106.3 WORD Cover Story

Furman: "A Tree Campus USA"

Matt Hogan
May 15, 2019 - 3:37 pm
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This for this week’s cover story, we sat down with Laura Bain, Furman’s Associate Director of Sustainability Assessments, and Scot Sherman, Furman’s Director of Landscaping and Construction in order to find out exactly how they maintain a beautiful campus; while also being an example to all when it comes to sustainability.

The Arbor Day Foundation has named Furman a 2018 Tree Campus USA for the 11th straight year.

The Tree Campus USA program honors colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.

Furman achieved this by meeting Tree Campus USA’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, managing a campus tree-care plan, dedicating annual expenditures for its campus tree program, observing Arbor Day and offering a student service-learning project.

From the famous oak trees surrounding campus to the iconic Bell Tower that overlooks Furman Lake, one thing is for sure, a lot of hard work went into to maintaining its beauty and meeting these standards.

Furman’s goals go beyond having a beautiful landscape. The university wants to create a culture of sustainability, and become an example of how to be environmentally conscience and responsible.

 

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