Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.25
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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Furman University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee, office, and/or officer that focuses on sustainability broadly and covers the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the committee(s), office(s), and/or officer(s) during the previous three years:

Furman maintains the (SPC) Sustainability Planning Council to focus on sustainabilty efforts on campus.
- Reviewed and provided feedback on the most recent sustainability assessment reports
- 4 working groups within the council for the fiscal year:
--Energy Dashboard group- investigated the best practices, technologies, and educational impacts of energy dashboards, resulting in endorsement of the existing approach.
--White Paper Working Group- Developed university sustainability materials to present to incoming university president and familiarize her with Furman's history and efforts in the field.
--Zero Waste Working Group- Examined Furman's existing waste management practices and strategies, and began recommendations for a comprehensive waste management plan.
-- Renewable Energy Working Group- Explored opportunities for expansion of renewable energy on campus in light of the then prending state legislation.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Planning Council (SPC), established as the Sustainability Planning Group in 2005 and expanded to the Sustainability Planning Council in 2008, is tasked with monitoring the university's sustainability efforts and implementing university-wide initiatives related to sustainability. The SPC plays a key advisory role in setting priorities for the university's sustainability efforts. Additionally, the SPC led the completion of the university's sustainability master plan. Currently, the SPC Core committee has 20 members (faculty, staff, students, and administrators); the entire SPC has 124 members.

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role (e.g. staff, student, or faculty):

Yancey Fouche Dashboard staff
Mike Gifford Dashboard staff
Kris Hajny Dashboard student
Matt Riddle Dashboard staff
Jimmy Looper Dashboard staff
Wade Worthen Dashboard faculty
Greg Lewis Renewable faculty
Frank Powell Renewable faculty emeritus
Bill Ranson Renewable faculty
Jeff Redderson Renewable staff
Judy Romano Renewable staff
Gary Clark White Paper staff
Chandra Dillard White Paper staff
Michael Rabb White Paper student
Liz Seman White Paper staff
Admissions rep White Paper
Jeanine Stratton White Paper faculty
Bruce Adams Zero Waste staff
Wes Dripps Zero Waste faculty
Michelle Horhota Zero Waste faculty
Kelly Grant Purvis Zero Waste staff
Phil Lewis Zero Waste staff
Becky Vuksta Zero Waste staff
Steve Nelson student

Angela Halfacre staff

The website URL where information about the sustainability committee(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent (FTE) employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:

At the Shi Center for Sustainability, they are more than a thought leader in higher education. Sure, they are constantly seeking ways to infuse sustainability into Furman's curriculum and operations. But as global citizens with a vested interest in leading their society toward a more sustainable future, their programs and ideas extend beyond Furman's campus to make a significant impact.

Their resolute focus—teaching the ethics of sustainability and graduating global citizens who act sustainably in their professional and personal lives—is at the core of all their activities. They provide a hub where educators, students and community leaders can work together, exploring the most complex issues of sustainability. By bringing these minds together, they have the ability to partner on campus and community projects to generate solutions that can be modeled across the globe.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

The website URL where information about the sustainability office(s) is available:

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Angela Halfacre, Director; Yancey Fouché, Associate Director; Kelly Grant Purvis, Program Coordinator; Cassie Klatka, Administrative Coordinator; Courtney Quinn, Research Fellow and Program Manager; Rebecca McDaniel, CCC Program Coordinator

A brief description of each sustainability officer position:

Director and Professor of Political
Science and Sustainability Science
Responsible for the vision of the Center; 50% teaching and research; community/national liaison.

Associate Director
Day-to-day management of the Center, campus liaison, and campus sustainability assessment. Overseas implementation of the Shi Center Community Conservation Corps.

Program Coordinator
Implements Shi Center programs including the Faculty Affiliate Program and Student Fellows Program.

Administrative Coordinator
Office and cottage manager; administrative support, one day per week.

Community Conservation Corps Program Coordinator
Coordinates CCC efforts, the home weatherization program for lower income housing in the surrounding area.

The website URL where information about the sustainability officer(s) is available:

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