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-5: Outreach Campaign

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Has the institution held at least one sustainability-related outreach campaign during the previous three years that was directed at students and yielded measurable, positive results in advancing sustainability? :
Yes

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

Name of the campaign:
Water Walk

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged:

The Water Walk aims to engage the campus community in addressing the challenges of an increasingly globalized world. Furman students, faculty, staff, and local residents donate to walk around Furman's 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:

As of 2015, Furman had raised $40,000 to help build a domestic water system for two villages in Guatemala, which has greatly increased their quality of life. Most recently in 2016, the Water Walk group sponsored with Water Mission and raised $939 towards water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions.


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

A brief description of the campaign, including how students and/or employees were engaged (2nd campaign):

This program challenges faculty and staff members to bike to work at least once per 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, more active lifestyle while being kind to the environment.


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 2017, seven faculty members committed to the challenge and logged 231 miles. They saved 7.83 gallons of gas and about $14.41. Also, the group burned a total of 6,930 calories.


The website URL where information about the campaign is available (2nd campaign):
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A brief description of other sustainability-related outreach campaigns, including measured positive impacts:
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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