North Charleston has been honored twice in recent weeks for environmental efforts.

Earlier this month, the Home Depot Foundation awarded the city for excellence in sustainable community development. The first-ever honor came with a $75,000 award that will go to the Sustainability Institute of South Carolina.

Mayor Keith Summey says the city is planting the seeds for a 21st century economy.

“Clearly, North Charleston is moving to the forefront of sustainable communities in the U.S.,” he says.

Cities up for the award were judged on advancing sustainability and green infrastructure, while also preserving affordability. The city pointed to the Oak Terrace Preserve as an example of its success in creating green neighborhoods. The project was selected as the Best New Development in City Paper‘s 2009 Best of Charleston awards.

The honors continued with an Environmental Justice Achievement Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for environmental and economic revitalization related to the State Ports Authority’s effort to improve the communities surrounding the port’s 280-acre expansion on the Cooper River.

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