Environmental Stewardship

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A Blueprint for Better Development

Kiawah Island is widely recognized for executing an environmentally sensitive master plan. Maintaining sustainable development in a community blessed with such raw, natural beauty requires a skill in creating within a native framework. Fortunately, South Street Partners, the current guardians of the Island’s environmental real estate plan, is wholly committed to furthering Kiawah’s excellence in nature stewardship–continually reminding us that nature, itself, is the star attraction here.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD SC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  

A Blueprint for Better Development

Kiawah Island is widely recognized for executing an environmentally sensitive master plan. Maintaining sustainable development in a community blessed with such raw, natural beauty requires a skill in creating within a native framework. Fortunately, South Street Partners, the current guardians of the Island’s environmental real estate plan, is wholly committed to furthering Kiawah’s excellence in nature stewardship–continually reminding us that nature, itself, is the star attraction here.

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP AWARD SC DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  


Welcome to the Naturehood

In crafting Kiawah Island, extraordinary care is taken to protect the natural environment. Every man-made element is mindfully designed to enhance, and be enhanced by, its surroundings.  Partnerships with industry innovators ensure that Island architecture never intrudes on the landscape. These include architect Robert A. M. Stern, whose knowledge of coastal habitats informed construction of The Beach Club; award-winning Lake|Flato, named the Top Firm in Architect Magazine’s 2019 Architect 50 list, who bring environmental real estate artistry to the homes of Front Nine Lane; and Charleston’s Wertimer + Klein, whose deep understanding of region, climate, and indigenous plant life inform their signature Kiawah green spaces.

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY PLANNING URBAN LAND INSTITUTE



Welcome to the Naturehood

In crafting Kiawah Island, extraordinary care is taken to protect the natural environment. Every man-made element is mindfully designed to enhance, and be enhanced by, its surroundings.  Partnerships with industry innovators ensure that Island architecture never intrudes on the landscape. These include architect Robert A. M. Stern, whose knowledge of coastal habitats informed construction of The Beach Club; award-winning Lake|Flato, named the Top Firm in Architect Magazine’s 2019 Architect 50 list, who bring environmental real estate artistry to the homes of Front Nine Lane; and Charleston’s Wertimer + Klein, whose deep understanding of region, climate, and indigenous plant life inform their signature Kiawah green spaces.  

AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN COMMUNITY PLANNING URBAN LAND INSTITUTE


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Beauty Without Borders

Barrier islands, like Kiawah, are among the most precious landforms on Earth. Less than 15% of the world’s coastlines are gifted with barrier islands—which always run parallel to the mainland and are separated by a shallow sound or marsh. More than 4,000 residents have made Kiawah home, sharing it with eighteen species of mammals, more than 30 species of reptile, and more than 300 bird species. Each spring, battalions of loggerhead sea turtles arrive on our shore to nest within our Island sanctum. Thanks to dedicated, long-term preservation practices, Kiawah is, and always will be, a sanctuary.  

SOUTH CAROLINA WILDLIFE FOUNDATION LAND CONSERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS NATIONAL MERIT AWARD FOR ECOLOGICAL PLANNING

AUDUBON CERTIFIED COOPERATIVE SANCTUARY THE RIVER COURSE