Achieving sustainability is the defining idea of our era; the consequences of not achieving sustainability are certainly catastrophic. Education is perhaps the most viable pathway to sustainability as it shapes perceptions and values needed to pursue this path.
Our programs and practices reflect core strengths at Furman and have been at the cutting edge of sustainability in higher education since the founding of the original Shi Center for Sustainability and the creation of the bachelor of science degree in Sustainability Science.
The Shi Institute’s innovative educational programs provide sustainability knowledge, skills, and competencies; personally engage faculty, staff, students, and community members; and instill a sense of agency, efficacy, and hope for a more sustainable pathway forward. The future of sustainable societies requires this interdisciplinary, systems way of thinking.