President of Agua del Pueblo speaks at Furman

Growing up with 10 other brothers in rural Guatemala, Victor Racancój learned firsthand the challenges of making a living and simply surviving. His parents worked hard as subsistence farmers, but each day was a struggle. The only one of his siblings to go to college, Racancój, a native Mayan, worked his way through the ranks […]


Weighing the costs of ‘improvement’

The city of Greenville is growing, and growing in ways that are heralded as beneficial—change for the better some say. But one question too often ignored, or perhaps simply not thought of at all, is whom does this growth benefit? Hayden Couvillion, a Furman senior with a double major in Political Science and Sustainability Science, attempts to answer that question in an op-ed for The Greenville News.

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Furman takes first place in two video contests

Students in Dr. Wes Dripps’ ECOS (Environmental Community of Students) Engaged Living classes snag first place in two sustainability video contests. The first contest was sponsored by Green Living Project, the second by the Associated Colleges of the South. Sweetening the deal was the runner up spot for the ACS competition–yet another video by a Furman student.


Kartikeya Singh ’07 marches for climate change policy

Throughout his college career, Kartikeya Singh ’07 marched to the beat of a different drummer. Taking on an Individualized Curriculum Program at Furman, he pursued a major in Ecology and Sustainable Development. Now Singh, founder of the Indian Youth Climate Network, marches for climate change awareness. Just days ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit in NYC where about 120 heads of state met Sept. 23, more than 400,000 climate change activists from all walks of life marched in the streets of the Big Apple. Robin Young with National Public Radio’s Here & Now caught up with Singh to ask him about his motivations.


China’s environmental crisis

  China, a rapidly growing economy, is more seriously polluted than any society on earth, said a keynote speaker at the two-day international symposium on “China’s Environment Crisis: Is there a Way Out?” The forum, held at Furman University, was presented by the Riley Institute at Furman and the Department of Asian Studies with support […]


Riley Institute presents conference about China’s environmental crisis

The Riley Institute at Furman and the Furman University Department of Asian Studies will present a national conference on the environmental crisis in China Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Younts Conference Center. “China’s Environmental Crisis: Is There A Way Out?” is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The symposium, a CLP event, is presented with support from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, the Furman Department of Political Science, and the Shi Center for Sustainability.


Sustainability and collaboration

Furman is well known for its beautiful campus, commitment to sustainability and opportunities for deep undergraduate student research. These three components came together when the campus was recently designated as a Level I arboretum through The Morton Register of Arboreta. Yancey Fouché, associate director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman, explained how such cross-campus collaboration works in an article for the August 2014 issue of College Planning & Management.



Furman offering course on sustainability in business

Furman is offering a program in the spring of 2015 that will help executives manage the challenges of a socially conscious business environment. The five-session course, offered by Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, is aimed at business people who are in charge of defining and implementing sustainability initiatives for their organizations.

Shi Center for Sustainability

Furman lauded for doing “green” right

Furman is featured on a new nationwide list of 100 colleges that do an outstanding job of teaching sustainability and promoting it in their communities. The university was included in Teaching Sustainability: 100 Colleges Doing “Green” Right, a list compiled by Best College Rankings.org.  Furman was the only South Carolina school to make the list. According to the report, the listed schools “not only do a great job of teaching their students sustainable practices, they also work in their communities, and spread information via the web through their sustainability-focused websites.”


Furman hosts conference for sustainability coordinators

Furman University will host a conference of regional university sustainability directors and coordinators June 2–4. The meeting will take place at the Shi Center for Sustainability and other locations in Greenville. Established in 2009 and spanning states from Texas to Maryland, the Southeastern Campus Sustainability Coordinators Network is a regional resource for primary sustainability coordinators […]