Environmental Planning Cooperative


Since 2001, the Environmental Planning Cooperative (EPC) has promoted environmental stewardship and worked to increase awareness of environmental issues on campus. Comprising students, faculty, staff and administrators, the EPC is an umbrella group for all things environmental. It helps to streamline and coordinate green efforts such as:

Recycling Program

In 2006, a group of students, faculty and staff worked together to revamp Rhodes’ recycling program, resulting in a major process overhaul and the purchase of 300 additional recycling bins—nearly triple the number employed formerly. Bins were placed on every floor of all residential, administrative and academic buildings. About 86,000 pounds of paper, plastic and aluminum cans were recycled over the first twelve-month period, thanks to the new system.

Bike Program and Bike Shop

The Rhodes Bike Program lends bikes and accessories to students free of charge. Students may have their own bikes repaired for free at the Bike Shop or learn how to perform maintenance themselves.  Group rides are also coordinated through the Bike Shop. In 2006, the Rhodes Bike Program won a Tennessee Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award.

Other EPC Initiatives

  • Motion sensors for lights have been installed in laundry rooms and public bathrooms.
  • Incandescent lighting is replaced with fluorescent alternatives as bulbs burn out.
  • Rhodes is a Green Power Leader in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Green Power Switch and a partner in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership.