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Fall 2007:
Kill-a-Watt Kickoff!, Monday, October 29:
EAG kicked off the Second Annual Kill-a-Watt Challenge, an energy conservation competition among the residents of North Village. The kickoff was held in conjunction with University President David Shi's official signing of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. In addition, Reece Lyerly, an ECOS student and EAG member, and Angel Cruz, an ACS Environmental Fellow and EAG member, created a display about Furman students' energy use to accompany the event.

SCASCC Summit, October 27-28:
Two EAG members, Elizabeth Cooke and Anna Strick, attended the fall SCASCC summit at the University of South Carolina. SCASCC is the South Carolina Alliance for Sustainable Campuses and Communities. In addition to Furman and USC, other schools represented at the conference include Clemson University, the College of Charleston, Coastal Carolina University, and Winthrop University.



Cliffs Organic Farm Tour:
EAG members toured and volunteered at the Cliffs Organic Farm. The field trip helped members of EAG's gardens & conservation committee learn more about organic practices. This knowledge will be applied to Furman's own organic garden.



Public Lands Day, September 29:
EAG members joined with the local Sierra Club to do maintenance work at the Fernwood Nature Trail in Cleveland Park in honor of Public Lands Day.

Farm Tour, Saturday and Sunday, October 13-14:
EAG members volunteered at local farms as part of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Tour.

 

Rain Garden, September 14-15, 2007:
Members of EAG and the ECOS engaged living hall worked together to construct a rain garden along the North Village stream. It was funded by a grant awarded to Elizabeth Cooke through the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology Fellows program. University horticulturist Bruce Fox, Biology professor Wade Worthen, and EES professor Wes Dripps all contributed to the project. As a result of the success of this project, University President David Shi offered to fund additional student-created rain gardens. With these funds, the ECOS students built two rain gardens on Campus Sustainability Day (October 24, 2007). The gardens are all part of the university's Lake Restoration Project.
Spring 2007:
Furman Gets Trashed, 2007!: In coordination with the Environmental Sustainability Committee EAG members and other students sorted through a day’s worth of student trash to survey the amount of recyclable materials that were being discarded. We were surprised to discover that more than half of the waste could have been reused or recycled. Educational information and examples of products made from reused or recycled materials were also on display.

Step It Up: In April of 2007, EAG organized an environmental gathering as part of a nationwide campaign to tell Congress to “step it up” on global warming and to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. Over 100 members of the Furman and greater Greenville community attended the event, which included games, music, informational displays, door prizes, and a cookout. In addition, those in attendance signed postcards and wrote letters regarding climate change legislation to their members of Congress.

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Habitat for Humanity Earthcraft Build: EAG members spent one Saturday helping to build a local Habitat for Humanity home that followed the Earthcraft model for environmentally sustainable design practices.
 
Fall 2006:
Jeff Barrie: Jeff Barrie, a documentary film maker, came to present a screening of his newest film: Kilowatt Ours. This film highlights the effects of energy consumption in the Southeast and provides information on how individuals can reduce energy use. 
Tire Pressure Check: EAG participated in this event before Thanksgiving break in order to educate people about the importance of having properly inflated tires. Members checked tire pressure and filled tires a service to the community to improve fuel efficiency and to reduce carbon emissions.
Kill-a-Watt Challenge: In October, EAG launched the Kill-a-Watt Challenge in Furman’s North Village to encourage students to reduce energy consumption in campus housing. So far, students in North Village have saved over 100,000 kWh!
Winter 2006:
Sean Donahue: Sean Donahue a D.C.-based attorney who argued the victorious Environmental Defense vs. Duke Energy before the U.S. Supreme Court spoke about that case and other environmental court cases recently argued before the Supreme Court. Donahue highlighted the implications that these cases will have on the future of environmental policy in the United States.
Coal Dump: In conjunction with the national Climate Action Week, EAG sponsored a coal dump on the University Center porch to force students to confront their natural resource consumption. The 400 lb. pile of coal that we put on display represented amount of coal-produced energy that one Furman student consumes in a month.
 
Spring 2006:
Furman Gets Trashed: In coordination with the Environmental Sustainability Committee EAG members and other students sorted through a day’s worth of student trash to survey the amount of recyclable materials that were being discarded. We were surprised to discover that more than half of the waste could have been reused or recycled. Educational information and examples of products made from reused or recycled materials were also on display. 
Eco-Footprint: EAG set up a table in the University Center for students to check their eco-footprint, which is a calculation of the impact a person is having on the earth.
Retreat to Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest: EAG members visited Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest to bond (with nature and each other) and see North Carolina’s remaining old growth forest.
Environmental Power of Words: EAG teamed up with Furman’s library to host a reading of environmentally themed poetry and prose. Volunteers including students, professors and University staff read selections from their favorite environmental works of literature. 
Office M(axe) Campaign: EAG joined forces again with the Dogwood Alliance and many others throughout the Southeast to lobby Office Max with phone calls and letter writing to stop sourcing paper products made from old growth forest in the Southeast and to stop replacing dense and diverse forests with pine monocultures. 

Renewable Energy Campaign: EAG conducted a survey of Furman students in Spring 2006 to gauge campus-wide support for renewable energy. In Fall 2006, EAG proposed a resolution to institute a student fee for the purchase of renewable energy credits. These credits would offset current consumption from non-renewable sources by putting wind energy on the national grid. Although the resolution failed in a student referendum, EAG continues to seek ways to encourage greater use of renewable energy sources on campus and to improve energy efficiency in university buildings.

GOFO Table at Saturday Market: EAG members teamed up with the Greenville Organic Foods Organization to sell EAG’s organic plants at the downtown Greenville farmer’s market.
 
Fall 2005:
Dr. Harvard Ayers: Dr. Harvard Ayers, an anthropologist and founder of the non-profit organization Arctic Voices, delivered a slide-show presentation of his several trips to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to a crowd of nearly 100 students in the Watkins Room. Dr. Ayers also informed the crowd of ongoing efforts in the United States House and Senate to increase oil exploration in the wildlife refuge. 
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Campaign: After meeting Dr. Ayers, EAG joined the campaign to prevent increased drilling in the Arctic. The EAG organized mass post-card mailings, a hand-written letter writing party, and a phone bank generating hundreds of mailings and calls to the Congressman’s office. Since, Congressman Inglis, a key swing vote on this issue in the House, has confirmed that he does not intent to vote for increased drilling in the Arctic. 
Letter Writing Party regarding ANWR: In Fall 2005, EAG members wrote letters to Representative Bob Inglis, encouraging him to vote against proposed drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge.
 
Spring 2005:
Bowater Campaign: EAG teamed up with the Dogwood Alliance to encourage Bowater, a paper company headquartered in Greenville, to use more responsible sourcing practices and stop damaging Southeastern forests.

Biodiesel: Lu Yoder, a biodiesel guru, came to help us build a processor on campus! 

Learn MORE about biodiesel on Furman's campus.

Earth Month Music Festival: Musicians played music on instruments made from recycled/reused materials in the Amphitheater.
 

Fall 2004:

Storm Drain Marking: EAG members placed markers near storm drains in a neighboring community to warn citizens not to dump harmful substances into the drains.
Environmental Issues Debate: In honor of the 2004 Presidential Elections, EAG sponsored an environmental issues debate. Representatives from the College Republicans, College Democrats, and Libertarians presented their party’s views on a variety of current environmental issues.