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

STARS v2.2

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 currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

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

Southeast Sustainability Network (SESN)

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

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE presentations:
1. Kelly Grant Purvis (Furman University), Lindsey Lyons (Dickinson College), Brian Campbell (Central College) “Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Best Practices Mini-Workshop”

2. Weston Dripps (Furman University), Brooke Hanson (University of South Florida), Raghu Raghavan (University of Missouri), Dan Sklarew (George Mason University) “Integration of the SDGs Across Curricular / Co-Curricular Programs: Shared Best Practices”

Together with SC DHEC, Wes Dripps presented a talk entitled “USDE Green Ribbon Schools in South Carolina” at the “Zoom into Environmental Education: SEEA/EEASC 2020 Virtual Conference”. Furman is the first and currently only higher education institution in South Carolina to receive a US Department of Education Green Ribbon School Designation.

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

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

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. This is the 13th year in a row we have received the designation.

Furman developed a student run bike shop that was submitted for an AASHE student sustainability award - "Up-cycling: Creating a Biking Campus Culture".

Furman submitted an application for a NACUBO sustainability award for its Weatherization Program (The Community Conservation Corps) "Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact through Home Weatherization"

Furman submitted an application for an international Green Gown award "Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact through Home Weatherization in Greenville, SC, USA"

2020 AASHE Sustainability Award Finalist for Published Research - Operations: Transportation Plan for Furman University by Lauren Prunkl, Duncan Jones, Marisa Goldsmith, Britt Douglass, Geoffrey Habron and Weston Dripps at Furman University

Has the institution had employees or students 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):

Kelly Grant Purvis and Weston Dripps sit 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 Center for Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum and runs a summer workshop for other institutions to share best practices around integrating sustainability in the curriculum.

As a part of the Southeastern Sustainability Network, Furman participates in monthly group calls and the group maintains cloud-based site for resource sharing. We frequently serve as mentors for each other where experience and skills allow.

Furman is part of a four university consortium supported by the Duke Endowment (Duke University, Davidson University, Johnson C Smith University, and Furman University). Through this consortium the sustainability directors of the four schools have collaborated and supported each other's sustainability efforts.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Weston Dripps conducted a three day in person external review of the University of Indiana South Bend's Sustainability program in 2020.

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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