Student picking lettuce and kale


The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability connects campus and community through applied, interdisciplinary teaching and research.

We provide a hub where students, educators and community leaders work together, exploring complex themes at the nexus of human and environmental well-being. For us, it’s about leveraging the best of the liberal arts to solve sustainability challenges¬†– in Greenville and beyond.

An Animating Hub

Founded in 2008 and housed in a LEED-certified Southern Living Showcase Home, the mission of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability is to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in support of sustainability on campus and in the greater community. To this end, we serve as an animating hub where students, educators and community leaders work together, exploring real-world sustainability challenges and generating scalable solutions.

Explore our site to learn about the Shi Center’s key programs, partners, and research. Connect with us on social media.

Garden outside of Shi Center

Our Vision

For more than a decade, we have pioneered sustainable practices and education in a campus environment, as well as guided our community toward a more sustainable future.

Our Vision

Our Commitment

As a sustainability leader in higher education, Furman is a member of several organizations aiming to reduce their environmental footprint.

Our Commitment
Memorial, Canopy of Life, outside of the Shi Center
pond outside the Shi Center

What is Sustainability?

How do we define sustainability?

Beyond environmental stewardship

National Recognition

Furman is consistently recognized in national programs as a leader in building sustainable college campuses.

National Recognition
Outside of the Shi Center in the middle of summer
Student gathering kale from a box

Our Partners

Meet the partners for whom we're conducting applied research and those who generously support our work.

Meet our partners