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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.

2014-2015 ECO Club Officers:

President --  Katie Keast                                    
Vice-President -- Lindsay Millward
Secretary -- Haley Stover 

Spring 2015 Club Meetings and Activities

January 16                        

10:00 AM                                    

WAC3081       ECO Club meeting
February 5                                                    4:00 - 5:00 PM                                                                      WAC4094-C                                                       College of Sciences & Mathematics Colloquium Series:  Michelle Oakes, Ph.D., Environmental Protection Agency, will present "The Role of Science in Environmental Policy"
February 20                         10:00 AM WAC3081  ECO Club meeting
February 25 4:00 PM WAC4094 Weed Wrangle -- Invasive Species Awareness Week
Steve Manning will present: Introduction to Invasive Species in Tennessee: Forming a Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area
February 28 9:00 AM - Noon Shelby Park Weed Wrangle Nashville -- Exotic Plant Pull 
ECO Club members will be at Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms Greenway in East Nashville participating in this event
March 18 7:00 - 8:00 PM WAC4094 10th Annual Environmental Science Lecture -- Dr. Jennifer Rehage, Florida International University, will present: "Fish Dynamics in the Coastal Everglades"
March 20                  10:00 AM WAC3081  ECO Club meeting
April 11 9:00 - 11:00 AM

 Richland Creek Clean-up

April 17                10:00 AM      WAC3081  ECO Club meeting

April 20 10:00 AM Chapel  Blessed Earth Chapel -- co-sponsored by the ECO Club

Belmont Selected as Site for Conscious College Road Tour -- Hosts Campus-Wide Information Session and Town Hall Meeting


Belmont University was recently selected as a stop on student-led nonprofit Turning Green’s nationwide road tour to inform, inspire and mobilize college students around conscious living and sustainable practices. Traveling to 16 universities, the Conscious College Road Tour seeks to encourage students to make educated choices in their day-to-day lives that benefit the health of both people and the planet. The event was co-sponsored by the ECO Club.


Click here for more information on the Concious College Road Tour 

Richland Creek Clean-up
Saturday, April 11th from 9:00 - 11:00 AM

cleanupBelmont’s Environment and Conservation (ECO) Club hosted a clean-up for their adopted section of Richland Creek on Saturday, April 11th. Adopted in the fall of 2013 through an environmental science course service learning project, the adoption requires at least one clean-up event be hosted yearly.

Saturday’s event was a part of the Cumberland River Compact’s 2nd Annual Spring Cleaning Day where 10 Belmont students joined nine other Nashville organizations to clean adopted areas. Participants walked the river banks, waded through the water and picked up all trash. Following the event, a lunch was hosted for all participants.

In addition to the ECO Club’s hosted event, a second clean-up is held annually as a project for an environmental science course. Because of the high levels of pollution in the Richland Creek area, President Katie Keast said hosting two annual clean-ups allows the group to take responsibility for their area.


ECO Club Helps With Tree Planting on Belmont's Campus

arborBelmont University was recently honored with the 2014 Tree Campus USA® recognition by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

In honor of Arbor Day and Belmont’s recent designation as a 2014 Tree Campus, the University hosted a tree planting celebration on Friday, March 6. Belmont’s Tree Advisory Committee and the student led Environment and Conservation Organization (ECO) Club was present to celebrate with the University and planted a Colorado Blue Spruce. In addition to the Blue Spruce, five other trees were planted on-campus. ECO provides interaction with students across campus who are interested in environmental issues and sponsors students activities including river clean-ups, exotic plant removals, Earth Day awareness events, nature hikes and environmental guest speaker series.

Vice President of the ECO Club Lindsay Millward said, “I think it is important that Belmont is recognizing these trees so students walking by can appreciate them, and an award like this definitely furthers the sustainability efforts on campus.”




Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 9 a.m. to Noon, was the first-ever WEED WRANGLE NASHVILLE, a one-day, citywide, volunteer effort to help rescue our public parks and green spaces from invasive species through hands-on removal of especially harmful trees, vines and flowering plants. These include bush honeysuckle, Chinese privet, autumn olive, English ivy and winter creeper. Weed Wrangle had over 500 volunteers at the various sites in Nashville.


Belmont University had 22 Belmont students, 1 Belmont alumni, and Dr. Panvini, Biology Professor, representing theEnvironmental Science program and the ECO club. The Belmont group pulled the invasive plants at Shelby Bottoms.

 Environmental Science students Adopt-A-Stream

Richland Creek Clean-Up Event     Saturday, October 25, 2014    
9:00 - 11:00 AM

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.

richland creek

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.