Rhodes College EPC Selected as Winner of 2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award


Publication Date: 7/6/2006

The Rhodes College Environmental Planning Cooperative (EPC) has been selected as winner of the 2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award in the Green Schools Higher Education Category for the Rhodes College Bike Program.

Winners for 2006 represent outstanding individuals, organizations and businesses from across the state and will be honored during a ceremony on June 23 at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards cover 12 categories: Agriculture/Forestry; Aquatic Resource Preservation; Building Green; Energy Leadership; Environmental Education and Outreach; Green Schools; Greenways and Trails; Hazardous Waste Management; Lifetime Achievement; Natural Heritage Conservation; Parks and Recreation; and Pollution Prevention.

Rhodes has been recognized for its Bike Program officially established in 2005 to provide bikes as an alternative mode of transportation to cars on campus. Bikes were secured through donations, and 15 are available for students to check out at no cost. It is the goal of the Rhodes Environmental Planning Cooperative to increase the number of bikes to at least 20 to open the program up to staff and faculty as well as students.

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In 1999 after attending an Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) Sustainable Campus Development Clinic, a group of Rhodes faculty and students were inspired to work as a team to advance environmental and sustainability issues at Rhodes. The EPC was established on campus in 2001 and aims to be an advisory committee to the college to aid in institutionalizing sustainable practices and ideals throughout every aspect of college functioning such as energy usage, purchasing, waste reduction and disposal, building construction, and technology.