Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 77.02
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date June 22, 2021

STARS v2.2

Furman University
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

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 a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts?:

Website URL for the central sustainability website:
Does the institution have a sustainability newsletter or social media platform that focuses specifically on campus sustainability?:

A brief description of the sustainability newsletter or social media platform:

The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities releases a monthly student newsletter to the Furman campus community that have signed up to receive the newsletter email. This newsletter provides information about events related to sustainability at Furman, in the Greenville Community, and around the world.

Does the institution have signage that highlights sustainability features on campus?:

A brief description of the signage that highlights sustainability features on campus:

Building signage is utilized in LEED buildings to highlight specific green building features on campus. A central sign is posted in one of the LEED buildings (Hipp Hall) to explain the rating system of LEED and how these features are sustainable. Additionally, smaller signs are placed around the building to highlight specific features. For example, these signs are located near the bike racks to highlight alternative methods of transportation and near the water fountains to feature water use reduction.

Several sign installations around Furman Lake highlight sustainability features such as the lake restoration efforts that began in 2009 by replanting a native riparian buffer.

Furman's campus is also a designated arboretum and many of our trees are labeled for educational purposes.

Does the institution provide a sustainability walking map or tour?:

A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Created by a GIS student, this online version of our campus sustainability features includes 22 stops with descriptions, photos, and links to additional information.


The Admissions campus map also highlights (in green) sustainability features across the campus.

Does the institution produce a guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience?:

A brief description of the guide for green living and/or incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

Every year, the Green Guide is updated with current information and distributed electronically to all students, focusing on incoming students.

A brief description of other comprehensive sustainability outreach materials and publications not covered above:

The Paladin (campus newspaper) added a Diversity Matters section to the paper this year - https://www.thepaladin.news/diversity-matters

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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