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Sustainability Initiatives

Belmont's Conservation Covenant Initiatives 

  • Platinum LEED certification for the Janet Ayers Academic Center, making Belmont the first University in Tennessee and the first LEED for New Construction project in Nashville to achieve that level, the highest in the LEED ratings system

  • Gold LEED certification for both the Baskin and Johnson Centers

  • Free and available BLINK charging stations in parking garages, bike racks across campus and a campus wide car-sharing program to encourage more energy efficient modes of transportation

  • A composting system that converts food and cardboard waste into enriched soil additives through large dehydrators, reducing overall waste from food operations

  • A geothermal heating and cooling system under the Johnson Center that uses the Earth’s natural temperature to regulate interior climate

  • The recent designation as a Nashville Tree Foundation Arboretum and USA Tree Campus

  • University partnership with Metro Transit Authority (MTA) for students, faculty and staff to use public transportation to and from Belmont for free

  • Meters installed in all dorms to track electricity usage

  • Office of Campus Security migration to hybrid cars for officers

  • The use of recycled materials construction, wherever possible and light harvesting technology to allow natural light

  • An innovative and interactive irrigation system that collects run-off rainwater in underground tanks and utilizes current weather data to dictate the need for water

  • Multiple educational and sustainable green roofs which provide learning labs for students, while serving the environment through better building insulation

  • A partnership with Blessed Earth that includes the hosting of several sustainability events and Conscious College Tour that brings new information and town hall meetings to campus to engage students in conversation about sustainability and living in an eco-friendly way

  • The formation of a new student organization, Slow Food Belmont, to practice and educate on urban gardening

  • The Graduation Pledge Alliance (GPA) that invites students to consider the social and environmental consequences of any future employment

  • A multi-pronged approach for recycling that includes labeled receptacles for paper, cardboard, plastic, aluminum and glass and designated locations for battery disposal, shredded documents and white paper