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Furman gets high marks for sustainability

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Furman University has been recognized as one of the top 10 overall performers in the 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, claiming the eighth spot in the national rankings among baccalaureate institutions.

The 2017 Sustainable Campus Index, a publication of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, highlights top-performing colleges and universities in 17 areas and overall by institution type, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

“Over the past few decades, Furman has established itself as a sustainability leader in higher education, both in terms of its curriculum and its campus operations,” said Weston Dripps, executive director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, in a news release. “Being recognized as a top sustainability performer nationally speaks to our ongoing hard work, efforts and sustainability achievements.”

Furman’s efforts toward sustainability include its $1.7 million solar facility, which is online now. It has 2,994 solar panels across six acres of land along Poinsett Highway near the campus. The university’s efforts also include recycling programs, sustainable transportation programs and sustainable dining initiatives.

The STARS program is a report card for grading sustainability performance in higher education. Furman holds a STARS “Gold Rating” in recognition of its sustainability achievements.

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