Daufuskie Island, S.C. (Jan. 30, 2014) – The residents of the Haig Point community come from all walks of life, but they are united by their love of the area’s natural beauty. And for the past four years the community’s Environmental Committee has been working to make sure its natural beauty endures.

“We want to be recognized for being a sustainable and green community,” says Yvonne Clemons, chairperson of the seven-person group that has brought recycling and water conservation initiatives to the residential development where electric golf carts are the only mode of private transportation.

“The things we are doing are good for the residents and good for the community,” continued Clemons.

The committee has also positioned Haig Point to be a leader in building environmentally sound homes, complete with water conservation methods and native plants that will reduce the amount of water needed for lush, green lawns.

And while South Carolina is still behind the curve when it comes to recycling, Haig Point now has a community program where recyclables are collected from each household on a regular schedule.

“It can be hard to break old habits, but we have to re-think our ways, Clemons said. “Recycling was the committee’s first initiative and we have made great strides, and we have saved the community money in the process.”

The committee is also seeking recognition for its premier Rees Jones Signature golf course as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. And its members are revitalizing a nature trail in the center of the community that winds through an old Gullah cemetery.

On an island-wide scale, the committee shares a common bond with the Daufuskie Island Conservancy that includes five Haig Point members on its board and has more than 100 members total.

“You have to love this island first,” says Clemons, who relocated with her husband Michael to Haig Point from Columbus, Ohio, seven years ago. “I was in the fashion industry, so this is like a whole new second life to me. I love this place. And I want it to look this beautiful for a long time to come.”

About Haig Point
Haig Point is a charming sea island community just off the coast of South Carolina, between Hilton Head and Savannah, Ga. There is no bridge, so the island is accessible only by a private ferry system originating from Hilton Head Island.

Residents and guests drive electric carts to the points of interest in and around the community, including the historic Haig Point Lighthouse (built in 1873), Strachan Mansion and the tabby ruins of 19th century slave quarters. The community is also home to a stunning Rees Jones Signature golf course. Amenities at Haig Point Club also include a full-service tennis center, equestrian center, two restaurants and a community park.

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