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Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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Furman University
EN-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at students within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign directed at employees within the previous three years that has yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability?:
Yes

The name of the campaign (1st campaign):
Water Walk

A brief description of the campaign (1st campaign):

The Water Walk aims to engage the campus community in addressing the challenges of an increasingly globalized world. To this end, Furman will raise $100,000 to help build a domestic water system for two villages in Guatemala, which will greatly increase their quality of life. This program is hosted yearly. Furman students, faculty, staff and local residents are donate to walk around Furman's iconic lake with two gallons of water. The Water Walk is a mass simulation of the mile-long-trek that millions throughout the developing world experience in their quest for drinkable water.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (1st campaign):

So far, the Duke Endowment, Furman students, alums, local residents and friends have raised more than $35,000. This money will go towards building a potable water system in Guatemala.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (1st campaign):
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The name of the campaign (2nd campaign):
April Commuter Challenge

A brief description of the campaign (2nd campaign):

This program challenges faculty to replace one driving commute with a biking commute each week during the month of April. Participants log their biking activity in a community spreadsheet, which creates a peer group dynamic to increase motivation and encourage a healthier lifestyle.


A brief description of the measured positive impact(s) of the campaign (2nd campaign):

There are huge positive impacts of biking regularly. For every mile pedaled versus driven, one pound of greenhouse gas-producing CO2 is blocked from our atmosphere, according to the Bikes Belong advocacy group. Also, biking three hours per week reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent. During this challenge in 2013, 37.3 gallons of gas and $123.23 was saved. Also, the group burned a total of 42,104 calories.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of other outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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