~All twenty-four academic departments at Furman offer at least one course that
addresses a sustainability challenge. The principles of the Earth
Charter are used to identify course content that connects to
~738 of 1,088 (68%) undergraduate courses in the 2013-14 academic year include
content on sustainability principles.
~In the campus-wide Sustainability Perceptions survey, respondents associated
the term sustainability with “recycling,” “green,” and “environment.” 78%
believe that sustainability is important in how they live, and 59% are
interested in integrating sustainability in their careers.
~Nineteen out of the twenty-four academic departments engage in sustainability
~All students who attend summer orientation are provided the opportunity to
learn about campus sustainability programs and opportunities, including the
long-term student bike rental program, Paladins on Bikes.
~Furman offers a variety of co-curricular sustainability programs and
initiatives such as the Global Issues Forum, The Furman Farm Community
Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, Environmental Action Group (EAG), and a
Summer Scholars program for prospective high school students.
~Of the 372 continuing education courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute, 238 of them address sustainability.
~A total of 1,960 Furman students were engaged in community service and
contributed 42,064 community service hours in FY2014.
~The Shi Center for Sustainability student fellows programs provides funding,
placements, and mentoring for approximately 25 students each year in
sustainability research and service on campus and in the community.
~Building Energy Consumption: Furman earned high marks for its
reduction of energy consumption in buildings from baseline year 2007, and for
high energy efficiency of buildings compared to industry standards.
~Biodiversity: The university was recognized for its collaborative
efforts between grounds staff and faculty and student researchers in
maintaining the campus as a wildlife habitat, particularly its protection of
the endangered plant species, the Bunched Arrowhead.
~Transportation (Student Commute Modal Split): A recent survey revealed
that 88% of student trips from their residence to campus were made by walking,
biking, or other non-motorized means. Campus residence and parking
policies support an experience that encourages students to see how alternative
commuting might fit into their lives beyond Furman.
~Rainwater management: Furman earned full marks for its policies and
practices around rainwater management. Select Low Impact Development
practices on campus include rain gardens, rooftop rainwater harvesting,
below-ground stormwater sediment traps, and use of Swan Lake as a retention
pond and source of water for irrigation.
Planning and Administration
~Sustainability strongly considers human well-being and quality of life.
Some areas of success for Furman included support for underrepresented
groups; coordination of diversity and equity programs; assessing employee
satisfaction; and an employee wellness program.
~The university earned full credit for its sustainability planning efforts
which established goals for many areas of campus life. Sustainable
Furman, the university’s sustainability master plan, is available online.
~Furman earned points for two innovation credits, i.e. initiatives not
otherwise considered as best practices in the STARS framework. These
included accreditation of the campus as a Level I Arboretum through the Morton
Register of Arboreta, and the Engaged Living Environmental Community of
Students (ECOS) program that integrates a first-year residential experience
with sustainability-focused coursework.