Sustainability explores the dynamic relationships among social, economic, and environmental systems so as to enhance the long-term quality of life.
Furman University is one of a very small group of universities that is now offering a degree in sustainability.
Last week I toured the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability on campus and I was really impressed. It is a beautiful demonstration home with gorgeous landscaping and a pretty good sized garden/vegetable farm all sitting right on the lake. I look forward to getting some produce from their farmers market. David Shi was Furman’s president up until a few months ago.
OLLI had a class last year on sustainability ideas and practices for individuals. I didn’t get to take the class but I heard it was very good. Hope they offer it again.
The core mission of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University is to promote the study of sustainability both on campus and in the greater community. By working as a connector across disciplines and facilitator across divisions, the Center supports the integration of themes and topics related to sustainability into Furman’s academic program through curriculum development and research.
- Incorporating topics and themes related to sustainability into the liberal arts and sciences
- Examining sustainability in a holistic way at the intersection of systems
- Studying sustainability using various methodologies and at a variety of scales
- Creating replicable, scalable programs and projects
- Promoting and facilitating collaboration across communities and disciplines
- Encouraging constituent well-being
- Measuring, assessing, and improving Furman’s efforts to become a more sustainable enterprise