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

STARS v2.2

Furman University
IN-20: Grounds Certification

Status Score Responsible Party
0.50 / 0.50 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution own and/or manage land that is currently certified under the following programs? (at least one positive response required):
Yes or No
ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Yes
Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP) ---
Bee Campus USA ---
Demeter Biodynamic ---
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Forest Management standard ---
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List Standard ---
National Wildlife Federation’s Certified Wildlife Habitat Program ---
An Organic standard or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) endorsed by IFOAM ---
Salmon-Safe ---
Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) ---
Tree Campus USA (Arbor Day Foundation) Yes
An equivalent program approved by AASHE ---

A brief description of the institution’s third party certified land holdings:

Furman University was again honored with the 2020 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. Furman University achieved the title by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, managing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, observing Arbor Day, and offering a student service-learning project.

https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/campuses.cfm

The George G. Willis Jr. Arboretum seeks to educate students on Furman’s campus, as well as the nearby communities of Greenville and Travelers Rest, about tree diversity, identification, conservation, care, and value. It ultimately strives to be a model for other arboretums in the Southeast and across the nation. The focus on native species makes the George G. Willis Jr. Arboretum representational of arboriculture in upstate South Carolina, and it will provide learning and research opportunities regarding the region’s arboriculture.

http://www.arbnet.org/morton-register/george-g-willis-jr-arboretum


Documentation affirming the certification(s):
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Website URL where information affirming the certification(s) is available:
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