About the Contributors Summer 2019

AddisonAddison Gottwals (‘20) is a senior Urban Studies major from Billings, Montana. She is serving as the summer research fellow for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project. In the future, Addison hopes to pursue a career as an Environmental Lawyer. If she is not exploring the great outdoors, you can find Addison spending her entire paycheck at tandem.

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Amy Stewart is a rising senior from Seattle, Washington. As an economics major, she is particularly interested in the role that gender and automation play within the labor market. This summer she will be working on the Data Visualization Fellowship as part of the Collaborative for Community Engaged Learning. In her free time she enjoys studying philosophy, pleasure reading and watching a good sunset.

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Anna Stewart is a junior Sustainability Science major, Environmental Studies Minor, and lives in Taylors SC. She is the LiveWell Greenville Fellow with the Shi Center, where she hopes to focus her interests on encouraging healthy eating within schools. In her free time she loves to be outside and spend time with family and friends.





Bennett Burkholder is a 30-year-old non-traditional student who served 9 years in the US Marine Corps. He loves long walks, and he often thinks about just how unsustainable our culture is. He has a 7-year-old daughter, a puppy, and a kitty. He is a rising junior and Sustainability Science major. He loves being outside, and he chose the Horseshoe Farm fellowship so he could hangout, get tan, and eat vegetables all day while at work. At the Horseshow Farm, he is leaning about small-scale farming.

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Brook Denny (‘20) is a Rising Senior from Syracuse, New York majoring in Urban Studies. She serves as the City of Travelers Rest Fellow assisting with the Master Plan for the City of Travelers Rest, as well as, other individual projects. In addition to all things Urban, Brook enjoys traveling, spending time with her friends and animals, and taking walks around the Furman Lake.





Catherine Lippert is from Columbia, SC and is a rising Senior Sustainability Science major. She is interning at the City of Greenville in their Environmental Engineering department this summer and will be working with streambank restoration and stormwater management. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and biking!


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Chambers English is a recent graduate from the class of 2019 with a double major in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Philosophy. While at Furman, he served three academic year Fellowships at the Shi Center for Sustainability and led student environmental groups and projects. Working with faculty and staff, he has completed research ranging from waste system analysis to wildlife behavior to forest dynamics. Currently, he is working with Upstate Forever to craft a vision for climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in the Greenville area. Chambers savors time outdoors with loved ones, woodworking, and tending the garden at the Vista House where he lives this summer.


Claire Maybin is a rising junior studying Sustainability Science and Public Health. This summer she is working as a crew leader for at risk teens at Mill Village Farms. She is from Zirconia, NC and she loves to hike, cook and spend time with friends.





EliseElise Dudley is a rising junior Sustainability Science & Public Health major from Charlotte, NC. This summer she is thrilled to be working at Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a local vegetable-forward restaurant with attached no-till organic permaculture farm. OHC is passionate about reflecting local & seasonal ingredients and opening up Greenville to elevated global cuisine. She has academic interest in promoting equitable food systems and nutrition education, and worked as Bon Appetit’s Sustainable Food Service Fellow on campus this year.

emiliaEmilia Hyland is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a junior Sustainability Science major with a possible double major in Spanish. She is really interested in sustainable agriculture, and this summer she is working with the local nonprofit Project Host. Overall, she loves to travel and to be outside.





EmilyEmily Thomas (’21) is a Sustainability Science major with an interest in urban planning and sustainable architecture. This summer she is the Affordable Housing fellow for the Shi Center, working with local organizations to find solutions to the housing crisis in Greenville. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and sailing, or just relaxing with a good book.




Eric HoltEric Holt (’21) is a rising junior studying sustainability science from Natick, Massachusetts. This summer he will be serving as the Community Conservation Corps Fellow for the Shi Center with the goal of creating instructional tutorials for volunteers. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis, traveling to new places, and spending time with friends.



GerrardGerrard Hanly is a senior English from Brunswick, Georgia. He’s had a lifelong passion for storytelling, specifically audio journalism, which led him to become CEL’s Community Podcast Fellow to bring the stories of the Greenville community to life.





HalieHalie Ziobron is a Senior Public Health Major from Roswell, Georgia. She is spending her summer at AccessHealth Greenville which is an organization affiliated with Prisma Health which focuses on providing access to healthcare for low income and uninsured patients. In her free time, she enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, baking (or at least trying to), getting lost while hiking, and singing loudly at concerts or in the car.


KrisKris Johnston is the Youth Tree Care Team leader for TreesUpstate. In his internship, he leads three high school students on the Tree Care Team in caring for the trees planted by TreesUpstate throughout the past two years. In addition to working with trees, Kris likes spending his spare time writing music, playing guitar, and hiking.



LillyLily Pittman is a rising junior, double majoring in Sustainability Science and Studio Art. She is working on the Furman farm this summer, harvesting up a storm in this quiet nook of our campus. She is most likely spending her free time painting, tending to her houseplants, playing her banjo, or other creative endeavors.


MargaretMargaret Bovard (’22) is serving as the Education and Conservation fellow at the City of Greenville Zoo. She is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Margaret hopes to be an epidemiologist and an alpaca farmer. Margaret enjoys sewing, running, and eating fruit.





IMG_5093_polarrNataley Williams (’21) is a rising Junior Sustainability Science major from Knoxville, Tennessee. This summer, she is serving as the Shi Center’s Communication and Outreach Fellow, with the aim to increase awareness about the Shi Center and the sustainability initiatives happening on Furman’s campus. In her free time, Nataley enjoys being with friends, reading, traveling, and petting any dog she sees!


IMG_2828Natalie Anderson is a recent graduate of the class of 2019, graduating with a degree in psychology. Over the summer, she has worked as a Greenlink ADA assessment fellow. Her primary role is traveling throughout the Greenville county, collecting data at each bus stop in order to one day make it accessible through the American Disabilities Act. Additionally, she is working with another fellow on a podcast, talking to people about the public transportation system and listening to their stories. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends, ride her bike, and be out in nature.

RobRob Cain is a recent graduate of Furman University from Greenwood, SC. He completed his degree in Economics with a minor in Poverty Studies and ended his career at Furman in Israel and Jordan on a May X. This summer he will be working at the Shi Center as the Indicator Fellow to help create a database for nonprofits, for profits, and city officials to contribute to and utilize. Additionally, he will be collaborating to establish a framework to assess Greenville’s sustainability. Rob enjoys reading, playing sports, hiking, hanging out with friends, and being an uncle to his 5 nieces and nephews.