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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.

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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 […]

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.”

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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 […]

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Furman receives arboretum designation

Furman University has received accreditation as a Level I arboretum through The Morton Register of Arboreta. Furman earned the recognition for exemplifying tree conservation, species diversity, and educational resources and events focused on landscapes and trees. The George G. Willis Jr. Arboretum, whose grounds and tree tags are accessible to the public on the Furman […]

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Educating for sustainability

Furman University is listed in the fifth edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, a guidebook saluting the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The new edition of the free guidebook was announced as the nation celebrates Earth Day, April 22. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition […]

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On two wheels

For the third year running, Sociology Professor Ken Kolb, Ph.D., is leading the April Commuter Challenge. The challenge is simple: each week, replace one driving commute with a biking commute. So far, 16 faculty and staff members have joined the peloton. Most of the riders have participated in the challenge in previous years, while about […]