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Sustainability Week Events

Sustainability Week 2019

    Sustainability Week Events, April 11 - 25

  • Dan Riskin: “What the Maggot in my Scalp Taught Me about the Process of Science”
    04-11-2019 | 5 p.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Room 2094

    Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS) Keynote Address

    Noted advocate for improving the understanding of bat biology, biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems around the world, Dr. Dan Riskin received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and is a world-renowned expert on evolution and biometrics. He is the host of Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me and the author of the book Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You. He’s been on The Tonight Show, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a number of specials on The Discovery Channel. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

  • Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration
    04-12-2019 | 10 a.m. | Ginkgo Tree near the intersection of Bernard and 15th, close to Horrell Hall*

    Each year, in celebration of Arbor Day, Belmont showcases a special tree on campus. This year, we’ve chosen to showcase the Ginko Tree (Ginkgo biloba). Steve Lasley, VP of Finance & Operations, will give a brief description and history of the Ginko Tree. Refreshments provided.

    *The Ginkgo tree is located in the Junipers, left side, just past the Maple as you walk past Horrell Hall 15th sidewalk entrance.

  • Campus Tree & Bird Walk
    04-12-2019 | 10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. | *Ginkgo Tree
    Join Belmont’s leadership, faculty, staff and students as we celebrate Arbor Day 2019 by honoring one of Belmont’s recently planted trees. After a brief ceremony, Belmont Grounds & Landscaping Manager Melissa Finan and local birder Dr. Frank Fekel will lead attendees on an urban tree and bird walk through campus.
    *Following Arbor Day Tree Planting at Ginkgo Tree
  • Creek Cleanup
    04-13-2019 | England Park (811 Delray Drive Nashville, TN 37209)

    The Belmont University ECO club is hosting a creek cleanup at England park. Make sure to bring water and shoes/clothes you don’t mind getting wet/dirty.

    For more information and to rsvp, contact Tori Hongo.

  • Plastic Bag Drive
    04-15-2019 | Residence Halls & Complexes
    Sponsored by the Office of Residence Life
    In an effort to promote sustainability on campus, the Office of Residence Life is holding a plastic bag drive in all campus residence complexes. Plastic bags can be brought to the front desk of any on-campus residential complex. Students that turn in two or more plastic bags may receive a Belmont reusable canvas bag.
  • Belmont in Bloom featuring Judy Fisher
    04-15-2019 | 10 a.m. | Massey Center Room 103
    Adelicia Acklen and her husband Joseph Acklen built the Belmont Mansion in 1853 in the style of an Italian villa and set amidst elaborate gardens. Join Judy Fisher as she shares how Belmont University continues Adelicia’ s original aesthetic with a love for garden, nature and conservancy.
  • Sustainability Fair & Clothing Drive
    04-16-2019 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. | South Lawn*
    Visit a variety of vendors and booths to learn more about community sustainability initiatives. Clothing donations will be accepted for convocation credit.
    *South Lawn between Grand Atrium and Wright/Maddox, on the sidewalk in front of Johnson & Baskin
    Sponsored by SGA & the Biology Department.
  • Engineering Modern Solutions for the Environment
    04-17-2019 | 10 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Room 3084

    Greenroofs provide important benefits for urban environments including serving as habitat for wildlife. In this convo, we will examine how these environments are utilized by different species of birds. In addition, the Belmont Engineering, Architecture, and Robotics Club (BEAR) will unveil their motion-activated bird feeder that will be placed on the Biology/Environmental Science

  • Nashville Earth Day Festival
    04-20-2019 | 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Centennial Park

    Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day. The event features exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment and living green.

    For more information or to volunteer, visit

  • Earth Day Festival Bike Valet
    04-20-2019 | Various Times | Centennial Park

    Walk Bike Nashville will provide a free bicycle (and scooter) valet parking at the Nashville Earth Day Festival. To volunteer to help check bikes in/out and talk to community members about Walk Bike Nashville’s work, visit

  • Chapel - Earth Day featuring Dr. Robert Fisher
    04-22-2019 | 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. | Janet Ayers Academic Center Chapel

    Dr. Robert Fisher was involved in Earth Day from the very beginning. He has overseen a number of major conservation and sustainability efforts in both his native Arkansas and in Tennessee. As Belmont’s President since 2000, he has led us to win numerous awards for our environmental achievements.

  • The Wild and Scenic Film Festival
    04-25-2019 | 7 p.m. | Franklin Theatre

    Harpeth Conservancy is proud to host the 17th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Enjoy watching films that leave you inspired and motivated to make a difference in your community and the world. These environmental and adventure films illustrate the Earth’s beauty, while also showing the challenges facing our planet and the communities working to protect it.

    More information and tickets here.

Other Events

Fresh Friday Food Ministry Pick-up & Distribution

Various Dates & Times
Location: St. Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church, 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
Volunteers meet at Whole Foods to retrieve donated food and then distribute food at St. Luke’s. For more information, visit  


Grow Gardens with the Nashville Food Project

Various Dates & Times
The Nashville Food Project gardens are vibrant growing spaces that supply organic produce for Hands On Nashville meal programs. Volunteer to help with garden tasks that include planting, weeding, composting and harvesting. Dress in clothes that can get dirty while you work and boots, sneakers or closed-toe shoes. For more information, visit