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Sustainability Initiatives

As part of Belmont’s environmental sustainability initiative, the Office of Residence Life has implemented a variety of sustainable practices. These energy-efficient practices help us keep utility costs down, and thus keep living costs down, while also protecting the environment. Our sustainable efforts include replacing light bulbs with CFL (compact fluorescent light) light bulbs, providing recycling stations in each residential complex and exploring new technology options to reduce our carbon footprint.

Energy Conservation Efforts

Below are steps we ask all on-campus students to take in order to contribute to our conservation efforts.

  • Refrigerators purchased and used by students in on-campus residence halls are required to be Energy Star rated and less than 4-cubic feet and 1.8 amps.
  • Residence Life uses CFL light bulbs and asks students to use either CFL or LED light bulbs in their personal appliances.
  • Residence Life requires students to use Smart Strip surge protectors, should they choose to use a surge protector. These devices conserve energy by automatically shutting off power to devices that are not in use. 
Other Sustainability Initiatives

Below is a list of other sustainability initiatives in practice at Belmont University.

  • Recycling is provided in every residential complex. Pieces of university furniture in our apartment complexes are made from recycled wood.
  • The Office of Residence Life hosts an annual energy conservation contest between residential complexes.
  • The Office of Residence Life supports students’ individual sustainability initiatives through The Sustainability Grant for Students.

The Office of Residence Life has a Sustainability Committee tasked with raising student awareness of environmentally-friendly practices throughout the academic year. This committee also works closely with the Environment and Conservation Organization, or Eco Club, a registered campus student group.