Track Your Leftovers: A Story of Composting

  When you see the leftover or rotted food in your fridge or pantry at home, your first instinct is probably to throw it away. In the United States, you are certainly not alone, as each year we throw away tens of billions of pounds of food. While trying to reduce this amount of wasted food is an entirely different issue, we can at least … Continue reading Track Your Leftovers: A Story of Composting

The Purple Link to Greenlink

Connectivity is a crucial part of what makes a place livable. For people to be able to have a job, there must be a means of getting there. With Greenville’s rapid growth, more industries are moving in. How will people get to these new jobs as more people are having to move away from the city center? Greenville’s public bus service, Greenlink, is one option, … Continue reading The Purple Link to Greenlink

To Tree or Not to Tree

The first thing I ever loved about Furman’s campus was the beautiful mall, framed by the towering oaks that help create Furman’s charming and calm atmosphere. It seems that trees have a knack for that, for creating beautiful and peaceful settings to study, work, and live in. But it’s not just for appearances that Furman’s trees are so important, trees are also valuable for their … Continue reading To Tree or Not to Tree

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!