CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – In the last several years, Austin Peay State University has worked steadily to become a more environmentally friendly institution. A sustainable campus fee was developed in 2008 to fund green initiatives, such as recycling projects, energy and water conservation and the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles. The University has also added solar panels at the APSU Environmental Education Center, installed Brita Hydration Stations to the residence halls and put in better irrigation systems for landscaping in certain areas of campus.
At 2 p.m. on Sept. 10, APSU President Tim Hall will join Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers on the front steps of the Browning Administration Building on campus for a ribbon cutting that designates APSU as a green member of the local community. The ceremony is part of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Green Certification Program, which was designed to help organizations learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship.
In addition to developing an environmental plan for campus and tracking improvements in energy consumption, APSU Environmental, Health and Safety Manager Dr. Kristen Spicer and Tom Hutchins, director of APSU Physical Plant Operations, attended a three-part series of green certification workshops hosted by the program.
The idea for the certification program originated from a Leadership Clarksville study group and is based on successful environmental initiatives that have originated globally.
For more information on APSU’s green efforts, contact Spicer at firstname.lastname@example.org.