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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.


 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.

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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 17                10:00 AM      WAC3081  ECO Club meeting

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.