Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Furman University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
Yes or No
A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed Yes
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A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation No
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians Yes
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat No
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Furman's sustainability website shares information about the university's sustainability efforts in areas such as academics and curriculum, student engagement, and implementation of the sustainability master plan. It also provides resources on sustainability for the Furman community.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Shi Center of Sustainability releases a newsletter to the furman community and public community that have signed up to receive the newsletter email.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University hosts a Facebook page that provides information about sustainable initiatives both on and off campus. The page also promotes a more sustainable lifestyle by encouraging viewers to participate in activities such as eating locally and biking on the local Swamp Rabbit Trail.


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

Furman Engaged celebrates the wide variety of undergraduate research, scholarship and creativity of our undergraduates.This annual event brings our campus community and visitors together for a day of presentations, posters and performances across Furman's campus. Our students present topics from a range of disciplines, from research in the sciences and humanities to creative works in the fine arts Topics include research in sustainability.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

Building signage is utilized specifically in LEED buildings to highlight specific green building features on campus. A central sign is posted in one of the LEED buildings to explain the rating system of LEED and how these features are sustainable. Additionally, smaller signs are placed around the building to highlight specific features. For example, these signs are located near the bike racks to highlight alternative methods of transportation and near the water fountains to feature water use reduction.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

The Dinning Hall displays signs and brochures to highlight sustainable initiatives such as utilizing local and sustainable products when available and composting 100% of post-consumer waste at the Furman Farm. Additionally, the Dining Hall provides two theme meals per year focused on sustainably sourced foods (Local and Organic Meal Day); these two meals are an occasion to provide additional signage and information about the food offered by the Dining Hall, as well as an opportunity to provide the most locally or organically sourced food possible.


The website URL for food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:
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A brief description of signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:

Furman's Planning and Grounds Department, in collaboration with faculty members, students, and the Shi Center for Sustainability, has been heavily engaged in a restoration project for Furman Lake, the 30 acre manmade lake at the center of campus. As part of the restoration project, signs are posted to share information about the no-mow areas, native plantings, and rain gardens that have been implemented around the lake area. The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation provided three signs, in cooperation with Upstate Forever (a local non-profit) and Furman University. Brochures are also available to provide additional information and direct visitors and community members to the lake restoration project website.


The website URL for signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies:
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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Furman's admissions office distributes a flyer that marks all of Furman's sustainability initiatives. The color and numbers correspond with locations on the Furman campus map that is also distributed to visitors.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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The website URL for the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:
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A brief description of the navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians:

The University Police Department provides brochures about bicycle tips to help ensure the safety of cyclists. These tips include advice on how to lock the bike, utilize hand signals, and wear proper safety equipment.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Shi Center created a Student Guide to Sustatinability at Furman.
Furman's Green Guide for students provides information on how students can live and act more sustainably on campus; information on getting engaged in sustainability-oriented co-curricular activities on campus; information on curricular options for sustainability; and information on engaging in the Greenville community with sustainability and the environment. The Green Guide was developed by students, to meet the needs of the student community at Furman.The guide includes recommendations on how to conserve energy and what can be recycled.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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The website URL for regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:
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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

The Green Scene at Furman is a blog maintained by the Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Fellow. The blog is updated regularly with Furman sustainability news, information about Furman and community events, summaries of student research and work experience, and other material written by the Fellows. This blog is targeted to the student population to help engage and inform fellow students.


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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (2nd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (3rd material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (4th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (5th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (6th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (7th material):
No

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Does the institution produce another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above? (8th material):
No

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