My Summer with LiveWell Greenville

What do you think of when you hear the word “sustainability”? For me “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” has been ingrained into my mind and sustainability sparks ideas of cutting down fossil fuel usage and finding new energy sources like wind or solar energy. Before working with LiveWell Greenville I had neglected to acknowledge two other entirely separate pieces to the puzzle that is sustainability. LiveWell Greenville … Continue reading My Summer with LiveWell Greenville

Farms, Kids, & Futures

This summer I have had the opportunity to work with the greatest, funniest, silliest, and most difficult group of teenagers through a local non profit – Mill Village Farms. Here is what a day in the life of a crew leader looks like… I like to label myself as the transportation administrator. This means that I have the prestigious responsibility of driving the bus for … Continue reading Farms, Kids, & Futures

The Meaning of the Bicycle

Quick. What feeling comes to mind when you hear the word “bicycle?” Excitement, joy, frustration, anxiety, annoyance? When I speak about my interest in bicycles, I sometimes get surprised looks of slight confusion. Why focus one’s efforts on bicycling of all things? Why do bike lanes matter? What’s the point? Answers to these questions have been evolving along my journey with bicycles. Entering my Sophomore … Continue reading The Meaning of the Bicycle

A New Way To Eat

How often do you think about where your food comes from? Do you ever consider the land, air, water, sunshine, time, and hard work that went into growing and processing everything on your plate? What about the pesticides, fossil fuels, and labor exploitation that tend to accompany conventional agriculture?  Before this summer, I rarely thought about any of this.  I had occasionally heard people touting … Continue reading A New Way To Eat

Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime

The history of soup kitchens in America can be traced back to the effects of the depression. Since its humble beginning soup kitchens have spread across the nation, locating the areas of greatest need. Our very own city of Greenville has several soup kitchens and pantries, all working hard to provide free meals for the hungry. This summer as a Shi Center Fellow I’ve had … Continue reading Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime

Saving a Place I love!

Charleston has continually been ranked the number one city in the United States for years. There are beautiful beaches and a beautiful historic city with friendly residents. This popularity, however, puts pressure not only on the City of Charleston but also the surrounding towns and cities. One of these towns is Mount Pleasant, where I have lived all my life. When I was little, Mount … Continue reading Saving a Place I love!

UCapture: Furman’s Next Step Towards Carbon Neutrality

In 2009, Furman’s Board of Trustees unanimously determined to integrate sustainability into the University culture under the framework Sustainable Furman.  As part of that plan, the University made the ambitious decision to become Carbon Neutral by 2026. More than eight years later with multiple LEED certified buildings, a number seven rating in the Sustainable Campus Index, and five percent of its total energy produced by … Continue reading UCapture: Furman’s Next Step Towards Carbon Neutrality

Sustainable Health, Sustainable Community

When someone mentions the word “sustainable” my mind immediately flashes to images of recyclable material, safe farming practices, and riding a bike to work. I think it is easy for people like me to assume that sustainability is all about lowering your carbon footprint or admitting that global warming is a serious threat, but my experience this summer has proved me wrong.  This summer I … Continue reading Sustainable Health, Sustainable Community

The Impact of Outdoor Education

My name is Peter Wilson and I would consider myself a lifelong steward of the environment.  Ever since I was a young child, I spent most of my time outdoors exploring and observing everything I could about the natural world.  In my elementary and middle school years, many of my afternoons were spent wading in the creek and traipsing through the woods until it got … Continue reading The Impact of Outdoor Education

My Summer with Sandburg

“I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” Have you ever considered volunteering at a National Park? I hadn’t, not before I discovered the great relationship the Shi Center has with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (CARL) in Flat Rock, NC. Working these past four weeks as a Climate Change Program Assistant and Citizen Science leader … Continue reading My Summer with Sandburg