Strength in Numbers: How Cities Are Championing a More Sustainable, Social, and Equitable Future

by Susie Wold Here in the SC Upstate if you were to approach a person at random on the street and ask what words they associate with cities, you might get something along the lines of “dirty,” “dangerous,” “crowded,” or “impersonal.” In actuality, though, cities are on the forefront of sustainability. They prove to lower the carbon footprint and increase social equity of their residents, … Continue reading Strength in Numbers: How Cities Are Championing a More Sustainable, Social, and Equitable Future

Sustainability in the Classroom

“Combustible fósil. Gasolina sin plomo. Petróleo” I recited to myself amidst a room filled with students busily soaking in as much of the Spanish language as possible before the upcoming verbal assessment on the natural environment. As I noticed the trend of exhaustible resources in the vocabulary list, I began to wonder why renewable energy remained an overlooked topic in my classroom. After further thought, … Continue reading Sustainability in the Classroom

Why You Should Go Paperless at Least Once in Your Lifetime

Going paperless – it doesn’t sound like it should be that hard in today’s world where technology surrounds us and we all have hand-held computers in our pockets. I mean how much paper do we really use anyway? The answer is a lot, as a campus. As a whole we used 7,249,526 pages of paper in 2017. And that number is just printed paper! That’s … Continue reading Why You Should Go Paperless at Least Once in Your Lifetime

An Inside Look Into Furman’s Greenbelt

By Tyler Carlson I have enjoyed every second I have spent here on Furman University’s campus.  Some of my most cherished memories were created here with my friends and family.  Likewise, I have made decisions here that have altered my education as well as my current outlook on life.  With that being said, it is easy to see how Furman has become ingrained into my … Continue reading An Inside Look Into Furman’s Greenbelt

8 Ways to Eat Sustainably At Furman

I am not a vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian, but I still feel ashamed when I eat foods that I know have a large impact on our environment. Americans don’t usually realize how much virtual water and resources go into their daily meals. I want to eat more mindfully and encourage others to do the same. I have compiled some resources that have informed me of … Continue reading 8 Ways to Eat Sustainably At Furman

Why Do We Weatherize? The National Energy Burden & Benefits of Weatherization

By Jade Carberry Basic energy services such as heating and cooling are often taken for granted, especially in developed countries. Lack of access to affordable energy services, however, often results in difficulty in satisfying many basic needs. According to a recent study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE),  (http://energyefficiencyforall.org/sites/default/files/Lifting%20the%20High%20Energy%20Burden_0.pdf), low income households spend almost 7.2% of their household income on utility bills, … Continue reading Why Do We Weatherize? The National Energy Burden & Benefits of Weatherization

Tiny Living, Big Advantage: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Building Less

By: Logan Richardson The Tiny House Movement is a sweeping phenomenon in our nation, largely as a result of the economic downturn in the past decade.  As the Assessment Fellow who is responsible for compiling Furman’s annual greenhouse gas report, I am fascinated about how this movement can help to reduce America’s drastic carbon emissions and play a small part in helping our environment.   … Continue reading Tiny Living, Big Advantage: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Building Less

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Aquaponics

When I tell my friends and family that I run an aquaponics system at Furman Farm, the first question I get is what even is aquaponics? Aquaponics is the combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. Hydroponics means growing plants without soil, only water. Aquaculture is raising any kind of aquatic animal; at Furman Farm we will soon raise crawfish. Why is this so special? Aquaponics is … Continue reading Easy, Breezy, Beautiful Aquaponics