Radon is a naturally-occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless gas that is dispersed in outdoor air but can reach harmful levels when trapped in buildings. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer-related deaths each year.
This estimate makes radon the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Because you can't see or smell radon, people tend to downplay the health effects and ignore the possibility that there might be a silent killer in their homes.
January is National Radon Action Month and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is encouraging all South Carolinians to test their homes for radon so they can find it, fix it and potentially save a life. Elevated levels of radon have been found in homes in almost every county in South Carolina and testing is the only way to determine if your home is trapping the gas. To order your free radon test kit, visit www.scdhec.gov/radon or call 1-800-768-0362.
Level III Fast Charger Comes to Greenville
Mayor Knox White was joined by members of the City’s Green Ribbon Advisory Committee to celebrate the addition of a Level III charger to the City’s electric vehicle infrastructure on May 22. The DC Fast Charger, which rapidly charges electric vehicles (EVs) with direct current electricity, is the fastest charger available. The charger was installed through the Nissan EV Advantage Program, which donates equipment and services to eligible site hosts throughout the country to subsidize the cost to install the chargers. The City worked with ChargeUp, LLC, a preferred EV infrastructure installation partner of Nissan North America on the installation.
Sustainability is the process of addressing environmental responsibility, economic development, and social equity in a manner that balances existing demands for products and services with the need to protect and enhance the community’s environmental resources. “Sustainable” is an adjective describing those practices that encompass sustainability in their implementation. Sustainable strategies satisfy the needs of the present, local community while acknowledging and considering how actions impact future generations and global concerns.