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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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An Update On: The Furman Lake Restoration

As some of you who frequent Furman’s campus may have noticed, there have been a lot of changes to Furman’s Lake recently. The water level is down, the gravel dam at the north end of the lake is gone, and we have seemingly strange flotillas of plants along the water’s edge. All of these modifications are steps towards improving Furman’s lake system. The ultimate goal … Continue reading An Update On: The Furman Lake Restoration

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Where will you be in 25 years?

As a campus, we celebrated arbor day last Friday, Oct 28th. These celebrations included activities like Photo Booth, listening to a live band, and, of course planting trees. Kylie, from Trees Greenville, came out to help guide the tree planting and make sure they were going to live healthy happy lives. As she was instructing the student volunteers, she pointed out that these trees will … Continue reading Where will you be in 25 years?

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When Life Takes You Down an Unexpected Path

Community. It’s funny how things come back full circle sometimes like a spinning bicycle wheel. When applying to Furman I wrote an essay about community. From the very beginning of my journey at Furman, I wanted to get to know not just people at Furman, but those who lived in Greenville. Finally, this past summer has given me the opportunity to connect with the Greenville … Continue reading When Life Takes You Down an Unexpected Path