Name: Andy Wallin
Hometown: Simpsonville, S.C.
Major: Earth and environmental sciences
Expected Graduation: 2012
Andy Wallin spent his summer helping the city of Greenville draft a climate action plan thanks to a fellowship funded by the Arthur Vinings Davis Foundation. "My top priority was gathering data, analyzing it, collecting public input, and creating a draft of what the city is currently doing," he says.
Wallin worked closely with Brian Graham, the city's greenway and sustainability manager, and was pleased to see the number of initiatives Greenville has taken, including tracking water quality, greenspace, air quality, and installing an electric vehicle ecosystem. He also found room for improvement in areas such as recycling coordination, building codes, and tax incentives for greener building.
He says he came away with practical experience and knowledge that will help tremendously as he heads into the workforce. He was also able to help build the connection between the university and the community. "The city has so much respect for Furman students," he says, and the growing list of collaborations between the two "really beneifts everyone."