Belmont Named as a Sierra Club “Cool School”
Belmont University was recently included on the Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools,” a ranking released each year to recognize schools across the country who excel in areas of sustainability and conservation. Recognized with a “Gold” ranking, up last year from the institution’s Bronze status, Belmont received its highest scores in the ranking’s Co-Curricular, Energy and Waste categories.
Launched in 2015, Belmont’s Conservation Covenant challenges all members of the university to take care of God’s creation, a charge the institution takes very seriously. It’s why Belmont serves as an arboretum to preserve more than 100 species of trees and shrubs and carefully manages water usage for irrigation. It’s also why the university builds and maintains green roofs, constructs new buildings to LEED-certified standards and utilizes a geothermal energy system that uses the Earth’s core to heat and cool campus buildings.
Created to honor those schools that illustrate their commitment to sustainability, as well as their ability to make significant change across their campus, the 2016 rankings included more than 200 four-year schools from across the country. For the full ranking of 2016’s “Coolest Schools,” click here.