Sustainability Projects On Campus
In the fall of 2017, an APSU student won the Great Green Idea annual student competition with a concept for a bike-share program on campus. In the spring of 2018, the Sustainable Campus Fee Committee awarded funds to initiate BCycle bikes in partnership with the Clarksville Parks and Recreation BCycle program.
Thanks to a generous donor, APSU installed Eastern Bluebird houses across campus in 2017-18. They serve to beautify our campus, ensure a healthy bird population, and support courses in Ecology and Ornithology. Once the boxes are established they will have the potential to support research projects.
In 2013, APSU students funded two energy-reducing projects with the Sustainable Campus Fee. A car charging station and a nearby solar canopy were installed for Electric Vehicles (EV) in the Ninth Street parking lot. The cars are powered by the canopy which is powered by the sun, resulting in little environmental impact to drive!
While it may seem like a simple thing to do, keeping produce waste out of the trash can, and out of the landfill really adds up. In the course of a semester, the APSU compost keeps 3,380 dry gallons of produce waste out of landfills and turns it into plant food!
The Native Plant Teaching and Research Garden has over 300 species of plants, and we’re consistently adding more to it. The majority of the species are Tennessee natives, but there are some additional species native to a few of the surrounding state—but still native to the Southeast.
The Native Meadow was planted in Spring 2019 on the West side of the Morgan University Center to beautify campus and better manage stormwater. By switching the grass landscape to a mosaic of native plants, the Meadow will be self-watering and need little to no maintenance after one year.