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Environmental Studies Minor

  • Furman University (SC)

The Environmental Studies minor offers 
a program of study that teaches how the Earth functions as a system and supports life; how the growing human population is transforming the Earth ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BA)

  • Furman University (SC)

The B.A. in Earth and Environmental Sciences is very similar to the B.S. degree but is designed for a major who wants to explore more of the human ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Earth and Environmental Sciences (BS)

  • Furman University (SC)

Earth and Environmental Sciences majors will study the physical, chemical, and biological, natural and human processes, in both time and space, which have shaped the planet. Courses are designed to ...

  • Posted June 29, 2018
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Developing Campus Sustainability Plans in a Capstone Course

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

Sustainability education high impact practices emphasize the importance of project-based, applied learning experiences as well as collaborative learning. Higher education professionals also emphasize the importance of capstone signature experiences. Students ...

  • Posted April 5, 2018
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Mapping Your Campus Metabolism: Taking a Systems Approach to Understanding Material Flows on Your Campus

  • Furman University (SC)

As campuses strive to become increasingly more sustainable, a comprehensive, integrated systems understanding of a university's campus metabolism and key material flows (water, energy, food, and materials) is essential ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Engaging Students and Community: Creating Safe Spaces through Community Sensitivity Training Programs

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University and the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability work to create a student experience that promotes real world student learning experiences and meets community needs. In order to ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Creating a Space for Collaboration and Cohort Building through Community Based Student Work Experiences

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has a very strong Student Sustainability Fellowship Program through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. This program provides students with project-focused, sustainability related work experiences at a ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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Multiple Approaches to Successfully Sustaining Your Campus as a Teaching and Living Laboratory

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • North Carolina State University (NC)
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte (NC)
  • University of Georgia (GA)

The concept of using campus buildings, grounds, infrastructure, resources, and systems to support research and learning in sustainability is widely accepted and recognized by assessments like STARS. This workshop will ...

  • Posted Dec. 1, 2017
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AASHE Award Winner Webinar - Taking Carbon Off-Setting Beyond the Campus

  • Furman University (SC)
  • AASHE (PA)

This webinar tells the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a community weatherization program run through the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University. The CCC was ...

  • Posted Feb. 23, 2017
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Community as a Living Laboratory: Promoting Community Engagement Through Student Internship Programs

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IN)
  • University of Arizona (AZ)

Community and campus sustainability issues can be addressed simultaneously while creating a hands-on learning opportunity for students. In this presentation, representatives from three universities (Furman University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact Through Home Weatherizations in Greenville, SC

  • Furman University (SC)

This case study will tell the story of the Community Conservation Corps (CCC), the program highlighted by Second Nature in Furman University's selection as a Climate Leadership Finalist in ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Charting the Path to Zero Waste at a Liberal Arts University: A Student Led Model

  • Furman University (SC)

The generation and management of waste on college campuses have presented challenges to pursuing institutional sustainability. This case study looks at the use of undergraduate students in the visioning, data ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Drones, Geographic Information Systems, and Streetlights: Community Partnerships for Safer Streets

  • Furman University (SC)

When we began our partnership with the neighborhood of New Washington Heights our goal was straightforward: Within the context of a class project, use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Growing the Campus Landscape and Student Botanists Through Community Partnerships

  • Furman University (SC)

This poster will tell the multi-faceted story of how Furman University has leveraged longstanding partnerships with two local horticultural organizations to benefit both student learning and the award-winning campus landscape ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Furman University's Energy Efficiency Eco-philanthropy Project

  • Furman University (SC)

During the 2015 - 2016 academic year, The Environmental Community of Students, a first year engaged living program at Furman University, received an $80,000 donation from a local donor to ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Designing and Conducting a Public Engagement Project Through an Intensive-Semester Course

  • Furman University (SC)

During a May semester course, faculty and students at a liberal arts college conducted a participatory planning process with a local community and county government. Students facilitated a public participation ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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A Public Engagement Process to Create a Community-Based Vision and Open Space Plan

  • Furman University (SC)

During a three-week public engagement process, a team of faculty and students facilitated community-based public participation to create a vision and open space plan for a 27-acre vacant lot in ...

  • Posted Nov. 18, 2016
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Classroom as Cinema: Using Film to Teach Sustainability

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Western New England University (MA)

While the advent of movies in the classroom does not quite date to the invention of the motion-picture camera itself in 1889, given its near-universal power to draw students' attention ...

  • Posted Sept. 12, 2016
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Furman's CCC weatherizes it's 100th home

  • Furman University (SC)

The Community Conservation Corps (CCC), coordinated by Furman's David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, partners with a local utility company and Habitat for Humanity to provide needed home weatherization ...


Different Approaches to Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Emory University (GA)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • University of Missouri (MO)
  • AASHE (PA)

Higher education is in a unique position to lead the transition to a sustainable world. Colleges and universities have the means to influence students by providing these individuals - tomorrow’s ...

  • Posted June 10, 2016
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It’s What’s for Dinner: Furman University’s Sustainable Dining Initiative

  • Furman University (SC)

The majority of the food in the United States is produced via an industrial food production and distribution system, which is inherently unsustainable due to its widespread environmental (e.g ...


Carbon On-Setting: Community Impact through Home Weatherization in Greenville, SC

  • Furman University (SC)

The Community Conservation Corps (CCC), a program of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University, provides free home weatherization to low-income homeowners in the greater Greenville, South ...


Teaching and learning sustainability: An assessment of the curriculum content and structure of sustainability degree programs in higher education

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Lund University

Sustainability degree programs in higher education have proliferated with the emergence of sustainability as a recognized academic field. This study evaluated the curricula of English-language programs granting degrees in sustainability ...

  • Posted April 17, 2016
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A Campus Tree Inventory: An Interdisciplinary, Multi-Class, Mega-Lab Project

  • Furman University (SC)

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 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Case Studies in Educating for Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Liberal Arts Edition

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Sewanee - The University of the South (TN)

Small colleges possess a unique opportunity to infuse sustainability across the curriculum. Dickinson College, Furman University, and Sewanee: The University of the South will share three case studies that demonstrate ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Furman University's Sustainability Living Learning Communities

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has had a long standing commitment to promoting engaged learning through the development of academic learning experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. As part of Furman’s ongoing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Connections for Sustainability: Creating a Sustainability Affiliate Faculty Program at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

Questions of sustainability are inherently interdisciplinary and must be examined from a variety of perspectives to ensure a comprehensive solution or answer. At the faculty level, however, devoting time to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Promoting Sustainable Agriculture and Access to Local Food in the Carolinas Program: Campuses to Communities

  • Davidson College (NC)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Johnson C. Smith University (NC)

The Duke Endowment (TDE) schools, Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University, and Johnson C. Smith University, all have significant interest in promoting sustainable farm and food systems in the Carolinas ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Small Campuses, Big Impacts: Making Sustainability Work in Smaller, Liberal Arts Schools

  • Dickinson College (PA)
  • Earlham College (IN)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)

In this panel presentation, teaching faculty and sustainability staff from several smaller, liberal arts schools will discuss the challenges and lessons learned in implementing sustainability across the curriculum, the co-curriculum ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Engaged Learning and Furman University's Student Sustainability Fellows Program

  • Furman University (SC)

Engaged and place-based learning are innovative ways to educate students about sustainability. At the same time, a significant challenge for university sustainability programs is the limited amount of staff time ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS Town Hall Meeting (2010)

  • American University (DC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This interactive session will feature a small panel of STARS Steering Committee members, Technical Advisors, and STARS staff who will address key topics related to STARS. More importantly, this session ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Luther College (IA)
  • University of Colorado Boulder (CO)
  • AASHE (PA)

This panel highlights inspiring examples from the book, "Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives," a collaborative project by RMI and AASHE. Panelists from Furman University, Luther College, and University of Colorado at ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Infusing Sustainability into the Curriculum through Mellon Post-doctoral Fellowships

  • Centre College (KY)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Washington and Lee University (VA)

This panel features three post-doctoral fellows from select institutions of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) who received funding from the Mellon Foundation to host two-year post-docs in environmental ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Local Carbon Offset Projects: Lessons Learned from Yale, Furman, and Duke Universities

  • Duke University (NC)
  • Furman University (SC)
  • Yale University (CT)

Universities and Colleges across the nation are currently addressing climate change by making significant commitments to reduce campus greenhouse gas emissions. To meet their aggressive reduction targets campuses are identifying ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Interregional Infusing Sustainability Across the Curriculum: Experiences from Furman and Middlebury

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Middlebury College (VT)

This panel examines the experiences of infusing sustainability across existing curriculum. Furman and Middlebury are pursuing general education requirements, concentrations and majors at the undergraduate level. To integrate sustainability further ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Advocating Sustainability: Learning from Campus, Teaching the Community

  • Furman University (SC)

The dissemination of campus-based sustainability efforts provides both general knowledge and specific updates to several audiences, on campus and beyond. This communicated information is critical for evaluating and assessing sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Wide Waste Audit

  • Furman University (SC)

Diving into the Depths of the Desolate Dumpster 2.0: A Campus-Wide Waste Audit of Furman University

Erika Baldwin, Will Stallings, and Weston Dripps

Furman University, Earth and Environmental Sciences ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Furman University's Approach to Integrating National and Campus Assessment Methodologies

  • Furman University (SC)

With the advent of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Ratings System (STARS) as an increasingly standard assessment protocol for campuses across the country, integrating national or external assessment protocols with ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Gardening with seniors: Benefits across socioeconomic status

  • Furman University (SC)

Recently, researchers have become interested in the psychological benefits of engaging in nature-based activities. Thus far, research has shown that gardening can increase well-being and sense of community (Armstrong, 2000 ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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GIS and Sustainability: Project based Introductory GIS Course Curriculum

  • Furman University (SC)

An introductory level GIS course was modified to incorporate a sustainability focused term project. Students in the class learn the basics of GIS through lectures, intense classroom discussions, and structured ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Let's talk about poop!

  • Furman University (SC)

This study examines the effects of the installation of pet waste bag dispenser stations on the compliance of dog owners to pick up after their pets. Our study site is ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Linking Geology and Sustainability in Iceland

  • Furman University (SC)

Iceland provides an interesting case for the benefits of study abroad despite the carbon costs. First, geologically, Iceland is uniquely located on the mid-Atlantic ridge plate boundary, is geologically diverse ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Research and Teaching Opportunities With an On-Campus Ecological Wastewater Treatment System

  • Furman University (SC)

Advanced wetland treatment systems combine the energy efficiency of natural ecological processes with the small footprint and stringent effluent standards of conventional wastewater treatment systems and provide multiple teaching and ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The GREEN Room at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

The Green Room Energy and Environmental Initiative (GREEN) Showcase room is a green model residence hall room at Furman University intended to foster and promote eco-friendly lifestyle choices and product ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainability and Furman's New Curriculum

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman's Director of Sustainability and Environmental Education and its Provost will discuss various curricular initiatives developed by Furman University that make sustainability more integral to our learning environment. Furman ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Furman University's Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)

  • Furman University (SC)

In 2006 Furman University began its Environmental Community of Students (ECOS) Engaged Living program in which incoming, environmentally minded, first year students choose to live together and take two introductory ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Campus Sustainability Films in a General Education Science Course

  • Furman University (SC)

Making students aware of and peaking their interests in campus environmental and sustainability initiatives can be difficult, given students wide range of interests and competing demands for their time. I ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Furman University Green Guide to Sustainable Living

  • Furman University (SC)

Furman University has committed to establishing itself as a national environmental sustainability leader among college and university campuses. The university has been very proactive in supporting sustainability efforts on campus ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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When Sustainable Building Practices Meet Reality: The Design and Construction of a Deep Green, Southern Living Magazine, Showcase Home at Furman University.

  • Furman University (SC)
  • Innocenti & Webel Landscape Architects (SC)
  • Johnston Design Group Architects (SC)

When the promise of millions of dollars in marketing and advertising opportunity from Southern living Magazine (7th largest circulation in USA) is merged with Furman University's desire for a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Assessing the Eco-Cottage Legacy at Furman University

  • Furman University (SC)

Since 2001, Furman University's 8-person Eco-Cottage has provided students the opportunity to measure their environmental impact and learn ways to minimize it. Started experimentally, the cottage has become a ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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