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Sustainability Events, 11/7-11/13

Land Grabs Teach-In

Wednesday, November 9, 8:00pm-9:00pm
Join the Vanderbilt Campaign for Fair Food in calling for Vanderbilt to invest in sustainable agriculture and to support fair food!

See these articles featured in the Hustler to learn more: "University Accused of Participating in African Land Grabs," "GRESHKO: Vanderbilt's 'black gold,'" and "LETTER: Land Grabs Contradict Vanderbilt's Values."

Organized by the Vanderbilt Campaign for Fair Food.

AEC Green Screen Presents: Waste Land (2010)

Sunday, November 13, 2pm-4 pm, Sarratt Cinema
Waste Land is an Oscar-nominated film about a Brazilian artist who creates masterpieces out of scavenged garbage. The film focuses mainly on the art itself and the lifestyles of those living in the area of Rio that the film analyzes, with the message of conservation and sustainability a strong heartbeat beneath the surface of the action.

Organized by the VU Alternative Energy Club
Sponsors: The American Studies Sustainability Project, East House, The Film Studies Program, The Ingram Commons, The Office of Active Citizenship and Service (OACS), and SPEAR.

This event is free and open to the public.

Next Week

Green Bag Luncheon Series: Celebrating the Holidays Sustainably

Wednesday, November 16, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189
Presenters: Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) staff.

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.

Approaching Deadlines

Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications

Deadline: November 13th
The Vanderbilt Green Fund was established in the spring of 2011 as a way of connecting student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them. We are looking for ideas that are both visible and educational in nature. Past projects awarded have involved solar panels, light sensors, and shower timers. Applications for projects will go out on September 25th and be due on November 13th.

Eligible Projects may include but are not limited to:

  • Reduce energy use and/or water consumption
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Install clean sources of energy
  • Reduce sewage or pollutants
  • Spur behavioral change to reduce energy or material consumption through education

Preference will be given to funding projects that have both environmental and economic benefit to Vanderbilt University.

To submit a proposal or learn more, visit the Vanderbilt Green Fund pageor email

Sustainability-Themed Courses, Spring 2012:

Commons Seminars(1-credit, first-year students only):

  • ES 101.01: Environmental Consequences of Electric Power Generation Approaches with Emphasis on Nuclear Power (James Clarke).
  • ES 101.02: Constructing Vanderbilt's Vrtual Eco-Village (Doug Fisher).
  • SPAN 099: Eco-Conscious Travel (Chalene Helmuth).

...and many more! Visit our Courses on Sustainability page for the full list.

If you would like to list a course or to update your course description, email Derrick.

VISAGE Study Abroad: Sustainable Building Design in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Interest Meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 1st @ 12:15pm, Student Life Center, Rm 109
(Instructor: Lori Troxel, School of Engineering)

This course is open to anyone on campus. It is a one hour seminar in the spring of 2012 and a 4 week study abroad in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a short trip to Spain. Topics include policy and planning for sustainable developments, UK responses to climate change, green economics, and sustainable architecture.

For more information about the VISAGE in Northern Ireland, contact Lori Troxel at or go to the Vanderbilt VISAGE site to apply.

**Application Deadline: November 15, 2011

Sustainability Events in November and December:

  • International Lens Screening: O'er the Land (2009), Thursday, November 3, 7:00pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • AEC Green Screen Presents: Waste Land (2010), Sunday, November 13, 2pm-4pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications Due, Sunday, November 13.
  • Green Bag Luncheon Series: Celebrating the Holidays Sustainably, Wednesday, November 16, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189.
  • AEC Green Screen: Queen of the Sun (2011), Saturday, December 3, 2pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Green Bag Luncheon Series: Utilities Savings at Home and at Work Wednesday, December 7, 12:00 p.m., Sarratt 189.

Stay Connected and Spread the Word!


Upcoming Events

11/13 2:00 p.m.
Green Screen: Waste Land (2010)

Vanderbilt Green Fund Proposals Due

11/15 12:15 p.m.
VISAGE Study Abroad Applications Due

11/16 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Celebrating the Holidays Sustainably

12/3 2:00 p.m.
Green Screen: Queen of the Sun (2011)

12/7 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Utilities Savings at Home and at Work


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