AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus

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Webinar Date:
February 22, 2017, 3:00-4:00PM ET

Description: This webinar will tell the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was developed to help Furman meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2026 while making positive changes close to home. The CCC provides free home weatherization to low-income homeowners in the greater Greenville community. Through partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, the CCC reduces energy consumption and promotes the financial stability of homeowners through weatherization, energy conservation, and education. Program participants save an average of 25% on their monthly utility costs, freeing up funds to support other areas of need for their families. To date, the program has weatherized more than 100 homes in Greenville and has generated more than 100 mTCO2e emissions reduction which the university applies as an offset in its annual greenhouse gas reporting.

Presenters:
Weston Dripps and Kelly Grant Purvis, Furman University, (Winners of 2016 Campus Sustainability Achievement Award).

Weston Dripps is the Executive Director of the Shi Center for Sustainability and an Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman dripps.jpg University in Greenville, South Carolina. He has taught a wide variety of undergraduate introductory and upper level courses in Environmental Science, Sustainability Science, and Water Resources. He has been heavily involved in the university’s sustainability initiatives and has done extensive research with undergraduates in the earth sciences and sustainability science programs. His recent sustainability research has focused on campus waste streams, local food systems, and student sustainability behaviors.

Kelly Grant Purvis is the Associate Director of Sustainability Programs for the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. purvis_0.jpg 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.