Natural awareness campaign crown capital eco management
University partnered with Metro Transit Authority (MTA) for students, faculty and staff to use public transportation to and from Belmont for free
The Higher Education Sustainability Conference held at Belmont Spring 2007
Recycling program started almost a decade ago and will expand campus wide Summer 2008 and be sustained by campus systems
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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natural awarenesscampaign crown capitaleco managementBelmont Goes GreenLaunched
In March 2007, those efforts took on a morepublic face when Belmont launched "BelmontGoes Green" to encourage greater environmentalawareness on campus. Belmont President Dr.Bob Fisher signed the Talloires Declaration of theAssociation of University Leaders for aSustainable Future (USLF). In signing thedeclaration, the university presidents agreed toincrease awareness of environmentallysustainable development, create an institutionalculture of sustainability and educate forenvironmentally responsible citizenship, amongother efforts.
Since the declaration, Belmont has worked toimplement more eco-friendly initiatives. TheBelmont Environmental Initiative Council wascreated to coordinate environmental efforts oncampus. Religion professor Dr. Judy Skeen,founder and director of the BEI Council, said,"My goal for the future is that everyone whoworks and studies on Belmonts campus willlearn how to care for the earth, conserveresources, consume responsibly and live insustainable ways. Belmonts community practicesare the best way to gain visibility and beginbehavior change."
Current Belmont Goes Greenendeavors:The Randall and Sadie Baskin Center is LEED-certified at the Gold level.Click here to read more.BLINK Level 2 Wall Mount charging stations in the Curb and NorthGarages. The electric vehicle chargers are free and open to the public.Click here to read more.Belmont puts "green roof" on McWhorter Hall: The only large extensivegreen roof on an educational facility in Nashville, the green roof servesseveral purposes including a reduction in the "heat island effect," whichrefers to the trend of generally higher temperatures in urban areas asopposed to more suburban areas. The green roof lowers air temperatureswhich helps reduce that effect. Green roofs also provide natural habitatsfor wildlife (birds, insects, etc.) and reduce pollution by holding pollutantsrather than washing into groundwater, sewer or drainage systems. Inaddition, the green roof can retain some rainwater for irrigation and canreduce the heating/cooling costs by providing lower temperatures aroundair intake systems. McWhorter Hall is the Project Innovations 2011 MeritWinner for New Construction.
ila D. Bunch Library boiler system upgraded to CREST CondensingBoiler for an average monthly fuel savings of 24.5 percentBelmont University Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) developeda business plan for the nonprofit Spring Back Recycling, whichemployees homeless and former convicts to recycle mattresses.In the first six months, more than 1,700 mattresses weredisassembled and recycled. Read more or view the WKRN-TVreport.Sustainability Task Force formed in 2010, bringing togetherstudent, faculty, staff and administrative leaders to implementnew initiatives to make Belmont a more green, sustainableinstitution.Reduced electricity usage by 9% over last year across campusRecycling of office paper across campusRemoval of bottled water on campusComposting all Belmont yard wasteCommunity garden initiative
Use of green cleaning products in Plant OpsSodexhos discontinuing use of trays in cafeteria ( for water conservation) andending use of non-recyclable plasticsNew construction will include greener heating/cooling temperature control methodsand improved water conservationMeters installed in all dorms to track electricity usageBelmont was a lead university in Environmental Protection Agency effort to identifyand remediate potential sources of environmental problems on campus.Environmental Management System (EMS) program instituted on campus. (This maybe Belmonts single most important initiative in reducing long-term environmentaldamage.)In partnership with Blessed Earth.org, we have hosted several Christian FaithDevelopment convocations on how to be good stewards of the Creation.Additional recycling bins placed in Belmont apartment complexes; residents areencouraged to take advantage of this and dramatically increase their volume ofrecycling.New student organization Slow Food Belmont formed to practice and educate abouturban gardening and so much more! See Slow Food Belmonts Facebook page formore info.Residence Life sold about $15,000 worth of energy star products to students. Theyare looking to expand the product offering in the future.Lights in vending machines have been turned off.Belmont was published in the Green Awakenings report on sustainability at Christianuniversities. The report was done by the nonprofit grassroots organization Renewal,and the Belmont ONE Club wrote the section on Belmont.WeCars are available for students to use. They are located in the parking spacesbetween the Curb Event Center and Maddox/Wright Residence Halls.