Justice, equity, and politics

Coleman Allums ’14 was set to prepare his third and final go-around for a highly competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship when he learned he won an award in recent weeks. “I knew how competitive this source of funding is and how few are awarded in my field, so my expectations were modest,” says the Sustainability Science/Economics […]

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A presidential appointment

When Sustainability Science/Spanish major Michael Robinson ’16 received an internship in the Executive Office of the President, Office of Energy and Climate Change, he thought he’d be in for a fair amount of administrative duties. “Surely they wouldn’t rely on interns to do much but help keep the office running,” Robinson recalls saying to himself. […]

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Mastering the “green” classroom

“Green thinking” has moved into classrooms, where students earn degrees specifically focused on sustainability studies or add an Earth-friendly spin to more traditional majors. Furman launched its sustainability science major in 2011, which allows students to explore connections between the environment, economics and social systems. The university’s efforts in this area were included in an […]

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Furman listed among top “green colleges”

Furman is listed in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges, a guidebook providing information about the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The newest edition of the guidebook profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

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FUEL Furman Fundraising Concludes

The third year of FUEL Furman: Ignite the Fire, Fuel the Future officially concluded on April 3. Nearly 80 donors participated with gifts ranging from $5 to $1,000. In total, supporters gave close to $8,500, more than doubling the amount raised for student projects in 2014. Even if a group was unable to reach their total fundraising goal, all projects were designed to be scalable and funds will be put to use immediately.

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Climate change: It’s not all bad news

Rising sea levels, severe weather patterns, record breaking temperatures… it’s a constant refrain from climate change experts around the world. But it isn’t all bad news. In Monday’s lecture titled “Climate Change,” Tripp Van Noppen, president of the non-profit environmental law organization, Earth Justice, addressed the progress we’ve made with protecting the environment and the […]

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Film festival explores the realities of China’s environmental crisis

High on a hillside in southwest China, a handful of elderly residents cry out, pleading for the protection of the mountains, trees, and streams around them. For many generations, protecting their environment has been a priority for Na ritual specialists who live in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southwest China. They have no written […]

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Furman reaches for the STARS and grabs the gold

Sustainability is a word that’s bandied about so much around college campuses that it loses its meaning. How exactly does one know if a campus is truly implementing best practices for sustainability? AASHE holds the answer in its STARS program, a transparent, self-rating system which is the most widely recognized report card in the world […]

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Arbor Day Foundation again honors Furman

The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Furman University as a 2014 Tree Campus USA® for its dedication to effective urban forest management. Furman has earned the honor seven consecutive years. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

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Water Walk helps bring potable water to rural Guatemala

For Water Walk 2015, more than 700 Furman students, faculty, staff and local residents will carry water around Furman Lake from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, March 28 as part of an effort to raise $100,000 to construct a potable drinking water system in two rural communities in Guatemala. The public is invited to attend and participate in Water Walk 2015. Students will accept tax-deductible donations and $5 sponsorships to support the effort.