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Furman’s Year-long Exploration of Climate Change

During the 2017-2018 academic year, The Riley Institute, The Shi Center for Sustainability, and the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health are partnering to initiate Furman’s year-long exploration of climate change: “Climate Change is Real: Now What?” The science is clear: climate change is real and it affects us all greatly. It impacts people’s health and livelihoods, cities and homes, ecological systems and even our nation’s security. What can we do?


  • National Conference, November 8 and 9

      Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center

      November 8, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm
      Featuring Charles Bolden, former astronaut and head of NASA

      November 9, 2017 from 7-8:30 pm
      Featuring Sherri Goodman, former deputy undersecretary of defense, and senior advisor, The Center for Climate and Security

      Featuring Bob Inglis, former U.S. Congressman and founder of

      This two-day national conference (CLP Accredited) also includes mayors, a climate scientist, a conservationist, a journalist, and a Navy admiral (invited).
      Please visit the Riley Institute website for more information.

  • Faculty Climate Change Panel, January 17

      The Faculty Climate Change Panel (CLP Pending) will include: Brannon Andersen (Earth & Environmental Sciences), Elizabeth Holt (Health Science), and David Fleming (Politics & International Affairs).
      January 17, 2018 from 7-8:30 pm
      Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center

  • Ted X Furman- The Human Dimension, February 17

      Numerous speakers will present on the topics of “Climate Change” and “Human Impacts to the Earth”
      February 17, 2018
      McAlister Auditorium

  • FILM: How to Let Go of the World, February 21

      How to Let Go of the World (CLP)- Part 4 of the Climate Change Film Series
      February 21, 2018 from 7-9 pm
      Burgiss Theater, Trone Student Center

  • Alumni Climate Change Panel, March 14
  • Visiting Speaker: Jeffrey Ball, March 28

      Jeffrey Ball, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, is the former environment editor and reporter for the Wall Street Journal. Ball's writing also appeared in the Atlantic, Fortune, New Republic, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, and Slate.
      March 28, 2018 from 7-8:00 pm
      Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center

  • Previous Events

      Before the Flood- Part 1 of the Climate Change Film Series

      The first film of the series was "Before the Flood," a nationally acclaimed and award winning documentary produced by National Geographic, staring Leonardo DiCaprio. The film highlights the science of climate change and its current impacts around the world. Viewers are taken on a visual climate change tour of the world's changing landscape and its impacts to those who live there.

      The Age of Consequences- Part 2 of the Climate Change Film Series

      ​The second film of the series was "The Age of Consequences," a documentary by Jared P. Scott. T​he film looks at global climate change impacts through a more social lens focusing on the role of climate change with regards to resource scarcity, political instability, and human population migration. The film discusses solutions and ways of mitigating the impacts of climate related stresses on human societies worldwide.

      Time to Choose- Part 3 of the Climate Change Film Series

      The third film of the series “Time to Choose” is a documentary by Charles Ferguson that looks at the impacts global energy and resource usage have had on the environment and humanity. The film discusses the impacts of fossil fuel use and explores options to alter these choices for more sustainable energy options. This film was chosen as the third in our four part series as it focuses on ways in which current technologies can help us reduce the impacts of climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

      Faculty Affiliate Gathering

      About 25 staff and faculty gathered at the Shi Center for Sustainability for an afternoon workshop on teaching climate change across the curriculum. Various strategies for presenting and engaging students around the science, the impacts, and the solutions for climate change were shared and discussed.


​​​For more information contact Madison Ritter by phone at 864.294.3090 or by email at​​


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