A Riverstead Community

By: Neal Yates Hi everyone! My name is Neal Yates, and I am a recent graduate from Furman with a Bachelor’s degree in physics. This summer I have been working through the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities as a Riverstead Community Farm Fellow. Riverstead is a gated community encompassing over 400 acres of land, with 250 acres dedicated to nature conservation. There we practice a … Continue reading A Riverstead Community

Fun on the Farm

By: Mikaela Williams Hi everyone! My name is Mikaela Williams, and I am a recent graduate of Furman’s Earth and Environmental Sciences program. For the past few months, I have been working through The Shi Center for Sustainability as Oak Hill Café’s summer fellow. There I have mostly been working on their farm. On a day-to-day basis I’m usually doing a lot of direct farm work like planting, weeding, harvesting, or … Continue reading Fun on the Farm

Urban Waterways and Their Role in Greenville

By: Clayton Linge Hello! My name is Clayton Linge, and this summer I have had the pleasure of working with the City of Greenville and their engineering department on stream and waterway mapping. This might sound slightly strange, but the role urban waterways play in flooding and road conditions is paramount and requires constant monitoring. The City of Greenville works within FEMA flood plain maps … Continue reading Urban Waterways and Their Role in Greenville

Prisma Health and Its Role In Sustainability

By: Kate Stuart Hey everyone! My name is Kate Stuart, and I am a rising senior Sociology major. This summer I am the Prisma Population Health Initiatives fellow. I mainly work with various staff members on the programs of the Accountable Communities Department, and the Director of Access Health Greenville & Laurens Counties (AHGL). AHGL, a program of The Duke Endowment, strategizes equitable healthcare access … Continue reading Prisma Health and Its Role In Sustainability

Affordable Housing for All

By: Taylor Moore My name is Taylor Moore. I am a junior Sociology and German double major, and this summer I am the Affordable Housing Fellow with the Shi Institute. I have been researching a number of factors influencing affordable housing and housing security in Greenville including historical components, gentrification, zoning, and eviction. Greenville is an especially interesting place for studying these things. As Greenville’s … Continue reading Affordable Housing for All

Exciting New Things Coming to Furman’s Backyard

By: Charlotte Moore Furman students love Travelers Rest, and for good reason! It’s walkable and bikeable from campus and features some student favorites, like Sidewall Pizza, Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse, and Farmhouse Tacos. This summer, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know TR behind the scenes! My name is Charlotte Moore, and I am a junior Urban Studies, Math-Econ, and German triple major from … Continue reading Exciting New Things Coming to Furman’s Backyard

Gardening in Greenville

By: Bennett Dean My name is Bennett Dean and I will be a senior this fall. I am double majoring in Sustainability Science and Music, a rare combination, but one that perfectly fits my passions. This summer I am interning with Project Host which is a nonprofit organization in the heart of downtown Greenville. Though the actual building and staff is fairly small, their community … Continue reading Gardening in Greenville

Tree Love

By: Marchant Harris Hello! I am Marchant Harris, and I am the Environmental Education Fellow at TreesUpstate. I am from Columbia, South Carolina and will be a junior at Furman University this fall. TreesUpstate is a nonprofit that works to plant, promote, and protect trees in the upstate of South Carolina. Each day, I mainly work on continuing education to people through social media on trees … Continue reading Tree Love

Internship Reflections Forever

  By: Sydney Andersen My name is Sydney Andersen, and I am the Upstate Forever fellow this summer. Upstate Forever is a nonprofit organization that acts as a conservation bank and champion of community in 10 upstate counties, working to protect lands and waterways from rapid development. It is their mission to protect environmentally sensitive habitats as well as foster communities with strong ties to the outdoors. During my time working with the organization, I am assisting the … Continue reading Internship Reflections Forever