Speaking for the Trees

Written by Kylie Stackis   Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax  “speaks for the trees.” I speak for the trees too, although I’m not quite as fluent. In my fellowship at the Shi Center, I’ve investigated Furman’s unique and sustainable landscapes. Furman is trying to achieve official status as an arboretum, which means value on trees in these landscapes is especially important. As a Southeastern university, Furman has a … Continue reading Speaking for the Trees

“Consume Less; Share Better.” –Hervé Kempf

Written by Michael Robinson Bicycle rack Hi. I’m Michael Robinson, a freshman Sustainability Science and Spanish major, avid knitter, and cycling enthusiast. I love extra crunchy peanut butter, morning tea, and my favorite wintertime fruit is the clementine. By Furman standards I could be considered an eccentrist with these interests; yet, I fit right in at the Shi Center. I started working a little over a … Continue reading “Consume Less; Share Better.” –Hervé Kempf

A Culture of Enough

Written by John Michael Worsham Last semester I spent three months in Madrid, Spain on the Furman Spanish Department’s Madrid study away program. Upon my arrival – despite a lack of sleep, jet lag, and my host mother Teresa’s rapid Spanish – one of the first things I noticed was a drive to conserve resources. During the quick tour of my new apartment, Teresa was … Continue reading A Culture of Enough

Sustainability Down Under

Written by Will McCabe G’day mates! Last fall I took my studies to Australia where I attended James Cook University in the beautiful city of Cairns. My coursework at JCU, travels around the country, and friendships created with people from all over the world made for an unforgettable and extremely beneficial experience. I chose JCU because it is very well known for its Sustainability Science … Continue reading Sustainability Down Under

Three Years…

Written by Anne-Marie Melief It’s hard for me to comprehend that I have been working at the Shi Center for Sustainability for three years now. When I began my career as a sustainability student, it was with a somewhat vague idea of sustainability. I, of course, knew that I was interested in living more harmoniously with the environment and making choices that would help everyone … Continue reading Three Years…

The Costs of Convenience

Written by Serena Doose “You know that’s just going to make it harder for you, right?” Jane responds after John encourages her to add her fruit scraps to his already overflowing, apartment compost bucket. When John replies that it doesn’t matter, she gives him a skeptical look, but obligingly tosses in her cooking byproducts. At this point, the matter is out of Jane’s hands and … Continue reading The Costs of Convenience

Keeping the Green in Greenville

Written by Rob George I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about the work I have been doing at the Shi Center for Sustainability. For the past 6 months I have been working for the Community Conservation Corp (CCC) which is housed in Furman University’s Shi Center. The CCC provides free home weatherization to low income homeowners in the greater Greenville community. It … Continue reading Keeping the Green in Greenville


Written by Anne-Marie Melief I, along with my supervisors and coworker, breathed a huge sigh of relief last week Friday. We had finally submitted Furman’s biennial STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System) report to ASSHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). (Author’s note: biennial is every other year, while biannual is twice a year). An incredibly detailed, time consuming, and vast … Continue reading Green STARS