Community Service!

An Affordable ‘Green’ House!

2 Years in the planning… It’s been worth the wait! The greenLIFEproject is set to raise the bar on affordable housing. The new 300 O’Conner Court home is a partnership between the Greenville County Redevelopment Authority, Aaron-Kelli Builders and GreenArch Design Group. This Energy Star certified affordable house is modeled after the ‘Erin Cottage’, a Pocket Neighborhood plan book house designed by Ross Chapin Architects of Seattle, Washington. The ‘Erin Cottage’ plan book house is $150/sqft 3 bedroom 2 bath 1,302 sqft house designed for the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest and didn’t even have air conditioning! Our challenge was to ‘affordablize’ and acclimatize the plan for the hot humid Southeast. The result is a 4 bedroom 2 bath 1,363 sqft home that was built for $70/sqft.


The greenLIFEproject!


Would it rock your world if someone told you that God’s favorite color is green?

“For God so loved the world”

Since it’s inception, God has had a love-affair with the world (not just humanity, but all of creation) that He created, and He wants us to love the world in the same way that He loves it. In fact, at the very beginning of time, God gave man the responsibility to oversee the world that He loves. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them;

“…and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’ ” (Genesis 1:27-28, NASU)

With the command to ‘rule’ comes the responsibility of caring for the world in which He placed us. In other words, we are to be faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted us to ‘rule’ over. But ‘rulership’ is never exercised without responsibility, and if we, as ‘rulers’ of this world that God has created act irresponsibly we run the risk of destroying the very thing that brings glory to God – His creation, His world.

Living green is one way that we can act as responsible rulers of this world in which we live. So become part of the greenLIFEproject today. After all, God’s favorite color is green.

Tommy Vandiver – Pastor, NorthPointe Church

greenLIFE pledge: Recycle, Use compact flourescent light bulbs, Drive less, Conserve water, Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances.

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Guitar Hero III & Rock Band meet Live Earth! in Upstate South Carolina!

The Live Earth! concerts were used to increase public awareness of “Green” issues such as global warming, carbon footprint and going green. We at Green Arch Design, thru the greenLIFEproject are planning to bring Guitar Hero III & Rock Band concerts to public schools to help increase climate awareness.


Click on the following link to learn more about Live Earth!

Click on the following links to learn more about Guitar Hero III & Rock Band.

Next Up – FireFlight Concert!


GreenArch Design brought Guitar Hero III & Rock Band to the FireFlight concert at Forestville Baptist Church in Greenville, SC.

Next Up – Narnia – Prince Caspian!

Visit us at the May 15 opening of Narnia – Prince Caspian at the Hollywood 20 Theater in Greenville, SC.

Even though the movie opening was set for midnight and it was raining like cats and dogs the turn out for the movie was really good. The greenLIFEproject partners The Sound of Light, 96.7 Shine radio station and Green Arch Design Group had a great time handing out brochures on recycling and going green.

The pictures below were taken at the opening of Narnia – Prince Caspian.



Next Up – Greenville Middle Academy

On May 19 and 21, the greenLIFEproject will bring Rock Band, Live Earth and An Inconvenient Truth to the 6th grade science classes of Greenville Middle Academy in an effort to help increase climate awareness.



Next Up – Grey Court-Owens Middle School!

On May 30, the greenLIFEproject and GC-O’s Sound of Light Club will bring Rock Band to the field day activities of Grey Court-Owens Middle School.




Next Up – Guitar Hero Save The Planet Tour!


Visit us at the June 8 Guitar Hero III tournament at Northpoint Church. All proceeds will go to Greenville Middle Academy green efforts.





greenLIFEproject Ceremony

Pictured above are the founding partners of the greenLIFEproject. From the left is Jack Eason from The Sound of Light, Pastor Tommy Vandiver of NorthPointe Church in Greenville, and Clay Gandy of Green Arch Design Group in Greenville.

greenLIFEproject for churches: The greenLIFEproject is intended to be an extension of the Sierra Club’s Cool Cities program. By joining this program, churches strive to “green” church & member vehicles, increase the energy efficiency of church facilities, and explore renewable energy.

Next up! – Winter Jam!


Visit the greenLIFEproject table at the Sound of Light car at the Winter Jam concert at the BiLo Center.


Setting up for WinterJam!

Northpointe Church pastor Tommy Vandiver and a Northpointe Church member are setting up to serve green tea and give out greenLIFEproject T-shirts prior to the WinterJam concert in Greenville in Greenville, SC. The greenLIFE table is beside the Sound of Light car (oops – not in photo). Clay Gandy is in the background wearing the greenLIFEproject T-Shirt over sereral layers of clothing hoping to stay warm in the 30 degree weather prior to the concert.

Nearly 400 individuals would sign the greenLIFE pledge! More than a dozen churches would sign up for more information about joining the greenLIFE project!

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The greenLIFEproject hosted a “tea” at the Bi-Lo Center before the Winter Jam concert in February. Of course, it was green tea since the project promotes “green” living. The greenLIFEproject team, which consists of The Sound of Light, NorthPointe Church, Greenville Technical College, and Green Arch Design Group, gave out cups of hot green tea and t-shirts as well as fliers about “green” living. There were 380 people who signed the greenLIFE pledge which states:

I pledge to do my best to:

  • Recycle
  • Drive less
  • Conserve Water
  • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s)
  • Turn off unnecessary lights and appliances

There were also quite a number of people who asked for more information about “green” living.

You can browse through our website,, to find tips on going “green”.

Next up – TobyMac!

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Visit the greenLIFEproject table at the Sound of Light car at the TobyMac concert at Furman University.

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Free Kool-aid!!! Green Kool-aid at that.

Members of the greenLIFEproject gave out free cups of Kool-aid at the TobyMac concert held at Timmon’s Arena on the campus of Furman University.

Next up – Spiderman 3!

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Visit us at the May 3 opening of Spiderman 3 at the Hollywood 20 Theatre in Greenville, SC (see Map).

We really got into a “sticky” situation at the opening of Spiderman 3 at the Hollywood 20 Theatre. Actually, those attending the movie were the ones in the “sticky” situation…on the Sticky Wall!!!

Not only were we there to help with the Sticky Wall but we also helped the Sound of Light pass out tracks, etc. The pictures below show just how “sticky” things got!




Next up! FUSION Explosion – Anderson, SC

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FUSION Explosion was exploding with excitement Friday, June 1st. There were at least 200 students there, mingling with their friends. They were also there to hear the group Daylight Wasting, a Christian rock band out of Greer, SC. Also there that night was Tina Marie, a motivational speaker that travels the country talking about “Truths in secular music” as well as Abstinence.The Fusion Warehouse Student Center is in an old Wal-Mart building in Anderson, SC. It is a meeting place for 13-18 year olds. The building is 66,000 square feet and has a video arcade, a cafe’, movie theaters and a 2000 seat concert area. Randall Brown, Fusion coordinator, stated that the youth center is “bringing the community, leaders, and organizations together”. Click on the link below to go to their website. I spoke with them in May, and they said that they have been so busy with the students that they haven’t had time to update their website but you can still find some good information there.Fusion Warehouse Student Center

Up next – Surf’s Up!

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A surfing penguin currently riding the wave of success enters his first professional competition in a computer animated family-oriented comedy from directors Chris Buck and Ash Brannon. Cody Maverick (Shia LeBeouf) may be a relative amateur when it comes to hanging ten, but he’s sure he has what it takes to surf his way to superstardom. With a little help from his cantankerous King Penguin mentor, ex-surfing legend Big Z (Jeff Bridges), and a little encouragement from star Pen Gu Island lifeguard Lani (Zooey Deschanel), there may be hope for this tuxedo-clad wave twister after all.

Click on the link below to watch a movie clip.

Movie Clip

The pictures below were taken at the opening of Surf’s Up. The greenLIFEproject partners had a great time with kids as they came to see Surf’s Up! The kids played games with the Sound of Light radio partners and made masks with the GreenArch Design partners. The GreenArch partners talked to the kids about some “green” facts such as:

Plant flowers and trees

Use CFL light bulbs



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Next Up – Evan Almighty!

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The last time we saw Evan Baxter (Steve Carell), he was being tormented by rival Bruce Nolan (‘Bruce Almighty’) onscreen, live from their Buffalo TV station. But as time passed and Evan has made up with Bruce, he’s gone onto bigger and better things. Newly elected to Washington D.C. as a congressman, Evan has left Buffalo in pursuit of a greater calling. But that calling isn’t serving in the illustrious ranks of American politics but being summoned by the Almighty himself (Morgan Freeman), who has handed Evan the task of building a new ark, much as Noah did before. With time passing by and his family belittled by Evan’s newfound realization, Evan will have to do the work that God has given him in what promises to be an unusual adventure for a man who just wanted to serve his country, might actually be serving humanity. As Steve Carell finds out in ‘Evan Almighty,’ building a giant ark can be funny — and a boatload of work.

Click on the link below to watch a movie clip.

Movie Clip

The pictures below were taken at the Hollywood 20’s opening of Evan Almighty. Brent Kanipe, from Green Arch Design Group, and his son built an ark which was painted by people attending the movie.


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Once the ark was painted, it was donated to Pendleton Place Childrens’ Home in Greenville, SC.


 Up Next!

Duncan Chapel Elementary Re-Mix Challenge

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We at Green Arch Design Group had the pleasure of working with the 5th Grade Challenge class of Duncan Chapel Elementary School a few weeks ago. Above are some pictures of the students as they work on a re-mix of an audio journal created by Clemson College Architectural student, Aaron Wells. Aaron made these audio journals while studying in Europe. Click on “Audio Journals” under “Catagories” to listen to the original audio journals as well as the re-mixes created by the Duncan Chapel students.

Up Next! – Disciple Concert

Laura Jimmerson writes,

I went to the Disciple concert at Redemption World Outreach Center Church here in Greenville, SC. I have been to quite a few Christian concerts, but this one blew me away. The band Disciple is known for its heavy metal sound and head banging music. Though the concert was amazing and the music was great, the vocalist, Kevin Young, lead the crowd in prayer and a Bible study. He made sure they knew that this was not about the band Disciple but about Jesus Christ. Then the band finished and left the stage. The crowd liked them so much that they chanted “bring them back” until the band was brought back on stage to sing one more song.

Click on their website,, to find out more about them.

This is one band you really need to check out. Good Christian music with a heavy metal sound.


Paris Elementary’s “Building” Project

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Have you ever wanted to live in an underwater house? I know that I did as a kid after I saw the movie Hello Down There. In the movie, a family goes down in the deep to live for 30 days in an environmental living project. It has all the modern conveniences of their home on land. They even invite a rock & roll band to come down and do a live recording. Merv Griffin, as himself, even comes down for an underwater interview for his television show. Oh, my, now I’m telling my age…

Well, the 1st Grade class at Paris Elementary designed their own version of an underwater house. They drew an elevation, a floor plan, and even built a model of what their house would look like. They came up with some really neat ideas. it was fun to see them as they worked on their project.

By the way, if you haven’t seen the movie I was talking about, you need to…it’s really neat! You can order it off of the internet!


Sound of Light/greenLIFEproject Mobile Jam Unit


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As the official sponsor of The Sound of Light/Greenlife Project Mobile Jam Unit, Green Arch design Group, LLC covered the cost of the unit’s audio production and construction. This mobile jam unit will be used at concerts and rallies where kids can come listen to music on ipods that will be set up on the unit.