Trees provide a number of valuable ecosystem services, including reducing stormwater runoff, increasing air and water quality, storing and sequestering atmospheric carbon, and reducing energy consumption due to direct shading of buildings. Furman University has had a long standing commitment to campus forestry and, since 2008, has been recognized as a Tree Campus for its dedication to effective community forestry management. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals. To achieve this designation, Furman maintains a tree advisory committee, manages a campus tree-care plan, dedicates annual expenditures for its campus tree program, observes Arbor Day, and offers a student service-learning project each year.
Furman University also holds a Level 1 Morton Arboretum certification.