My Summer with Sandburg

“I am an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going but I’m on my way.” Have you ever considered volunteering at a National Park? I hadn’t, not before I discovered the great relationship the Shi Center has with the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site (CARL) in Flat Rock, NC. Working these past four weeks as a Climate Change Program Assistant and Citizen Science leader … Continue reading My Summer with Sandburg

Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner?

Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner, what a catchy slogan especially when you say it in a low southern drawl. Not only is it catchy but it’s also accurate, as majority of Americans have turned to beef or meat as a mealtime staple. However harmless as this might seem, meat consumption has huge environmental repercussions. Agriculture plays a significant role in greenhouse gas emissions, land use … Continue reading Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner?

The Furman Farm Chose Community

My friends who went to culinary school used to justify their decision with a singular platitude: “Everyone has to eat food.” Such a statement seemed so obvious that it fell deaf on my ears. Then I pulled my own food out of the ground for the first time, and from that moment on I understood the implications of their defense. My appreciation of food before … Continue reading The Furman Farm Chose Community

Me, You, and the Greenville Zoo

When I was hired by the Greenville Zoo to be their 2017 Summer Furman Fellow, I did not know what to expect by way of work. My first week involved doing odd jobs for the other employees, bonding with the three large birds that call our office space home, and meeting all our wonderful docents and volunteers that do so much for the Greenville Zoo. … Continue reading Me, You, and the Greenville Zoo

My Experiences with the Shi Center for Sustainability

In 2014, during my sophomore year at Furman, I attended Farm Aid, an annual day-long music festival and environmental rally founded in 1985 by Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and John Mellencamp that serves as a fundraiser for independent U.S. farmers. While attending this festival, I talked to farmers and activists, attended seminars, and heard my musical heroes express their concern for our planet. Neil Young … Continue reading My Experiences with the Shi Center for Sustainability

Sustainability and Benjamin Franklin’s Virtues

In 1726, 20 year old Benjamin Franklin devised a system of 13 virtues for the purpose of developing his character. Nearly 300 years later, this character-building system creates one of the most productive figures in American history. So why do Franklin’s 13 virtues even matter? In my opinion, these virtues (at least some anyway) can be related to the values of sustainability. For the past … Continue reading Sustainability and Benjamin Franklin’s Virtues