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Launching the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities @ Furman University

Higher Ed Strategy Sustainability
The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities at Furman University has been recognized for multiple awards, most recently for securing the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. Residing in a net-zero, LEED-certified, sustainable showcase home, abutted by an organic farm in the heart of Furman’s campus, the Shi Institute brings together environmental scientists and economists, urban planners and policy experts, students, faculty, and community members, and sustainability visionaries and elected officials to collaboratively pursue and promote sustainable communities. Openfields worked the Shi Institute when it was an academic center to develop a program, communications, and fundraising strategy to transition to an independent university institute. 

Openfields has since partnered with the Shi Institute to design and launch the Sustainability Leadership Initiative in partnership with Sustain SC.