Students interested in living in the Greenbelt Community are not expected to have previously embraced the concept of sustainability or have engaged in sustainable living practices. However, all residents selected to live in the Greenbelt are expected, at the very least, to embrace the mission of the community and aspire to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Residents should be students who are interested in learning more about what is meant by the concept of sustainability while gaining an understanding of their own impact upon the environment.
It is expected that students who live in the Greenbelt Community will become sustainability leaders on the Furman campus. Living in the community includes a mix of
academic, social, and campus and community service components focused
around sustainability. It is expected that residents will be active and will work together
to help develop and implement action plans for sustainability related
change on campus and in the Greenville area.
Students interested in living in the Greenbelt are strongly encouraged to have already taken or are planning to take a course(s) in either Earth and Environmental Science (EES)
or Sustainability Science (SUS)
. While it is not required for students to have already had one of these classes prior to living in the Greenbelt, these subjects provide good intellectual depth and understanding for the concept of sustainability as well as offer context for the living/learning experience.
All students who desire to live in the Greenbelt Community must agree to abide by the following basic expectations for living in a residential learning community committed to sustainability:
- They must agree to support the mission and goals of the community.
- They must agree to aspire to a lifestyle that embraces the concept of sustainability (i.e. learn more about sustainable living practices, attempt to reduce energy consumption, engage in composting, recycle).
- They must agree to be leaders and champions for sustainability on the Furman campus.
- They must agree to meet regularly to help foster and develop an intellectual and residential community.
- They must agree to attend Greenbelt Community sponsored events held throughout out the semester. The dates and times of events will be announced by the Greenbelt RA and faculty/staff.
Students should recognize that not adhering to these commitments could
potentially result in their dismissal from the community and relocation
to another area of campus housing.