MC receives BRAVO! Award for sustainability efforts

MC receives BRAVO! Award for sustainability efforts

June 19, 2015

Keep Blount Beautiful recently presented Maryville College with the 2015 BRAVO! Lidvall Sustainability Stewardship Award, which recognizes local businesses organizations for instituting environmental initiatives and going above and beyond to be more environmentally friendly.

“These organizations reflect a positive image to Blount County citizens and visitors,” according to Keep Blount Beautiful.

The award is named in honor of Dee Lidvall, a longtime member of the Alcoa Garden Club who passed away in 2013. The recipient of the award receives a BRAVO! Yard sign to showcase for one year and a plaque.

During the BRAVO! Award Ceremony on June 5, Keep Blount Beautiful praised Maryville College’s sustainability efforts on campus – both indoors and outdoors.

“Maryville College has proven its commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship over the years, and it’s an honor to be recognized by Keep Blount Beautiful for our efforts,” said Bruce Guillaume, founder and director of Mountain Challenge, the College’s unique outdoor adventure program.

Guillaume cited a number of sustainability initiatives and features on campus, including:

  • Crawford House, the College’s 139-year-old farmhouse that is home to the Mountain Challenge program, was awarded LEED Gold in 2013. It is the oldest of five existing buildings in Tennessee – and the second oldest in the country – to receive LEED Gold certification. Up to 50 percent of the building’s electricity is generated on site from a solar array, 90 percent of its waste stream is recycled and 60 percent of its purchases are local.
  • MC’s newly renovated Anderson Hall, which was originally built in 1870, recently opened after an extensive interior renovation that included several sustainable features, most notably the preservation and reuse of the exterior shell of the building.
  • Guided by a 10-year stewardship plan, the College maintains a 140-acre College Woods, the largest forested space in the City of Maryville and designated as a Tennessee Stewardship Forest. A 100-Year Woods Plan was developed by the MC Woods Committee to plan for long-term management of the woods.
  • The College participates in a campus-wide, single-stream recycling program that collects about 60 tons of recyclables on campus annually.
  • The College is an institutional member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a charter participant in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS), which awarded a bronze rating to Maryville College for sustainability on campus.
  • The College is a member of the GoGreenET Green Business Recognition Program and was selected as a Green Achiever in April 2012.
  • The College’s “Renewing Our Strength” strategic plan includes goals and objectives for sustainability and energy efficiency.
  • Maryville College offers a major in environmental studies, and the College recently added minors in outdoor studies and tourism, as well as sustainability studies.
  • The College’s steam plant is the first and only in the state of Tennessee to make steam with wood waste. The steam plant was built as a cogeneration demonstration project for the 1982 World’s Fair. The mostly automated process burns about one ton per hour and provides heat for all but four campus buildings.
  • MC maintains a college-level presidential advisory committee on ecological issues, the Campus Sustainability Group (CSG).  
  • In 2010, the College approved its first campus sustainability plan.
  • Several MC faculty members are engaged in sustainability-related research, and many MC courses are sustainability-focused or sustainability-related.
  • The College has two Solar Dok picnic tables that provide solar-powered electricity for students who want to plug in or charge their electric devices.

For more information about sustainability at Maryville College, please visit

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications

Maryville College is a nationally-ranked institution of higher learning and one of America’s oldest colleges. For more than 200 years, we’ve educated students to be giving citizens and gifted leaders, to study everything, so that they are prepared for anything — to address any problem, engage with any audience and launch successful careers right away. Located in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the city of Knoxville, Maryville College offers nearly 1,200  students from around the world both the beauty of a rural setting and the advantages of an urban center, as well as more than 60 majors, seven pre-professional programs and career preparation from their first day on campus to their last. Today, our 10,000 alumni are living life strong of mind and brave of heart and are prepared, in the words of our Presbyterian founder, to “do good on the largest possible scale.”