

What is Sustainability?

What is Sustainablity?

To understand Sustaining Way’s focus it helps to better understand what is meant by sustainability. At Sustaining Way, we define sustainability simply as caring for people and the environment in a way that is both affordable and accessible.

How do we do it?

We do this through working with our partners to purchase and upgrade an underutilized property in marginalized communities and the selective employment of individuals with skills and passion for sustainability and community development. Annie’s House is our flagship site in Nicholtown, Greenville, SC. Its landscape was sustainably remodeled to serve as an education center, demonstration site, and as a base of operations. We break sustainability down into six areas:

  • Food and Landscape
  • Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Consumption and Waste
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Social Sustainability

We educate, demonstrate, and advocate to develop individuals and the community in each of these areas.


Help us create communities that provide for themselves while also providing for their future.

Sustaining Way, a 501(c)3 formed in January 2012, is an interfaith non-profit that uses education, collaboration and advocacy to create sustainable, caring and equitable communities for current and future generations. Sustaining Way uses a unique community-based approach to sustainability through our demonstration site Annie’s House, just off the Swamp Rabbit Trail in the historic Nicholtown community of Greenville, SC.

In January of 2017, Sustaining Way assumed responsibility for the South Carolina Interfaith Power and Light (SCIPL). SCIPL offers programs and resources for action, advocacy, energy conservation, education, networking and worship. For more information visit: scipl.org

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Recent News & Events

Updated summer garden volunteer hours

July 1, 2024

It’s hot out there! We’ve adjusted our summer hours for cooler parts of the day. You can now volunteer with us during the week at […]

Spring 2024 Newsletter

May 22, 2024

Spring 2024 Program Updates Sustaining Way named an inaugural Climate Corps site As part of historic efforts to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and […]

Sustaining Way selected as host site of American Climate Corps

April 29, 2024

American Climate Corps initiative lauds more than 2,000 positions available nationwide As part of historic efforts to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and build […]

Stop S.C. House bill H. 5118

March 26, 2024

Sustaining Way opposes risky natural gas plant Sustaining Way joined fellow S.C. conservation organizations in Columbia in February in opposition to H. 5118. The bill […]

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