Mission Statement

Engaged Living’s Greenbelt Community is a residential learning community for sustainability minded students to come together to live, learn, and develop sustainability leadership skills while nurturing sustainable living and lifestyle choices among community residents.

The mission of Engaged Living is "To create and nurture a residential community that promotes student success, supports Furman's academic mission through contributions to borderless learning, and fosters intentional engagement among students, faculty and staff."

"Engaged learning," an institutional focus on opportunities for applied learning,  serves as the guiding philosophical foundation for the Engaged Living program and all community goals. This problem-solving, project-oriented and research-based educational philosophy encourages students to put into practice the theories and methods learned within the classroom and apply them to real-world settings.

Community Goals

  1. To establish a strong residential community that encourages residents to aspire to live a lifestyle that embraces the concept of sustainability.

  2. To provide intentionality to the living/learning experience by having community residents regularly come together to develop and implement action plans for sustainability related change on campus and in the Greenville community.

  3. To develop residents into sustainability leaders on campus who can role model sustainable living techniques for the rest of the Furman community.

  4. To assess students’ knowledge and perceptions regarding sustainability and how that may change over the course of living in this community.

  5. To support students’ intellectual and personal growth and development.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Residents will be able to articulate what is meant by the concept of sustainability.

  2. Residents will understand what their own impact is on the environment.

  3. Residents will learn how to live a more sustainable lifestyle and will understand various practices for living sustainably.

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