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

Paladin Pickers

Every year, college students across the US throw away millions of good quality, functional dormitory items when they move out.  Year after year, dumpsters fill up during finals with great clothes, furniture, and appliances that are perfectly reusable.  Countless schools have acknowledged this problem, creating various programs to reduce their carbon footprint over move-out.  Furman is just getting started with the Paladin Pickers program that … Continue reading Paladin Pickers

5 of the Easiest Ways to Make Your Life More Green

Since taking on this fellowship as the Shi Center’s Green Office Fellow, I have learned a lot about the little things that individuals can do to help contribute to making their office more eco-friendly. Some of these switches seemed obvious to me as a Sustainability major, and I was kind of amazed when we would receive reports from departments that missed (what I would have … Continue reading 5 of the Easiest Ways to Make Your Life More Green