Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities

Launched in 2020, the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is a regionally focused institute promoting sustainable human flourishing through education, research, and leadership. The institute builds on over a decade of proven success and national renown of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability and connects campus and community around developing sustainable communities.

Residing in a net-zero, LEED-certified, sustainable showcase home, next to an organic farm in the heart of Furman’s campus, the Shi Institute brings together environmental scientists and economists, urban planners and policy experts, students, faculty, and community members, and sustainability visionaries and elected officials to collaboratively pursue and promote sustainable communities.

Sustainability at Furman

Sustainability at Furman

Sustainability is part of our identity and has been a core university value and a strategic priority for decades.

About Us

About Us

The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities connects campus and community around promoting sustainable human flourishing through education, research, and leadership.

Programs and Services

Programs and Services

The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is a regional hub for sustainability education, research, and leadership. We have developed a wide array of sustainability programs to serve the local and regional sustainability ecosystem.

Meet our Staff

Meet our Staff

We are here to promote and support campus and community sustainability efforts. Have a question?

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Students Cultivating Change: Leading the Way in Campus Sustainability

Stella Frisbie ’25 and Molly McCutcheon ’24 are all about positive change through peer to peer sustainability education! We sat down with Stella and Molly to talk to them about their work on Furman’s campus...

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“Intersection: Man and Nature” on display through July 19

Join us at the Shi Institute to see our newest collection of art by our talented friends at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)! This collection of paintings and mixed media is the second in a...

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Album: Furman Farm Day April 27

  We were excited to host Furman Farm Day on Saturday, April 27, as part of our Earth Day celebration at the Shi Institute. Our favorite farm manager Bruce Adams taught us a bit about...

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Your gift to The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities supports critical work in the areas of climate resilience and biodiversity protection and is invaluable to efforts geared toward advancing sustainability on campus and in our communities.

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