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The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities

Launched in 2020, the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is a regionally focused institute promoting human flourishing and sustainability 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, abutted by 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.

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Sustainability at Furman

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

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About Us

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

Vision and Mission
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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.

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Meet our Staff

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

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