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On the #ConsciousCollege Road again!

This blog post was written by Missy Martin


It is time again for the Conscious College Road Tour! 

I can already hear the sound of zero waste cups clinking together, smell the scent of non-toxic and safe beauty and body products, taste the organic and non-GMO snacks, see a crowd of students learning about conscious living, and feel the powerful, positive change that is about to happen on Belmont’s campus in a few weeks.

Last year, amazing collaboration and transformation took place at Belmont.  Students not only worked together to discuss how to make simple, tangible changes in their own lives but worked together to drive conscious living on campus as a whole.  I remember the scene being picturesque – sun shining, the new Belmont fountain in the background, and a large group of students starting a journey of conventional to conscious.  Curious students passing the information tables would bee line their way to student volunteers to hear what the buzz was all about.

“The event was eco literacy in the making.  A series of lifestyle changes.  A light of positive change ignited.”

Belmont is hosting another road tour because we want to engage and empower more students, start more conscious living conversations, and drive more change in the individual lives of every student and on the overall campus.  The first road tour initiated the discussion of conscious living that previously was not present.  Now, with a foundation from last year, we have the opportunity to make some large-scale transformations.

Since Belmont’s Eco Club is working on a ban the bag initiative on campus, Belmont’s Town Hall Meeting for the tour will be focused on zero waste.  After informing students on zero waste and other topics at the tabling event, I hope students become inspired and mobilized to develop ideas, create a timeline, and implement some amazing plans for zero waste.


I am excited to see students become passionate about conscious living and about wanting to change the world.  The power of the ripple effect is about to unfold not just at Belmont but this amazing, interactive experience is going to take place on 16 other school campuses across the country. Students are going to have the opportunity to use their voices and be catalysts for change. We can’t wait for the Conscious College Road Tour to back!

Turning Green will be blogging from each campus, so follow the tour as it moves to each new school:

3/21/2016 – University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
3/22/2016 – Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
3/24/2016 – University of Montana, Missoula, MT
3/28/2016 – University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE
3/30/2016 – University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
4/04/2016 – West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
4/06/2016 – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
4/08/2016 – Belmont University, Nashville, TN
4/11/2016 – The George Washington University, Washington, DC
4/13/2016 – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
4/18/2016 – Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
4/20/2016 – University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
4/25/2016 – University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
4/27/2016 – UC Davis, Davis, CA
5/02/2016 – Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA
5/04/2016 – UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

This tour is a great opportunity for any college.  Sign up your school for the 2017 Conscious College Road Tour!


A sophomore at Belmont University from Naperville, Illinois, Missy Martin is pursuing a double major in environmental science and social entrepreneurship with a minor and concentration in public relations and contemporary social issues, respectively. She expresses her passion for environmental and food justice through her involvement in speech and debate team where she has competed nationally with a poetry program emphasizing food deserts.  Missy is also the project manager of Cultivate, Belmont University’s student-run garden, which exists to provide the Belmont and Nashville communities with sustainable agricultural options while encouraging individuals to take an active role in their food choices.  Her journey with Turning Green started when she volunteered for the Conscious College Road Tour. PGC provided her the tools and resources to communicate change, and now Missy has the support of many passionate leaders and school administrators.
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