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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

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Community is More Than Imagined

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” –Howard Zinn When everyone around is feeling, moving, and experiencing the same thing that you are is something far greater than first imagined. It is that moment at a concert when the stage falls silent, and everyone is screaming for an encore. It is that moment of feeling like you are a part … Continue reading Community is More Than Imagined

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Food As We Know It

  For the longest while, I’ve been purchasing certified USDA Organic products. Before working at Whole Foods Market, I never really knew what it meant for a product to be considered USDA Organic. However, after a dreadful three-days-worth of training videos, I can confidently tell you what it means for a product to be certified USDA Organic. For a product to get the USDA Organic … Continue reading Food As We Know It

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River Report Card Fellow

Coming into the position as the “River Report Card Fellow,” I expected to learn more about water quality levels and South Carolina’s upstate region. However, the most memorable event that I have had the pleasure of being a part of was a strengths building retreat with the members of the Upstate Forever office. Upstate Forever has done a great job of establishing themselves in the … Continue reading River Report Card Fellow

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Community Outreach to Promote Sustainable Health Outcomes

Americans across the country are effected by Healthcare, but those individuals who lack resources can be effected exponentially more. Many people know how expensive a trip to the hospital can be, so they try to avoid it at all costs. They use other means of accessing care in the form of primary care physician visits and over the counter medications to alleviate diseases in their … Continue reading Community Outreach to Promote Sustainable Health Outcomes

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The Tree of Life—Grace McCartha

The tree of life. The tree of knowledge. The Christmas tree. The evolutionary tree. The world tree. Trees have been important and popular symbols in cultures both ancient and modern across the world. The tree of life metaphor existed in ancient Persian, Egyptian, Chinese, Norse, and North American societies, to name a few. In Egypt, the Acacia tree (Acacia sp.) was considered the tree of … Continue reading The Tree of Life—Grace McCartha