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American Studies Sustainability Project

Sustainability Events, 1/23 - 1/29

Green Bag Luncheon Series: Sustainable Food Choices Offered by VU Dining/Cooking with Herbs

Wednesday, January 25, Sarratt 189
Presenters: Suzanne Herron, VU Dining; Stacey Kendrick, Health Plus

Sponsored by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project, the Green Bag luncheon series focuses on the environment and sustainability, both at work and at home. This educational series features informal lunchtime discussions and/or workshops, from sustainable food and dining choices to backyard composting to utility savings at home and work and much more. So bring your lunch and join us to learn interesting ways to incorporate sustainability into your life!

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

Next Week

Road Trip Sign-up: Nashville Environmental Justice

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Explore key sites in the battle for environmental justice in Nashville with David Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography at Tennessee State University; Joe Bandy, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching; and local activists. Sites include the communities of Edgehill, Bordeaux, North Nashville, and East Nashville. Guest speakers include:

  • Dr. Robert Wingfield, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Fisk University
  • Sizwe Herring, Executive Director of Earth Matters Tennessee and Urban Agriculture Specialist for Community Food Advocates
  • Matthew Walker, Organizer, the Community at Bordeaux
  • Kimberly Jackson, Doctoral Student at the Institute for Sustainable Practice, Lipscomb University

The bus will leave from Kirkland Hall at 1pm and return at approximately 5pm.

Email to register. This trip is part of the American Studies Sustainability Project.

Upcoming Community Events

Introduction to Northwest Earth Institute Small Group Discussion Courses

Friday, February 3 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., David Lipscomb University, Ezell Center-Room 138
Since 1996, over 100,000 people nationwide (in work places, faith communities, schools, nonprofits, and neighborhoods) have participated in these courses developed by NWEI (a nonprofit based in Portland OR). Now they're coming to Nashville! Come and learn more. Some example course titles are "Menu for the Future," "Voluntary Simplicity," and "Healthy Children - Healthy Planet." For details, visit the Transition Nashville Meetup Page.

Stay Connected and Spread the Word!


Upcoming Events

1/25 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Sustainable Food Choices

2/4 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Road Trip: Nashville Environmental Justice

2/9 4:10 p.m.
Peter Gleick, Conflicting Visions for Water: Common Property or Private Good?

2/23 All Day
Spring Literary Symposium: Sustainability and Creative Writing

Symposium: "Barriers to Renewable Energy"

3/1 4:10 p.m.
Elinor Ostrom, Updating the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons

3/20 4:10 p.m.
David Bollier, The Commons as a Counterpoint to the Market/State Duopoly


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