A Different Kind of Environmentalist

One thing I’ve known about myself ever since I majored in Sustainability Science is that I’m not your typical environmentalist. I wasn’t a scout of any kind, I never go backpacking and rarely even camped in my childhood, and to put it bluntly, I don’t like the outdoors. This may seem like a contradiction to you, as it does to many, and again just this … Continue reading A Different Kind of Environmentalist


We talk about the Furman Family. For those of us who were Sustainability Fellows, we found ourselves turning into a family while cooking together. The things we share in common are at the center of what brings us closer together. After a summer of learning about sustainability, I came to the consensus that the driving factor behind sustainability is a desire to enhance the common … Continue reading Sustainability-Community-Relationships-Family

Culture Shocks: Two Sides of One Story

This morning, I sat on the balcony of my apartment, facing a small forest of giant trees. I closed my eyes, and heard the rooftop rainwater dripping down the pipe, onto the tree leaves, the stone paths, the lower roofs. I heard the singing birds flying by, and the tree leaves up high padding each other in the wind. The sound of the leaves gradually … Continue reading Culture Shocks: Two Sides of One Story

Hollywood Goes Green!

Sometimes it may seem like environmentalists are this small niche group of hippies who don’t shower and preach of the ever looming ‘global warming’. But for you and me, hopefully people who see through this stereotype and support sustainability, or at least care enough to read about it, we know that there is so much more to the movement. Because of sustainability’s complexities it overlaps … Continue reading Hollywood Goes Green!

Key to a greener future

I was very intrigued and impressed when I found out what this little contraption in my Spanish hotel room was: When my roommate and I first entered our hotel room in Galicia, the northwestern region of Spain, we quickly discovered that our lights weren’t working.  After making a call to the front desk, we learned that the lights were, in fact, in working order, but … Continue reading Key to a greener future

A snapshot view of sustainability at Furman

Despite my daily hustle-and-bustle school routine, I am constantly aware of the gorgeous campus that surrounds me.  There’s something pretty incredible about walking out of the library after an intense study session and being greeted with this view: As I was admiring this photo earlier today, I started considering the different aspects of sustainability that are represented in it.  The stately fountains are operated on … Continue reading A snapshot view of sustainability at Furman

Fighting for our future

At times, being an advocate for sustainability can be quite draining.  It’s inspiring to read and hear about all the research and projects that are propelling our world towards a more sustainable future; however, every once in a while, I can’t help but think about how much further we have to go.  Yes, we’re making progress, but are these advances too little and too late?  … Continue reading Fighting for our future

Education as it relates to the Environment

In February, I posted an entry in which I discussed my “pursuit of academic direction.”  Here’s an excerpt: I’ve been doing a lot of contemplating lately as I try to pin down exactly what I want to do with my life.  Through my self-evaluations and the “assistance” of numerous time-consuming yet worthless online career profile quizzes, I have been analyzing my passions and skills in … Continue reading Education as it relates to the Environment

One person’s trash is another person’s fuel

You may remember reading a post on “The Green Scene at Furman” a few weeks ago about the Oil and Water Project, a journey in which two young men traveled from Alaska to Argentina using biodiesel exclusively. Throughout their trip, Seth Warren and Tyler Bradt used just about any kind of grease they could rack up in order to fuel their retrofitted Japanese fire truck, … Continue reading One person’s trash is another person’s fuel

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