About Us

Sustaining Way Overview

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. SCIPL’s finances are separate from Sustaining Way. For more information visit: scipl.org

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Mission Statement

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

Vision Statement

A world where all neighborhoods, people and nature thrive.

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.

2021-2025 Strategic Plan

We have developed and finalized our strategic plan for the next five years. Through this process we have refined our goals and created formal values. We specified our goals and expected outcomes which could develop into long term success and community assets.

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