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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Reel Adventure: Shi Institute hosts Fly Fishing MayX course

“Ever since I was very young, I have had a passion for freshwater and the organisms that live in it,” said Biology major Emily Baxter ’25. “I grew up on Lake Hartwell and have fished...

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A Lifetime of Lessons: Revered history professor and sustainability advocate retires after four decades at Furman

When Marian Strobel makes her annual trek to her family home in northern New York, she brings her luggage, and a trunkful of recyclables. Since glass recycling isn’t offered locally, she decided taking her load...

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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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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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