KIWI Green College Report Lists Furman Among the Nation's Top Green Universities

October 14, 2008

GREENVILLE, SC – October 14, 2008 – For the second consecutive year, Furman University has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally conscious colleges and universities by KIWI Magazine.

KIWI’s 2008 “Green College Report” highlighted 75 schools around the country that offer eco-friendly campuses and programs.  The report, which lists the colleges alphabetically, evaluated the schools on the level of their involvement in sustainability-focused endeavors.

Furman and the University of South Carolina-Columbia were the only two South Carolina colleges listed in the report.  Other schools receiving recognition included Cornell University, Duke University, Michigan State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“We’ve seen an explosion of environment-focused activities across the country,” said Judy Walton, acting executive director of the American Association of Sustainability in Higher Education. “From the smallest to largest, community colleges to Ivy League, everyone’s getting involved.”

KIWI highlighted Furman’s new course for undergraduates, “Humans and the Natural Environment,” which is required for graduation. This course was designed to build students’ awareness that humans “remain dependent on the environment for resources and irreplaceable ecosystem.” Furman also hosts an annual “Let’s Get Trashed” event where assorted trash from resident halls is dumped in front of the library and students spend a two-day period sorting and displaying the recyclable discarded goods.

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