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Vote for local “Communities Take Root” by May 31st!

Owens Field Park (Corporation for Economic Opportunity)

The Corporation for Economic Opportunity (CEO) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 that is promoting green initiatives and fighting poverty in African-American communities in the Deep South.  Located in Columbia, South Carolina, CEO has been working for several years now to get everyday people involved in sustainable living.  Some of CEO’s goals are to reduce food miles by encouraging people to eat local; support struggling black farmers by developing community farmers’ markets for them to sell their produce; and engage minority farmers in growing bio-energy crops.  A fruit orchard would bring a new source of free fruit to one of Columbia’s low-income, inner-city neighborhoods.  In addition, the orchard site is adjacent to a Boys and Girls Club, and would provide an invaluable learning tool to show children, firsthand, what it is like to reap the fruits of one’s labor in the literal sense.  The orchard will also supply healthy fruit to the hungry and those in need in the community. Although Columbia is striving to promote healthy eating and living, it currently has the fifth highest ratio of people with diabetes compared to the general population in the nation.  A fruit orchard, growing out of its partnership with the City of Columbia and community residents, would be a symbolic and very visual reminder about what green and healthy habits are all about!

Press Release

Press Release: City of Columbia Proclaims April 10-16 “Architecture Week”

Contact Information:

Asheley Scott, AIA, LEED AP

AIA Greater Columbia Section




 City of Columbia Proclaims April 10-16 “Architecture Week”

 COLUMBIA, SC – April 11, 2001 – The City of Columbia has issued a proclamation declaring April 10-April 16, 2011 as Architecture Week.  The proclamation “encourages all citizens to honor our architects and recognize the positive role they play in our continued economic prosperity.”

 The proclamation coincides with The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects highlighting April as “Architecture Month” throughout the state. On April 13th, coinciding with the 154th Anniversary of the American Institute of Architects, the state chapter is hosting a Legislative Breakfast in Columbia.  Meanwhile, local sections are focusing on an intense series of outreach programs throughout their communities to promote the profession in a variety of ways.  Members of the Greater Columbia section have the opportunity to participate in a number of programs including continuing education events, building tours, and networking functions.  To promote Architecture Month, the Greater Columbia section will be wrapping up a scholarship program with the Clemson University School of Architecture towards the end of the month and is hosting the annual “Kids in Architecture” program at the Columbia Museum of Art on April 30th.

 Please visit for the official proclamation and for more information on the organization, membership opportunities, and upcoming events.  You can help to promote Architecture Week by liking AIA COLUMBIA on Facebook and following @AIAColumbia on Twitter.

 About AIA Greater Columbia:

AIA Greater Columbia Section is a subsidiary of the AIA South Carolina chapter and the national American Institute of Architects.  AIA Greater Columbia has a membership of approximately 220 design professionals and strives to help carry-out the goals of the parent organizations: being the voice of the architectural profession and the resource for its members in the service to society.


AIASC “Architecture Month” Proclamation

AIA Greater Columbia “Architecture Week” Proclamation