Name: Frank Powell
Title: Sustainability Faculty Liason and Professor Emeritus of Health Sciences
I began my career at Furman in the Health Sciences Department, and for more than 30 years I've explored the idea that we should treat the Earth in the same sensitive ways that we treat ourselves, and vice-versa.
The Shi Center exists because Furman had the foresight to recognize that human life as we know it cannot exist in the next century without a rapid transition to a sustainable society. Education alone will not end global warming, but it will proivde answers to how our species will solve the problems we now face.
The majority of academic disciplines at Furman have embraced sustanability and made meaningful contributions to our curriculum and to the knowledge conveyed to students and the community. "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" is now taught within a sustainability systems model - environment, economy, society - rather than as simply a waste of natural resources approach. I like to say that at Furman sustainability is now "baked in" and no longer just "bolted on."