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Environment and Conservation Organization (ECO),

formerly O.N.E., Belmont's Environmental Club, provides interaction with students across campus who are interested in environmental issues. Activities include river clean-ups, exotic plant removals, Earth Day awareness events, nature hikes, and environmentally-focused guest speakers. Dr. John Niedzwiecki is the faculty advisor for ECO.

Belmont's ECO is on Facebook
Find us there to get more information on events throughout the year.

Ninth Annual Environmental Lecture Series
present:  Jim Pfitzer as Aldo Leopold in A Standard of Change
February 5, 2014
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Troutt Theater

24th Annual Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 15, 2014
Keynote Address 5:30 PM
Student Presentations 12:00 - 5:00 PM and 7:00 - 10:00 PM

School of Sciences Colloquium
October 10  4:00 PM     Beaman A & B Dr. Christopher Herlihy, MTSU, will present: What can tiny plants tell us about big questions in plant evolution?
November 8      2:00 PM Beaman A & B                Dr. Harold Reiter, UNC Charlotte, will present: Fusing Dots, Antidots, and Black Holes

 Environmental Science students Adopt-A-Stream
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For their service learning project in ENV 1110, Introduction to Environmental Science, five students adopted a section of Richland Creek in Nashville and organized a stream clean-up day on Saturday, October 19, 2013.  The Belmont students organizing the clean-up were Megan Brady, Walter Burn, Luke Castle, Katie Keast, and Jessie Wynn.  Six additional students and Dr. Panvini, professor of the course, assisted in the clean-up event. Richland Creek is an urban watershed with 5 major tributaries: Sugartree, Unnamed Tributary, Jocelyn Hollow, Vaughn’s Gap, and Belle Meade, along with many smaller branches that feed the system.  


The Adopt-A-Stream program, part of the Nashville Metro Water Services, lasts for a period of 2 years and requires at least one stream clean-up per year and the stenciling of storm drains leading to the adopted stream segment. Metro Water Services provides a sign acknowledging the adopting group and stream. Belmont’s official sign is posted at England Park between the walking trail and Richland Creek.

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2013-2014 ECO Club Officers:

President --  Sarah Gilmore                                    
Vice-President -- Megan Swaine
Secretary -- Ashley Allen
Treasurer -- Katie Zimmerman 

Fall 2013 Club Meetings and Activities
September 4

 10:00 AM

  O.N.E. Club meeting
September 15     2:00 PM   Club Picnic at Sevier Park
September 18   10:00 AM   O.N.E. Club meeting
October 2  10:00 AM   ECO meeting
October 13  11:00 AM     Hike in Kingston Springs
October 16  10:00 AM  HSB309    ECO Meeting
October 19         9:30 AM - 12:30 PM                     Clean up at Richland Creek - Belmont's Environmental  Science program has adopted a segment of Richland Creek and needs your help during this clean-up day
October 21   7:00 - 8:30 PM    Green Fire Documentary -- Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time -- screening and discussion with Environmental Science students and faculty

Ghouls at Grassmere

Students from ECO volunteered at Ghouls at Grassmere on October 21, 2013, the Nashville Zoo's Halloween event.The students worked the game booths including basketball, skee ball, slingshots and a high striker.  It was a cold but very fun time for the ECO members.  This annual Nashville Zoo fundraiser is a community favorite with exciting Halloween activities for children and their families.  Here are some photos from the fun event:

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Students host Environment Fair
env groupAs part of the Environmental Science Capstone course, taught by Dr. Darlene Panvini, the students hosted an Environment Fair on the last day of classes.  The students presented posters on a variety of topics including fracking, community gardens, tree ordinances, exotic pest plant management in state parks, land protection in TN, and global climate change.  The Our Natural Environment (O.N.E.) club, Belmont's Environmental Club, also hosted a bake sale and raised over $100 to donate to a local environmental organization.