Greening Greenville

On Tuesday, Jul 19th, Greenville Mayor Knox White introduced new programs that the city will be launching in the fall to further the city’s sustainability efforts. One of the major programs is the LED Streetlight Pilot. They city in collaboration with Duke Energy, GE and Hubbell Lighting will be installing LED (light-emitting diode) street lights in the downtown area. As of right now, the block … Continue reading Greening Greenville

Furman’s Fiber/Dye Garden

It is rare to find a science class, or any class for that matter, that is quite as unique and just downright cool as Furman’s  “Applied Plant Science” class.  According to the university course catalog, this upper-level biology course is an “introduction to plant biology as it pertains to human society,” with an emphasis on “medicinally and economically important plants.” While this brief explanation is perfect for the course catalog, it does … Continue reading Furman’s Fiber/Dye Garden

Trails: Building a better community

Recently, public officials and city planners across the country have begun to consider trails and greenways more as they brainstorm new ways to improve their cities. Trails and greenways have been found to increase the livability of a community and to have social, health, and economic benefits. However, many people oppose these new developments due to their lack of knowledge of what greenways are. Greenways … Continue reading Trails: Building a better community

Organic: More Than Just a Method

There are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstanding about the term “organic,” particularly when it is used to describe food/produce. From a semantic perspective, the term “organic” is often thought to be synonymous with words such as: healthy, expensive, green, and liberal (or “hippie,” which ever you prefer). With that in mind, a formal definition might a good place to start clarifying some of the … Continue reading Organic: More Than Just a Method

What’s your carbon footprint?

There has been a lot of talk about carbon footprints lately. People telling you how to reduce your own personal footprint and such. However, the definition of a carbon footprint is very broad, and many people use it incorrectly. The definition of a carbon footprint is: “…a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to … Continue reading What’s your carbon footprint?

The Most Sustainable Cities in the United States: Then and Now

In 2009, Smarter Cities, an NRDC project that looks at the progress American cities are making toward going green, compiled a list of the 15 most sustainable cities in the United States. The list was created using data from EPA and the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as results from the voluntary survey that was sent to the mayor’s office in each city. The project differentiates between … Continue reading The Most Sustainable Cities in the United States: Then and Now

The Great Green Technological Transformation

To help lessen the impact of climate change in the future and help aid the efforts against poverty, the United Nation’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs recently released  The World Economic and Social Survey 2011: The Great Green Technological Transformation. In this survey, Rob Vos, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division and lead author of the report, hopes that people will realize … Continue reading The Great Green Technological Transformation

Don’t Be Fooled by Greenwashing

According to, greenwashing can be defined as: “The act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service.” Terra Choice, the environmental marketing and consulting firm that developed the 7 Sins of Greenwashing, has committed itself to raising awareness among consumers about greenwashing, and the companies/products that are associated with it. Everyday consumers are bombarded by … Continue reading Don’t Be Fooled by Greenwashing