Creating a Sustainable Landscape
Furman is regularly recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. However, achieving this beauty in a sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion can be challenging. Furman strives to create a healthy, regenerative landscape that minimizes the use of toxic chemicals, protects wildlife habitat, and conserves resources.
Did You Know?
Furman’s campus is a certified Level I arboretum and since 2008 has been recognized as a Tree Campus by the Arbor Day Foundation for its dedication to effective community forestry management.
The ethnobotany garden near the Townes Science Center grows a series of basic dye and fiber plants used in an Applied Plant science course.
Furman is home to multiple bee colonies at the farm and a series of wildflower / pollinator gardens that have replaced areas formerly covered in turf.
Sagittaria fasciculata, known as Bunched Arrowhead, is a federally protected small herbaceous plant that grows in forested seeps. Furman has one of the few wild Bunched Arrowhead populations in the world and maintains a public viewing deck for visitors to observe the plant.
In an effort to improve the water quality of Furman lake, the university has stopped mowing the riparian buffer on a regular basis to help reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the lake and reduce the waterfowl population who don’t like to walk through tall grass.