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American Studies Sustainability Project

Tonight: Join VIVA and Vandy Dining for a vegetarian/vegan dinner at the Commons from 5-7pm.

Sustainability Events, 4/16 - 4/22

Sandor Katz: "Fermenting Change in Foods, Food Systems, and Society"

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00-5:15 p.m.
Buttrick Hall, room 101

“His first two books, Wild Fermentation and The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved, have become manifestos and how-to manuals for a generation of underground food activists.”
-The New Yorker magazine profile of Sandor Katz (“Nature’s Spoils,” 11/22/10)

In his talk, Katz will discuss how and why food movements are flourishing in communities across America, and preview ideas in his new book, The Art of Fermentation (forthcoming in June, with an introduction by Michael Pollan).

Sponsored by: The American Studies Program Sustainability Project

Nashville Transit Week, 2012

The 4th Annual Transit Week starts April 16. This week is all about public outreach and events that are designed to encourage ridership and create awareness of transit in the greater Nashville area. We hope you can make it out to one of these events or at the very least ride the bus!

  • Mon. April 16 – All A-Board with Mayor Karl Dean
  • Tues. April 17 – Catch the Circuit to the Market
  • Wed. April 18 – Transit Means Business
  • Thurs. April 19 – Music City Star Excursion
  • Fri. April 20 – Put the Music in Music City Circuit
  • Sat. April 21 – Live Green & Healthy – Take Transit to Earth Day!
  • Sun. April 22, 2012 – LIVE IT UP! Downtown Home Tour

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Green Bag Luncheon Series: Northwest Earth Institute Course Intro

Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00pm, Sarratt 189
Join Rebecca Selove (Peabody ’84) and her husband John Patrick, Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) Ambassadors, for an introduction to NWEI small discussion groups, which explore the meaning of sustainability and the environmental impact of choices and actions during multiple, discussion-based sessions covering various topics, such as:

  • Choices for Sustainable Living, a seven-session course that explores the meaning of sustainable living and ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth;
  • Menu for the Future, a six-session discussion guide exploring the connection between food and sustainability;
  • Voluntary Simplicity, a five-session discussion guide that supports alternatives to the distractions of modern society that keep us from caring for ourselves, our relationships, and our environment; and
  • Healthy Children - Healthy Planet, a seven-session discussion guide about how the pervasive effects of advertising, media, and our consumer culture can influence a child’s view of the world.

Selove and Patrick will bring NWEI discussion booklets on multiple topics and will explain how groups get started and what happens during discussion groups. So bring your lunch and join us to learn about sustainable living course offerings available through NWEI!

For more information or to view past Green Bag sessions, visit,, or contact SEMO.

Shade Grown: Coffee House and Open Mic Night

Wednesday, April 18, 5:00 pm
Commons Dining Hall

Please join the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) as we celebrate Earth Day with Shade Grown, a coffee house and open mic night showcasing creative performances related to sustainability and the environment. SEMO will be partnering with Vanderbilt Dining and the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies to provide free shade grown coffee and cake. The event will take place Wednesday, April 18 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm in the Commons Dining Hall, please come out and join us! If you know of any students or staff who would be interested in sharing poetry, spoken word, songs, stand-up comedy, or other short performances related to sustainability and the environment, please have them contact our office by emailing or calling 3.2784.

While advance notice of intent to perform is not required, participants giving advance notice will be given priority. Contributors are encouraged to limit performances to 10 minutes or less. Consideration will be given to longer works; however, advanced notification is required.

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Upcoming Events

4/17 4:00 p.m.
Sandor Katz: "Fermenting Change in Foods, Food Systems, and Society"

4/18 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Northwest Earth Institute Course Intro

4/18 5:00 p.m.
Shade Grown: An Evening of Environmental Poetry, Spoken Word, Songs, Comedy and Short Performances

5/17 12:00 p.m.
David Friedman: "Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living"


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