Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Furman University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution have one or more active student groups focused on sustainability?:
Yes

A brief description of active student groups focused on sustainability:

EAG (Environmental Action Group) aims to educate the campus about how to live an eco-friendly life while completing service projects and activities that support this philosophy through the governance of students. EAG plans annual events for Earth Week such as a bottled water vs. tap water taste test, wildlife education, and Furman Farm fest.

The Bartram Society is a student-led group that brings together individuals who share an interest in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Sustainability Science. It also promotes the enjoyment and conservation of the Earth and its precious resources.

The University Innovation Fellows (UIF) program empowers students to become agents of change at their schools. Fellows work to ensure that their peers gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to compete in the economy of the future and make a positive impact on the world.


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Does the institution have gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Furman has a forth acre garden where a wide variety of produce is grown throughout the year using sustainable agricultural practices such as crop rotations, composting, drip lines, natural fertilizers, and integrated pest management.


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Does the institution have student-run enterprises that include sustainability as part of their mission statements or stated purposes (e.g. cafés through which students gain sustainable business skills)?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The Furman Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program allows for students and community members to receive freshly picked produce each week for a monthly fee. The student Farm Manager and student volunteers help run this program.

Paladins on Bikes Program is a semester-long bike rental program open to all students to encourage the use of sustainable transportation on campus.


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Does the institution have sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

The University maintains a green fund for financing student-proposed sustainability initiatives on campus.


The website URL where information about the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives is available (optional):
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Does the institution have conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia or similar events related to sustainability:

The Shi Center for Sustainability hosts various speakers each year which brings in speakers covering wide-range and holistically-conceived sustainability topics. Some events are co-hosted with other departments and organizations; most speakers engage with relevant classes and small groups in addition to their keynote address, which is open and promoted to the campus and to the public.

The Greenville Zoo and Furman faculty coordinate to plan and promote a series of public lectures on conservation topics, hosted on campus.

Tea and Conversations is an opportunity to meet with and have meaningful conversations with sustainability practitioners, pre-reading, and questions.


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Does the institution have cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability that have students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations or performances related to sustainability:

In Spring 2016, the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, with the assistance of Furman facilities and the Philmont Scout Ranch, created an art piece to bring awareness about the use of plastic water bottles. This piece featured a backdrop of the Blue Ridge mountains and had caps from plastic water bottles at the forefront. This art piece was placed above a water bottle refill station to remind people of the pollution created from using plastic bottles and the importance of using reusable bottles.

There is a rotating student art exhibit in the Shi Center for Sustainability that focuses on a sustainability topic. Examples of exhibits include air quality in China and local advocates and activists in our community.


The website URL where information about the cultural arts events, installations or performances is available (optional):
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Does the institution have wilderness or outdoors programs (e.g. that organize hiking, backpacking, kayaking, or other outings for students) that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
Yes

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

Furman University Outdoor Club (FUOC) is a student-governed organization that helps people learn, enjoy, and maintain the outdoors through activities such as backpacking, kayaking, and rock climbing.


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Does the institution have sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences (e.g. choosing a sustainability-related book for common reading)?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-related themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

During the 2016-17 academic year, the theme was Sustainable Food Systems and included a series of CLP events, outreach, and research projects centered around food production or consumption.

During the 2017-18 academic year, the theme is Climate Change. The Riley Institute, the Shi Center for Sustainability, and the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health partnered together to host a national conference, convene a faculty panel, and bring speakers to campus.


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Does the institution have programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The Greenbelt Community is a residential learning and living community that provides eco-friendly housing for students interested in reducing their environmental footprint and leading others to a more sustainable feature. This one-year program is designed to cultivate emerging student leaders who are interested in exploring and living a sustainable lifestyle. Students live in one of four eco-friendly cabins, take a one-credit seminar each semester to discuss sustainable living, and explore their passions by practicing sustainability in a close-knit community. Students are also inspired to develop and implement environmentally-friendly initiatives that will improve our community for future generations.


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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

The Shi Center for Sustainability employs student sustainability fellowships both during the summer and academic year. All fellows work with the Shi Center staff, and affiliate faculty as appropriate, to advance sustainability on campus and in the community, and to conduct applied research related to sustainability. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply. A few examples of these jobs include Sustainability Outreach and Engagement Fellow, Student Assistant Farm Manager, Alternative Transportation Fellow, and Greenville County Parks and Recreation Fellow.


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Does the institution have graduation pledges through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledges:
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The website URL where information about the graduation pledges is available (optional):
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Does the institution have other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives?:
No

A brief description of the other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives:
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Estimated percentage of students (full-time and part-time) that participate annually in sustainability-focused co-curricular education and outreach programs (0-100):
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