Furman included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges


Furman University is one of the most environmentally friendly colleges in the nation, according to The Princeton Review, which featured the university in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition.

The Princeton Review, an educational services company, chose the 455 schools in the guide based on its survey of administrators at 713 colleges in 2021-2022 about their institutions’ environmental and sustainability commitments. The Princeton Review analyzed 25 data points to calculate schools’ green ratings. Colleges that achieved a Green Rating score of 80 or higher were chosen for the Green Colleges Guide. Furman scored 90 on a scale of 60 to 99.

Laura Bain, Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment.

“Furman students engage in a wide variety of sustainability research and extracurricular activities, including working on campus at the Furman Organic Farm,” according to Furman’s profile from The Princeton Review. “Furman was a signatory to the Presidents of America’s Colleges and Universities Climate Pledge Charter, and the board of trustees approved a sustainability master plan for the university, setting a goal of carbon neutrality by 2026.” , he added. The guide also mentioned Furman as the home of South Carolina’s first LEED-certified building, Hipp Hall. Furman now has a total of eight LEED-certified buildings on its 800-acre campus.

Furman’s profile includes parameters such as the university’s condensed workweek option for employees, indoor and secure bike storage, showers and lockers for bike commuters, and a public inventory plan. greenhouse gases. The guide notes that 12% of Furman’s food budget is spent on local or organic foods.

Furman has appeared in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges every year since the inaugural 2010 edition, which was published in 2009, for a total of 13 editions.

“Our inclusion in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges demonstrates Furman’s long-standing commitment to sustainability in our curriculum, operations, and campus and community engagement,” said Laura Bain ’02, Principal. Sustainability Assessment Associate at the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities. . “We are proud of our accomplishments to date and are always striving to improve our sustainability performance, initiatives and opportunities for our students.”


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