Educating for the Future

One of the primary functions of colleges and universities is to educate students. By training and educating future leaders, scholars, workers, and professionals, higher education institutions are uniquely positioned to prepare students to understand and address sustainability challenges. The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities at Furman works to infuse sustainability across Furman’s curriculum and engage students and faculty in exploring real-world sustainability problems and solutions.

Did You Know?

The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is a former Southern Living green design showcase home that houses one of the first and still few academic sustainability institutes in the country.

Beginning in 2016, Furman was selected as one of fourteen national centers for “Teaching Sustainability Across the Curriculum” by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The Greenbelt Engaged Living Community is an intentional student living learning community intended to foster sustainable living and lifestyle choices among sixteen student residents who live between two cabins by Furman Lake.

The Affiliate Faculty Sustainability Program is a monthly faculty development program focused on curricular enhancement around sustainability. It currently has 60+ members representing 21 of 24 academic departments. 

The Student Sustainability Fellows program is a funded fellowship program that provides roughly 30 students a year with a campus or community-based sustainability fellowship. 

Furman offers the first and only bachelor of science degree in Sustainability Science at a liberal arts institution in the United States.

Furman offers a statewide Sustainability Leadership Program for South Carolina leaders focused on addressing and implementing solutions for a sustainable future.

What’s Next?

We will continue to enhance our academic sustainability curricular and research programs through:

  • funding interdisciplinary faculty / student sustainability research that addresses real world campus and community sustainability challenges.
  • promoting use of the campus as a Living Learning Lab within courses.
  • expanding the number of community partners involved in our student fellows program.