Sustainability Science and FCA

Shi Center develops online learning module

In keeping with its mission “to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in support of sustainability on campus and in the greater community,” the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University has launched a free, open-source, online learning module for undergraduate and introductory graduate-level courses. The online learning module explores Sustainability Science and Full Cost Analysis (FCA). The project is the result of two years’ development by the Shi Center with generous multi-year support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

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Furman named top performer in Sustainable Campus Index

Furman University has been recognized as a sustainability leader in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The 2015 Sustainable Campus Index highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas, as measured by AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In the Campus Engagement category, Furman shares a top spot with 18 North American universities, with only three of those located in the Southeast.


Aloha ‘Aina: for the love of the land

Lush tropical greenery, beautiful beaches and waterfalls, spectacular sunsets. While she spent part of her summer sailing through Hawaii, Kelsey Orr ’17 wasn’t on a leisure trip. Her 12-hour days as a student and rookie sailor were often spent cleaning, line hauling, and collecting water samples aboard a 134-foot-long sailing ship for her team’s research […]

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Shi Center fellows make trek to conferences

Whether it’s semester-long study away, shorter-term May experiences, internships, or presenting research at academic conferences both in the United States and abroad, Furman students have abundant opportunities for engaged learning outside the classroom. Last spring, Shi Center for Sustainability associate director Yancey Fouché and program coordinator Kelly Grant Purvis brought a cadre of Furman students […]

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Oregon State University’s Goodrich gives poetry reading

Charles Goodrich of the School of History, Philosophy, and Religion at Oregon State University will give a poetry reading Monday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m., in Johns Hall 101 on campus. The CLP event is free and open to the public,  and is sponsored by the Furman Department of English and the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability. Goodrich has written three volumes of poems. He serves as director of the Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word, an independently-funded program at OSU.

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Furman featured in “Campus Wild” guide

Furman University is among 85 colleges and universities featured in a new publication released by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and “Lands-on” Experiences for Students. The detailed guide highlights how institutions of higher education are playing a dynamic role protecting wildlife and restoring habitats in campus green spaces, including on-campus landscapes and natural areas, as well as distant campus-owned lands.

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The Little Free Library

Two children gathered Tuesday around the newest addition to Greenville’s Southernside Neighborhood, what looks like a little purple house with a Furman logo. The girl reached inside and selected a scary book for her little sister since she loves scary stories. The little boy chose a joke book for himself and found a book to […]

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Sustainability illustrated

When it comes to protecting South Carolina’s water resources, Chandler Jackson ’15 believes in the power of social media. Using the hashtag #droughtshaming, Californians in the midst of a fourth year of drought have posted pictures of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s lush lawn and shared pictures of their neighbors using sprinkler systems. To discourage […]

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Furman senior explores gentrification and compassionate housing

Fewer families in Greenville are making less money. Every income bracket less than $50,000 decreased from 1999 to 2013. Sounds good, right? Not so fast. Poring over Census data and a report by Harvard professors, Furman senior sustainability science/political science major Hayden Couvillion says households really haven’t increased their income levels, but have simply moved […]


Sustainability Science goes to the hospital

Parkland Memorial Hospital. For some, the name conjures images of a Presidential motorcade, Lee Harvey Oswald, the Texas School Book Depository, and the shock surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Parkland Memorial is the place Kennedy was pronounced dead. While the public will never forget the events of […]