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Class of 2015 receives Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainbility

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The Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability program is offered annually at Furman.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability program is offered annually at Furman.

Furman University’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development has announced that 18 members of the class of 2015 have received the university’s Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability.

The 2015 recipients are:

  • David Ackerman, Greenville Technical College
  • Craig Arnold, BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC
  • Jim Benes, Furman University
  • Thomas Cobb, Cushman and Wakefield
  • Douglas Jaggers, Girl Scouts of South Carolina Mountains to Midlands
  • Patrick Kennedy, CH2M HILL
  • Victoria Kirby, Furman University
  • Ron Mohling, Southern Weaving Company
  • Kelly Grant Purvis, Furman University
  • Jeff Redderson, Furman University
  • Kent Satterfield, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
  • Jerry Shepard, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
  • Aili Spearman, BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC
  • Russell Stall, Greenville Forward
  • Christy Thompson, ScanSource, Inc.
  • Ted Westervelt, Greenville Technical College
  • Karen Windham, K. Windham Consulting
  • Michelle Witt, Fitesa

The Postgraduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability is offered through Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development in cooperation with the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability.  The program is offered annually to a select group of individuals seeking to increase their business revenue, decrease costs, and enhance their social responsibility by implementing green practices in their companies.

The program consists of five sessions, two days per month, and includes meals, materials and access to an ongoing sustainability network.  Topics include a sustainability overview, mapping and auditing, life-cycle assessment, green accounting, green innovation and marketing, and stakeholder engagement.  Expert speakers provide point-in-case overviews of topic implementation in the business world.

Students learn current sustainability trends and are given tools to determine which practices make the most business sense for application in their own business and industry. Students complete the course through developing a capstone organizational project.

For more information or to enroll in the 2016 class, visit or contact Dr. Brad Bechtold at 864-294-3136.

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