Sustainability Down Under

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 program and it offers … Continue reading Sustainability Down Under

Annie’s House

For families with incomes near the poverty level, making payments for food and energy bills is increasingly difficult. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for families in the lowest 20% of the income distribution, spending on food and energy consumes 44.1% of their income after tax. The lives of these families would be much easier if they had little to no electric or gas … Continue reading Annie’s House

Go Car-Free!

CAR-FREE DAY: Wed. October 26th     WHY GO CAR-FREE FOR A DAY? Reconnect with Furman’s campus Enhance your health Save money Reduce your carbon footprint Rather than driving on Wednesday the 26th, we encourage everyone to explore the Greenville bus system, ride bikes on the Swamp Rabbit trail, or walk to the many events Furman offers on campus that day, such as: Women’s Soccer … Continue reading Go Car-Free!

First impressions of sustainability in Spain

¡Hola de España! Hello from Spain! I am spending this semester in Madrid to study the language and culture of this beautiful country. Since my arrival last week, I’ve been on the lookout for anything and everything sustainability-related. Until I can do more research to learn about specific sustainability issues in Spain, here are some things that I’ve noticed so far. Transportation There is an … Continue reading First impressions of sustainability in Spain

Chicken Poop in the Chesapeake Bay

The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States with a multitude of environmental, economic, and aesthetic benefits.  It absorbs flood waters, prevents erosion, filters polluted storm water runoff, provides a habitat for a large number highly productive organisms, houses two of the North Atlantic’s five major shipping ports, and supports educational and family activities such as boating, swimming, and bird-watching. As a … Continue reading Chicken Poop in the Chesapeake Bay

Books vs. Kindle

If you’re thinking about purchasing an Amazon Kindle in the near future, here are some things to consider in terms of its environmental impact vs. that of a normal book: According to the environmental consulting firm Cleantech, it takes seven gallons of water to produce a single printed book, which generates on average 7.5 kg (almost 17 lbs) of carbon dioxide equivalents in raw materials, … Continue reading Books vs. Kindle

Electric Cars Can Go How Fast?

I went to an all-boys school for twelve years before coming to Furman, so you can imagine what my friends thought when I told them that I was interested in electric cars: “Psh… you hippie,” “My Hummer could squash those things,” and “Why would anyone drive one of those?” The one central idea of all of these comments was that electric cars weren’t “manly” enough. … Continue reading Electric Cars Can Go How Fast?