Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.25
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Furman University
IN-2: Innovation 2

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Furman Engaged Living Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Environmental Community of Students program is designed to foster and develop student knowledge and passion for sustainability and environmental consciousness at the global and local scale. This intentional residential community for first year students focuses on understanding the science behind global environmental challenges while allowing students a chance to explore and experience environmental sustainability issues and efforts on campus, in the Greenville community, and within their own personal lifestyles. Participants are encouraged to embrace sustainable living practices and become involved with campus and community sustainability groups and initiatives.

Participants live with other students in the Engaged Living program, and study global and environmental topics while meeting with local sustainability leaders in the Greenville community. They are enrolled as a cohort in one common course each semester (Fall: Earth and Environmental Science 112: An Introduction to Environmental Science, Spring: FYS 1126: Sustainability of Natural Resources) and have opportunities to socialize with classmates over meals hosted by Engaged Living faculty, and to celebrate successful completion of the first year at Furman during an awards ceremony.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum Yes
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Campus Engagement Yes
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Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

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