Despite Overwhelming Opposition, SCDHEC Grants Enviva’s Expansion in Greenwood, SC

Despite overwhelming public opposition from local residents, professors, scientists, and environmental advocacy groups, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) has permitted Enviva to expand production at their Greenwood, SC facility to 660,000 tons of wood pellets per year. That translates to logging 15,840 acres per year. That’s 43 acres of beautiful, […]

Letter to the Governor of South Carolina

Dear South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, COVID-19 has now killed more than 200,000 people in the US, and over a quarter of those deaths are Black Americans, in part due to racism, social inequity, and environmental injustices that have purposefully robbed the Black community of health and well-being. As you know, Enviva, a biomass wood […]

Environmental Racism and Access to Public Spaces

Guest post written by Raksha Doddabele, a Dogwood Alliance intern. What are Green Spaces? During times of stress like the COVID-19 pandemic, spending time in areas of greenery is an important way to reduce fear and anxiety and improve overall well-being. Especially for urban and suburban-dwellers, parks serve as easily-accessible mesocosms of wilderness within towns […]

We Will Not Be Silent

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tony McDade. James Scurlock. David McAtee. Modesto Reyes. These are the latest victims in a long history of tragic murders of Black people at the hands of police officers or in the name of “criminal justice” in the United States. Racism is prevalent across our society at every turn. We see […]

Forest Friday: The Inspiring Nicole

Nicole is one of the hardest working people I have ever met. She works a full-time position at Dogwood Alliance and then volunteers an additional 30 hours in her “free” time. Nicole is on the 100 Days Coalition and also belongs to the NC Black Lives Matter cohort. She is also on the board of Green Opportunities and Bountiful Cities and a part of Kresge Freshlo. This points to the fact that all of Nicole’s work is about enriching her community by meeting people where they’re at to help them achieve their highest goals.