SCC Webinar

Using Campus and Community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs

Tuesday, March 13 at 2PM Eastern

“Using Campus and Community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs

This webinar is the first in SCC’s series with AASHE showcasing
the work of their “Sustainability Across the Curriculum” regional centers.
Other AASHE regional centers will be featured each month.

Envision your campus and community as a sustainability pedagogical opportunity, a chance to infuse sustainability across your curriculum and provide applied, real world sustainability experiences for students. In collaboration with the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Furman University has run and will be offering again this summer an interactive idea-generating workshop for sharing and establishing best practices to utilize the campus and surrounding community as Sustainability Living Learning Labs. The workshop is aimed at faculty and sustainability staff who are currently using Sustainability Living Learning Labs on their campus or in their surrounding community and focuses on building a shared framework for developing, institutionalizing, expanding, and maintaining Sustainability Living Learning Lab programs both on campus and in the surrounding community. This webinar will share our experience from the workshop and the ideas gathered for supporting, enhancing, and refining campus and community Sustainability Living Learning Labs.

Weston Dripps is the Executive Director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University. The Shi Center is an interdisciplinary academic center fostering collaboration among faculty, students, and community leaders around real world sustainability challenges on campus, in the Greenville community, and nationally. At Furman, in addition to directing the center, Wes has taught a wide variety of undergraduate introductory and upper level courses in Earth Science, Environmental Science, Sustainability Science, and Water Resources. He has heavily been involved with the university’s sustainability efforts, including help write the University’s Sustainability Strategic Plan.

Kelly Grant Purvis is the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs at the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. She works with student fellows, faculty fellows and faculty affiliates, university staff and local community organizations to education and inform on a wide variety of issues related to sustainability. Kelly Grant received a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Ohio State University in 2001, giving her a foundation in art. Purvis spent the first decade of her professional career focused on sustainable architecture and green building working with local governments, non-profits and private companies. This experience created an interest not only in the elements of the built environment, but also in the ecological side of urban planning and developed landscapes. She pursued a Master’s degree at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC to focus on the relationship between the built environment and the natural elements within that landscape.

Laura Bain is the Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment at Furman University. She holds a BS in Biology from Furman University and a Masters in Environmental Management from Duke University. She spent nine years working at a regional land trust serving as Stewardship Specialist where she enjoyed getting to know landowners and exploring some of South Carolina’s most beautiful protected lands. In her current role in sustainability assessment at Furman, she enjoys working with students, faculty, and staff to implement creative solutions for meeting the university’s ambitious sustainability goals.

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