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Upstate Giving, May 21, 2018

Staff Report //May 21, 2018//

Upstate Giving, May 21, 2018

Staff Report //May 21, 2018//

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Furman alums give $1M for students, sustainability

James A. Lanier Jr. and Mary Anne Anderson Lanier have committed $1.05 million to invest in Furman University’s Shi Center for Sustainability.

The Laniers’ commitment will directly support The Furman Advantage, providing students increased opportunities for fellowships and research and funding for improved programs and learning experiences. The university also is taking steps to further integrate sustainability into curriculum across all disciplines, according to a news release.

“The Shi Center is a strategic priority for the university, and the transformational support provided by the Laniers positions Furman at the cutting edge of sustainability in higher education and on a national scale,” Furman University President Elizabeth Davis said, in the release.

Weston Dripps, executive director of the Shi Center and an associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, said Furman hopes to become the first liberal arts and sciences institution to achieve a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) platinum rating. Furman is currently rated STARS gold, the second highest distinction in sustainability leadership, the release said.

“The generosity of Jaime and Mary Anne will only propel the center — and Furman — to greater distinction,” said Dripps, in the release.

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