In Pursuit of Clean Air: The Chilean Regulatory Approach

I wake up and take a deep breath. The air seems clean, but then I realize that I have my heavy-duty air filter on in my bedroom. I walk to my window and look out. I see a brown cloud, similar to the picture above, hovering above Santiago. The magnificent Andes Mountains surrounding the city are shrouded in smog. Next step – check the Air … Continue reading In Pursuit of Clean Air: The Chilean Regulatory Approach

A Modern Conservation Ethic

Coordinating with students, University administration, and external partners to lead our community towards Zero-Waste, my team and I encounter classic dilemmas for environmentalists. We tread a delicate line between education and execution, instilling values and accomplishing results, changing lifestyles and altering budgets. Recycling, the most obvious avenue to reduce the proportion of waste which reaches the landfill, provides a prime example of two options with … Continue reading A Modern Conservation Ethic

Carbon Tax: No Longer A Partisan Issue

Recently there has been much talk about the possibility of a federal carbon tax in the United States. This has been a long, ongoing discussion that started to get more attention under the Obama Administration, and with the recent federal government turnover, the discussion has been brought to the light once again, yet not by the typical environmentalists. A group of prominent republicans named “climate … Continue reading Carbon Tax: No Longer A Partisan Issue

Why We Need More Than Individual Action To Make Our Campus Green

Since Furman began recording its greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory in 2007, the University has reduced total net emissions by 19.66%! Even though this is a great achievement and shows a strong commitment to sustainability, there is still more room for improvement. Furman has committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2026. This means that in less than ten years, the University must have zero total net … Continue reading Why We Need More Than Individual Action To Make Our Campus Green

Here’s The Biggest Issue With The Pipeline

You’ve probably heard about the Keystone Pipeline. You know that thing our government has been fighting about for what feels like decades now? An opportunity to create more American jobs. A chance for our country to not depend on other countries for oil. All of this sounds great. I can see how people will buy into these ideas. These are the issues that people use … Continue reading Here’s The Biggest Issue With The Pipeline

Health and The Environment

As a health science major, I am very cognizant of the benefits of physical activity. Endless studies show that being physically active can reduce your risk of disease, have a positive effect on mental health, and generally improve one’s quality of life. In fact, most people do not need a course to understand this. I have also always had a passion for saving and maintaining … Continue reading Health and The Environment

Sustainability Abroad: A Traveler’s Insights on Environmentalism

It may be easy to deny climate change, or land-use change when we are not the ones experiencing its effects. Deforestation can feel like a far-off concept when you step outside and see a forest full of trees. Expose the public to actual environmental issues, and maybe then there will be a greater motivation for change. In Germany, for example, any number of people driving … Continue reading Sustainability Abroad: A Traveler’s Insights on Environmentalism

Help the Environment and Your Wallet

Despite the unusually warm November that we’ve experienced, the onset of December guarantees the approach of cold weather and the start of heating season. While most people don’t consciously think about what this means, the arrival of the cold causes concern for those who have a tight budget and for the environment. For those with low incomes, having to pay for heat can be a … Continue reading Help the Environment and Your Wallet

Why Recycling Is Still Important, Even On The Individual Level

Some may see the act of recycling as just a “temporary fix” or “a little too late” solution to our pollution problem that we have worldwide, which is partially true. Waste management has a huge impact on the well-being of future generations, but the recycling industry can only do so much. Without committed participants who are properly educated on what, how and where to recycle, how … Continue reading Why Recycling Is Still Important, Even On The Individual Level