Education Shi Center

The Shi Center for Sustainability is both an anchor for sustainability education and a launch pad for innovative teaching. As you'll learn, sustainability has secured a prominent presence in the Furman curriculum.

If you're interested in studying sustainability at Furman, you're not short of options. Furman provides a broad range of sustainability-related courses to undergraduates.  The general education requirement "humans and the natural environment" ensures that all students learn about the relationship between humans and nature during their time at Furman. These classes have prepared many of our students for careers in sustainability. In fact, our undergraduates can major in sustainability science—the only such program in the nation at a liberal arts college.

Faculty development

For faculty, the Shi Center supports efforts to weave sustainability into courses of all disciplines, from the obvious subjects like biology and environmental science, to the not-so-obvious, like English, music, and Asian studies. 

We support faculty sustainability research, and have created a forum through our Affiliate Faculty program where faculty can meet to discuss issues like sustainability education, food systems, and climate change, as well as how these issues relate to their own disciplines. Teach sustainability.

Student development

Classes and research opportunities are of course the primary way that Furman students study sustainability.  We support 25 students each year through our vibrant student fellowship program. Study sustainability.

Sustainability Leaders

From innovative research to developing new courses, our faculty and students are charting a better path for our planet's future. Learn about their experiences. Meet our sustainable leaders.


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