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Belmont University Environmental Policy Statement 2013

Belmont University Mission Statement: Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.

Empowering men and women in a Christian community to engage and transform the world includes educating them to protect and care for Creation. Believing that the natural environment is a gift from God, the university will endeavor to model for its students and the broader community appropriate institutional behaviors which protect the environment including respect for and compliance with all applicable environmental laws and regulations.

Belmont University will prevent pollution and reduce its negative impact on the environment by using renewable resources wherever feasible, educating its population on best environmental practices related to university processes and/or environmental regulations, providing a framework by which improvement will be a continuous, conscientious, and methodical, and by supplying reasonable resources necessary for the attainment of environmental goals and objectives.

Belmont will meet these commitments by: 

  1. The  creation of an Environmental Management System Team (EMST) to develop and recommend environmental objectives as well as solutions to implement those objectives; 

  2. The performance of an initial (and thereafter annual) review of Belmont’s EPA mandated environmental “aspects and impacts” by the EMST.

  3. The choosing of objectives from the aspect and impact review by the EMST, approval of objectives by the Senior Leadership Team, and assignment to the appropriate department on campus for action.

  4. The conduct of quarterly audits by the EMST to assess progress on attaining objectives and sharing these audit reports with the Senior Leadership Team.

The EMST will coordinate its efforts with all ongoing campus environmental initiatives and assist as needed with the planning and coordination of such ongoing campus environmental initiatives whenever possible.

Roles and Responsibilities
Responsibility: Assigned to:
Maintaining EMS Records
Laura Prentice
Organizing  School of Science Efforts Ray Seely
Organizing School of Art Efforts Sabine Schlunk
Organizing Plant Operations Efforts Mark Grones
Organizing School of Pharmacy Efforts Stephen May
Organizing Theatre and Dance Efforts Paul Gatrell
Providing Liaison with Senior Leadership Jason Rogers
Enforcing Compliance with Targets, Objectives, & Goals Senior Leadership, Deans, Chairs, Directors
Performing Quarterly Review of Progress EMS Team (Ray Seely, Sabine Schlunk, Mark Grones, Stephen May, Paul Gatrell, Laura Prentice)
Organizing other campus areas as needed Laura Prentice