Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities

Launched in 2020, the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities is a regionally-focused institute promoting human flourishing and sustainability through education, research, and leadership. The institute builds on over a decade of proven success and national renown of the Shi Center for Sustainability and connects campus and community around developing sustainable communities.

Residing in a net-zero, LEED-certified, sustainable showcase home, abutted by an organic farm in the heart of Furman’s campus, the Shi Institute brings together environmental scientists and economists, urban planners and policy experts, students, faculty, and community members, and sustainability visionaries and elected officials to collaboratively pursue and promote sustainable communities.

Furman Farm, student planting crops
View of pond, greenery outside Shi Center
Shi Center, view of back porch
Professor looking at a student's work outside Shi Center