Students outside the Shi Center working with a professor

The Learning Experience

Greenbelt Community residents are required to enroll in a one-credit course each semester they live in the community. Learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while becoming a change agent for sustainability on Furman’s campus and in your community. All classes are taught by faculty and staff of the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.

Some classes take place in the beautiful outdoor classroom located directly behind the cabin next to the Furman Farm.

Greenbelt Outdoor Classroom

Fall Course

Sustainability Science 200: Sustainability Living and Leadership

SUS 200 will introduce you and your fellow residents to the multiple facets of sustainability, encourage you to experiment and live a more sustainable lifestyle, and provide you with leadership training for promoting campus and community sustainability.

Spring Course

Sustainability Science 201: Making Change Happen

SUS 201 is designed to help you and your fellow residents develop and implement sustainability projects on campus.

Faculty Mentor

Wes Dripps

Dr. Dripps is a professor of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences and Executive Director of the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities.  He has been a long supporter and sponsor of Engaged Living programs. A 2007-2008 and 2014-2015 winner of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Teaching and Meritorious Advising Awards respectively, Dr. Dripps currently serves as the faculty mentor for the Greenbelt Community and teaches Sustainability Science 200: Sustainability Leadership and Sustainability Science 201: Making Change Happen.

 

Dr. Dripps previously served as faculty for the Environmental Community of Students (ECOS) from 2008-2015, teaching a first-year seminar on Sustainability of Natural Resource and Earth and Environmental Science 112: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science. He also served as a faculty co-sponsor for the China and the Environment program for 2016-2017.

 

His recent sustainability research has focused on campus waste streams, local food systems, and student sustainability behaviors.

Staff Mentor

Hannah Dailey

Ms. Dailey is the program coordinator for the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities. She serves as a mentor for the Greenbelt Community and teaches Sustainability Science 200: Sustainability Leadership and Sustainability Science 201: Making Change Happen. She is dedicated to sustainability awareness, education, and advocacy.