Environmental Community of Students (ECOS), allows you to learn about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle while becoming a leader for sustainability on Furman's campus and in your local community. You will have the opportunity to learn about a wide range of global and environmental topics while meeting with local sustainability leaders in the Greenville community.

ECOS is a year-long academic program  that will provide you with the opportunity to fulfill two graduation requirements:

  • During the Fall 2014 semester, you will take Earth and Environmental Science 112: An Introduction to Environmental Science (which fulfills the "Empirical Study of the Natural World with lab and/or Humans and the Natural Environment" GER credit) where you will discover the scientific consequences of the impact humans have on the natural Earth system, including natural hazards, resource depletion, and waste disposal and pollution.

  • During the Spring 2015 semester, you will take FYS 1126: Sustainability of Natural Resources (which fulfills the first-year seminar graduation requirement) where you will use a scientific approach to addressing the issue of the sustainability of industrial, agricultural, and natural systems while covering a wide range of global environmental topics.

ECOS offers you an in-depth look at how to determine the rate and extent of human transformation of the Earth while discovering how to address this topic on a local scale. You will meet local sustainability leaders in the Greenville community and learn firsthand how to confront important issues such as population, climate change, and landscape transformation.

Engaging Sustainability Beyond the Classroom

ECOS will offer you the opportunity to engage sustainability issues and problems in the local Greenville Community. You will visit local sustainability landmarks such as Happy Cow Creamery and Earth Haven Ecovillage, talk with Greenville's sustainability leaders, get your hands "dirty" by participating in activities such as a campus waste audit, or spend an afternoon helping with harvests in the Furman Organic Garden at the Shi Center for Sustainability.

"ECOS and specifically the classes that are involved in the program have become an essential part of my life. How can you be a part of this planet if you don't understand the impacts you make on it every single day? ECOS made me aware of my environmental impacts so fully that it is safe to say I will be an environmentalist for life."

Joy Owens ~ Engaged Living Alumnus

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