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Environmental Policy

Belmont University Environmental Policy 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 Heath & Safety Team (EH&ST) 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 EH&ST.

  3. The choosing of objectives from the aspect and impact review by the EH&ST, 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 EH&ST to assess progress on attaining objectives and sharing these audit reports with the Senior Leadership Team.

The EH&ST 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 EH&S Records EH&S Team

Organizing School of Science Efforts Ray Seely & Vanessa Bright

Organizing School of Art Efforts Jennifer Haston

Organizing Plant Operations Efforts Mark Grones

Organizing School of Pharmacy Efforts Heather Hensley

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 EH&S Team 

Organizing other campus areas as needed Office of Risk Management

Performing Annual Program Review Office of Risk Management