The 71% Project

Established in the Fall of 2015, The 71% Initiative at the College of Charleston aims to educate and advocate about environmental issues that directly impact our oceans and waterways.

Mission statement:

“To raise awareness in the CofC Community and the greater Charleston Communities about how human activities affect the waterways and how to mitigate negative impacts on the local level.”

Human pollution can be found in every ocean on Earth and has already had detrimental effects on many marine ecosystems.  The 71% seeks to combat this issue through direct action in the community and by raising awareness. We do this by hosting educational events, such as beach and campus cleanups, plastic bag recycling, sustainability week, participating in outreach to the local community by tabling at Folly Beach Farmer's Market, and through community partnerships. Through these actions, we hope our community will consider and further understand the issues facing the world's marine environments.

This Project Focuses on:

“...Small plastic pieces less than five millimeters long which can be harmful to our oceans and its aquatic life.”-NOAA

Sustainable Seafood
“Seafood from sources, whether fished or farmed that can maintain or increase production without jeopardizing the structure and function of affected ecosystems”- Seafood Watch

71% Project Impact: Beach and Campus Cleanups, Plastic Bag Recycling, CofC’s Sustainability Week, Folly Beach Farmer’s Market Tabling, Adoption of the intersection at Calhoun and Coming

Past events: CofC Strawless Week, Sustainable Seafood Dinner, Litter Sweeps

Our Partners:

“Health to the ocean means health for us.” -Sylvia Earle