How often do you think about where your food comes from? Do you ever consider the land, air, water, sunshine, time, and hard work that went into growing and processing everything on your plate? What about the pesticides, fossil fuels, and labor exploitation that tend to accompany conventional agriculture? Before this summer, I rarely thought about any of this. I had occasionally heard people touting … Continue reading A New Way To Eat
The history of soup kitchens in America can be traced back to the effects of the depression. Since its humble beginning soup kitchens have spread across the nation, locating the areas of greatest need. Our very own city of Greenville has several soup kitchens and pantries, all working hard to provide free meals for the hungry. This summer as a Shi Center Fellow I’ve had … Continue reading Teach a Man to Fish and You Feed Him for a Lifetime
Charleston has continually been ranked the number one city in the United States for years. There are beautiful beaches and a beautiful historic city with friendly residents. This popularity, however, puts pressure not only on the City of Charleston but also the surrounding towns and cities. One of these towns is Mount Pleasant, where I have lived all my life. When I was little, Mount … Continue reading Saving a Place I love!
In 2009, Furman’s Board of Trustees unanimously determined to integrate sustainability into the University culture under the framework Sustainable Furman. As part of that plan, the University made the ambitious decision to become Carbon Neutral by 2026. More than eight years later with multiple LEED certified buildings, a number seven rating in the Sustainable Campus Index, and five percent of its total energy produced by … Continue reading UCapture: Furman’s Next Step Towards Carbon Neutrality
When someone mentions the word “sustainable” my mind immediately flashes to images of recyclable material, safe farming practices, and riding a bike to work. I think it is easy for people like me to assume that sustainability is all about lowering your carbon footprint or admitting that global warming is a serious threat, but my experience this summer has proved me wrong. This summer I … Continue reading Sustainable Health, Sustainable Community
My name is Peter Wilson and I would consider myself a lifelong steward of the environment. Ever since I was a young child, I spent most of my time outdoors exploring and observing everything I could about the natural world. In my elementary and middle school years, many of my afternoons were spent wading in the creek and traipsing through the woods until it got … Continue reading The Impact of Outdoor Education