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

Furman University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):
Southeast Sustainability Network

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):
AASHE presentations:
Promoting Community Engagement through Student Fellowship Programs – this presentation used the Shi Center’s Fellowship program as a case study for ways to engage in positive community/student projects. The presentation used examples to demonstrate the impacts of students' career paths and how these opportunities promote strong town-gown relationships between our university and our community.

Charting a Path to Zero Waste at a Liberal Arts University: A Student-Led Model – This case study looked at the use of undergraduate students in the visioning, data collection, development, and writing of a university zero waste management plan.

AASHE Posters:
Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships - This poster told the story of how Furman University leveraged longstanding community partnerships with two local organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape.

Furman University’s Energy Efficiency Eco-Philanthropy Project – During the 2015-2016 academic year, the Environmental Community of Students (ECOS), a first-year engaged living program, received an $80,000 donation from a local donor to work with three local nonprofit organizations, a church, a soup kitchen and a homeless shelter, to help them improve their energy efficiency through renewable energy systems and system upgrades.

A Public Engagement Process to Create a Community Based Vision and Open Space Plan - During a three-week public engagement process, a team of faculty and students facilitated community-based public participation to create a vision and open space plan for a 27-acre vacant lot in a low-income neighborhood. This poster presented on both the process and the outcome.

Smart and Sustainable Presentations:
In this workshop a campus metabolism framework will be presented using Furman University as a case study, and then participants will work to map the inflows, transformations, and material outflows of various key campus resources (water, energy, food, and materials) and identify the key stakeholders within each system for their own university.

Furman University’s Shi Center for Sustainability hosts a Student Sustainability Fellows program that supports undergraduate students in sustainability research and internships on campus and in the surrounding community. The program is predicated on a strong cohort model with structured programming, training, and skills development around personal and professional growth and leadership that complements the sustainability internship/research experience. This session will describe the evolution and development of this student fellows program and share some best practices learned along the way.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):
Weston Dripps, Executive Director, David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, is on the AASHE Advisory Council.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:
Furman is a designated AASHE Hub and runs a summer workshop for other institutions to share best practices around integrating sustainability in the curriculum.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:
As a part of the Southeastern Sustainability Network, regional institutions participate in monthly calls and maintain a Google site for resource sharing.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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