Green Honors


Nashville Post names Lipscomb one of Middle Tennessee's 50 green heroes

Fall 2011

Lipscomb University has been named by the Nashville Post as one of Middle Tennessee's 50 Eco-friendly leaders, for the second year in a row. (Online article is available to subscribers here.)

Lipscomb is highlighted in the Post's September/October edition, now available on newsstands, for its continual efforts to promote sustainability education and sustainable operations in the region.

"Few educational institutions have done as much as Lipscomb to foster a regional culture of sustainability and environmental friendliness," stated the Post article. "Founding the Institute for Sustainable Practice in 2008, the school has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement in education."

Included along with Lipscomb in the list of the 50 "green heroes" were Bridgestone Americas, Earth Savers, Gaylord Entertainment, Hemlock Semiconductor, Lee Company, Nissan NA, Tayst and Urban Green Lab.

The Nashville Post recognized a "green hero" as companies and initiatives pushing the envelope in terms of energy efficiency, alternative thinking and general environmental awareness.

"Middle Tennessee has the entrepreneurial and corporate foundations to build a sustainability-based economy that will make many other cities green with envy," says the article.


Nashville Post names Lipscomb one of Music City's greenest organizations

Fall 2010

Lipscomb University has been named one of Music City’s 50 Greenest Companies by Nashville Post magazine. “Lipscomb is also arguably the leading voice for sustainability practices in the Nashville area from a practitioner level,” stated the Post article. “Through its outreach and example, the private liberal arts college has made going green practical.”

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Princeton Review’s Green College Guide features Lipscomb

Spring 2010

Lipscomb University is one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company selected Lipscomb as the only university in Middle Tennessee to be included in a unique new resource for college applicants - “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.” Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

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USGBC Middle Tennessee awards Lipscomb the Green Star Award

Fall 2009

Lipscomb University was awarded the Green Star Award from the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council this past month. The award represents the first time a local university has been honored in the award program’s education category. The 2009 award specifically recognizes Lipscomb’s educational contribution and commitment to the sustainability movement by creating the Institute for Sustainable Practice in fall 2007. The Institute for Sustainable Practice serves community organizations and meets the university's academic needs with the help of critical support from other Lipscomb departments, Dodd Galbreath, executive director of the institute, said.


Lipscomb University received the 2009 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Green Schools - Higher Education

Summer 2009

(cont'd from Green Lipscomb) This curriculum and commitment is deployed through a formal Institute for Sustainable Practice led by Executive Director Dodd Galbreath. The Institute is exclusively organized to advance the practice of sustainability through education, research, training and service to the community and the world. Nineteen graduate students have enrolled in Tennessee's first academic program in sustainability, and undergraduate students are now enrolling in the new sustainability studies. Lipscomb is one of only 66 schools offering environmental and sustainability degrees in the country, and it is the only one in Tennessee. Lipscomb is also modeling the way it creates a green campus between Belmont Boulevard and Granny White Pike. The University has added $21 million in new green construction since 2008. This includes three seperate geothermal systems that have decreased energy expenses by more than 50 percent. One system even paid for itself in 16 months. Other sustainable practices in new construction at Lipscomb University include:

  • Using high performance faucets, toilets and sinks
  • Using energy efficient lighting
  • Using building materials with recycled content
  • Purchasing materials from vendors less than 500 miles away
  • Landscaping with native plants

(Taken from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Time and Trails newsletter, Volume 6, No. 4, June 2009 Special Issue.

Photo: (l-r) Lipscomb University President Dr. Randolph Lowry; Deputy Governor John Morgan; TDEC Commissioner Jim Fyke; Dr. Kent Gallaher, Lipscomb University;  Dr. Susan Galbreath, Lipscomb University; Danny Taylor, Lipscomb University; Tom Wood, Lipscomb University; TDEC Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan.


David Lipscomb Elementary School Received the 2009 Governor's Award for Excellence in Green Schools, K-12

The Governor's Award for Excellence in Green Schools - K-12 went to David Lipscomb Elementary in Nashville. David Lipscomb Elementary School has several outstanding elements in their approach to environmental education. One key element was the creation of a new outdoor classroom for students. The outdoor classroom includes an amphitheater, math patio, a human sundail, weather station, frog pond, birding equipment, rainwater collection system and an area for vegetables, butterflies, and Tennessee native plants. In addition to providing a publicly available recycling receptacle in their parking lot, the school also recycles plastics, aluminum, paper, cardboard, and does its own composting. Since January 2008, 30,000 pounds of mixed recyclables have been collected at Lipscomb and kept out of the landfill. Due to its many accomplishments, David Lipscomb Elementary School has achieved Performer Level in the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Program. It's the first K-4 school in Tennessee to attain highets-leverl Performer status. (Taken from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations's Times and Trails newsletter, Volume 6, No. 4, June 2009 Special Issue.


Feature in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities publication, Advance

Spring 2009

The Institute of Sustainable Practice was featured in the spring 2009 edition of Advance, the biannual publication of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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National Wildlife Federation Exemplary School

September 2008

Listed as one of 65 universities in the nation of exemplary schools offering a sustainability degree in the National Wildlife Federation’s “Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education.”


A Green School Performer

May 2008

After a yearlong process, David Lipscomb Elementary school is only the third school in the state, and the first private school, to earn the top environmental status of “Green School Performer," from the Tennessee Pollution Prevention Partnership. To achieve this status, the elementary school carried out:

  • An energy audit of the campus
  • Continual recycling at the school and bins open to the public
  • Hydroponic gardening
  • Intentional efforts to use less paper
  • Sales of custom re-usable grocery bags to families
  • Re-usable plates and glasses now used in cafeteria
  • A Newspaper collection where more than 7,500 pounds of newspaper was collected and then sold to purchase 100 tree seedlings to replace trees being clear cut in Mexico

Lipscomb Serves as Pilot Campus to Develop STARS Rating System

February 2008

Lipscomb is among 93 colleges and universities across the nation serving as pilot campuses to develop the new STARS rating system, a sustainable self-exam for measuring overall sustainability on college campuses. STARS is being developed by the 440-member Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).