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

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

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

RecycleMania: The Results Are In!!!

As some of you might know, for the past 8-weeks I have been working as Furman’s RecycleMania coordinator for the RecycleMania competition. It is a recycling competition amongst universities all over the country to encourage better recycling and waste habits amongst students and reward universities who are striving to improve their campus’ ecological footprint. Last week the results of the competition were published, and I … Continue reading RecycleMania: The Results Are In!!!

SEEK – April 13, 2012

On Friday, April 13, Sofi Delgado-Perusquia ’12 and I launched the SEEK program at Armstrong Elementary.  It was a major success! The afternoon was full of crafts, races, books, poems, coloring, and bingo that all centered around the day’s topic: recycling and reusing.  The enthusiasm, creativity, and good manners displayed by the students made for a very rewarding experience!  Our hope is that each child … Continue reading SEEK – April 13, 2012

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!

My Swamp Rabbit Tale

Prompted by the beautiful 70 degree weather in mid-February, I recently set out on my first bike ride on the Greenville Hospital System Swamp Rabbit Tram Trail.  Swamp Rabbit is a 17.5 mile walking/biking trail that runs from Travelers Rest to downtown Greenville, and part of the trail happens to run alongside Furman’s campus.  My ride took me from campus to the northern end of … Continue reading My Swamp Rabbit Tale

Don’t shop, Swap!

I was perusing my January/February edition of the Environmental Magazine a few weeks ago and noticed an interesting article entitled, “Swap ‘Til You Drop.” It was about the trending interest in ‘swapping.’ I am myself a yard sale aficionado, and dabble in second hand/antique shops from time to time, so this idea of swapping was super interesting to me. Rather than selling your unwanted items … Continue reading Don’t shop, Swap!

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

Power in Pond Scum

The thick film found on top of lakes and rivers, also known as pond scum or green slime is actually a very powerful organism, algae. Algae is something many people find gross, or a problem in pools and fish tanks, but the slimy substance holds a vital role in our ecosystems, can serve as a nutritional supplement, and even has the power to run our … Continue reading Power in Pond Scum