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.

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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

Truth & Poverty Tour with the Poor People’s Campaign

November 19, 2019

In early May 2019 Sustaining Way co-hosted the Truth and Poverty Tour with the SC Poor People’s Campaign. The day began at Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church with […]

2019 HOG Day a HUGE success

November 19, 2019

On Saturday, May 4th, Sustaining Way hosted nearly 100 volunteers at three different sites for #hogday25. Some of the projects we worked on included: weeding, planting […]

Carlos Terry hired as New Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator

December 28, 2018

Sustaining Way is pleased to announce the addition of Carlos Terry as our new Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator. Driven by a desire to serve and protect […]

We’re hiring a Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator!

October 12, 2018

Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator works with Sustaining Way staff, our various partners, and the surrounding community to carry out Sustaining Way’s […]

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