Fisk University stressed the importance of going green at its unveiling of its new campus recycling program.
Fisk will work with the state Department of Environment and Conservation, Metro Public Works, and other organizations to provide more easily accessible recycling.
The university's president said it has a duty to get the ball rolling on eco-friendly initiatives.
"What we're doing is not because of saving money. It's not because of anything except it's our responsibility to protect the earth," said President Kevin D. Rome.
A total of 47 recycling bins will be placed on campus. The school was also given $6,000 grant from the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Local partners will also help educate and provide campus recycling.