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-14: Participation in Public Policy

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 advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the municipal/local level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the municipal/local level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Furman representatives regularly participate in public hearings, information sessions, and comment opportunities in support of Greenlink, Greenville's public bus system. Greenlink maintains a bus stop on Furman's campus and several Furman employees utilize the service.

Additionally, a team of Furman Faculty and students joined with the community partner, United Way, to conduct a Focused Needs and Assets Assessment for the local community. The assessment categories were: natural capital, human capital, manufactured capital, social capital, and financial stability. Results were shared with local municipal leaders.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the state/provincial/regional level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Faculty members from the Earth and Environmental Science and Biology Departments work with the Union of Concerned Scientists to advocate for policies that will help disadvantaged communities determine water quality issues associated with flooding that can contaminate wells.


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the national level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the national level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Furman President, Elizabeth Davis, supported sustainability efforts by signing letters supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Additionally, Furman faculty members Melinda Menzer and Akan Malici organized a rally on campus in support of DACA.

https://news.furman.edu/2017/09/01/message-from-president-elizabeth-davis-on-daca/


Does the institution advocate for public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability at the international level?:
Yes

A brief description of how the institution engages in public policy advocacy for sustainability at the international level, including the issues, legislation, and ordinances for or against which the institution has advocated:

Furman President, Elizabeth Davis, supported sustainability efforts by signing the We Are Still In letter supporting the Paris Climate Agreement.

http://secondnature.org/grand-coalition-statement-paris-agreement/


A brief description of other political positions the institution has taken during the previous three years (if applicable):
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A brief description of political donations the institution made during the previous three years (if applicable):
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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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