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New nonprofit here to help turn Lowcountry 'greener'

"There's a lot more to being greenthan the building you live in and recycling."

Teresa Wade, director of the newHilton Head Island-based nonprofitorganization Experience Green,has made it her mission to teachLowcountry residents what else theycan do to help our planet.

Green construction is present in thearea in force, Wade said, but more canbe done by individuals, businesses andlocal governments.

"In many cases, you can spend nothingto become greener, and by doing soyou'll also save money," she said.

Wade, who has an MBA from BelmontUniversity in marketing andnegotiations and a graduate certificationin sustainability from LipscombUniversity, moved to Hilton Head Islandfrom Nashville, Tenn., last year.She owns a consulting firm, SustainableSolutions, that shows businesseshow to increase sustainability whilepositively impacting their profitability.Wade also was the director of the2008-10 Green BusinessSummits held inNashville.

Wade started ExperienceGreen after noticing there was bothinterest in and a need for educationabout sustainable practices in theLowcountry. The nonprofit organization'smission is to provide experientialeducation to encourage sustainablebusiness and living practices.

She said the group will present anEarth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to5 p.m. April 2 at Shelter Cove CommunityPark on Hilton Head, in conjunctionwith the kickoff of Hilton Head'sresidential recycling initiative.

The festival will offer fun and experientiallearningactivities for all ages,and displays about greenproducts and services. A greentransportation exhibit will showcasethe latest technologies for green vehiclesand environmentally based artand theater performances will be partof the day.

The opportunity to develop newgreen products and processes throughinnovation is one of the bright spots inthe difficult economy, Wade said, notingthat corporate interest and spendingon green practices continued togrow during the recession of 2007-10.Wade also has a background in themusic business.

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