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Sustainability Project Events, 10/24-10/30

If you missed Van Jones, "Rebuild the American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond," you can watch the video here:

View the new blog, ecoVanderbilt, based on the OACS Eco Rolling Seminar, "A Look at the Environment through the Lens of Mountain Top Removal" in Hindman, KY.

Green Bag Luncheon Series: Backyard Composting

Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189
Presenters: Jeffrey Ezell, Metro Beautification & Environment Commission; Emily Thompson, All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply Company

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, including: "Cooking with Local and Sustainable Foods from the VU Farmer's Market," visit,, or contact SEMO.

Joe Bozich: "A Sustainable Corporate Model: Changing Lives One Shirt at a Time"

Thursday, October 27, 4:10pm, Buttrick 102
Joe Bozich (VU class of 1985) has over 20 years of extensive manufacturing, sourcing, marketing and operations experience. Bozich founded Knights Apparel in 2000, and in 2007 Knights passed Nike as the leading supplier of college-logo apparel to American universities. Knights Apparel also holds exclusive rights with the NBA, NASCAR, and the NHL. In 2010, Knights opened the Alta Gracia factory in Villa Altagracia, Dominican Republic. It now produces college logo apparel for more than 400 universities. Alta Gracia is the only apparel company in the world that pays its workers a living wage, embraces a factory union, provides a safe workplace, and welcomes unrestricted monitoring of its factory by an independent labor rights watchdog. Of this business model, Bozich contends, “We’re hoping to prove that doing good can be good business, that they’re not mutually exclusive.”

This event is organized by Vanderbilt Students for Nonviolence and co-sponsored by the American Studies Sustainability Project.

Tar Sands Action

Transition Nashville is organizing a charter bus to take people to the demonstration against Climate Change and the Keystone XL Pipeline in Washington, DC Nov. 6. This is an opportunity to make a difference in the battle against climate change. This is a peaceful demonstration that is not expected to lead to any arrests. The organizers have permits and permission. Anyone interested in joining those from Nashville who want to support this very important effort should email as soon as possible. For more information on Tar Sands Action, visit

  • Departure: 7 am Saturday, Nov. 5
  • Return: 7 pm Monday, Nov. 7
  • Accommodations: There have been offers for free places to stay Saturday and Sunday nights (sleeping bag style) in churches and homes.
  • Cost: may be subsidizing or paying for a bus, so there might not be any cost involved. The estimated cost for the bus, without subsidies, is $100 per person round-trip.


For more information, visit Transition Nashville on

Transition Nashville is a volunteer group that promotes the transition away from fossil fuel dependence toward more local resilience.

Next Week

International Lens: O'er the Land (2009)

Wednesday, November 2, 7:00pm, Sarratt Cinema
(Discussion led by Jonathan Rattner, Film Studies)
Through a meditative stream of sounds and imagery, this avant-garde documentary imposes a philosophical touch on various symbols of American identity. Guns, planes, flamethrowers, football games, border patrol officers, and the landscape of the U.S. Southwest are among the heroic and iconic symbols presented as subjective reminders of the way Americans have come to understand freedom, progress, and strength and that these same technologies can come at a high cost to the nation’s social and environmental landscapes. English. Not Rated. 51 mins. DVD. Held in conjunction with the American Studies year-long program on sustainability. Funding provided by the American Studies Sustainability Project and the Film Studies Department. This event is free and open to the public

Sustainability Events in October:

  • Green Bag Luncheon Series: Backyard Composting, Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189.
  • Joe Bozich: A Sustainable Corporate Model: Changing Lives One Shirt at a Time, Thursday, October 27, 4:00pm, Buttrick 102
  • The Tennessee Sustainable Economy Summit , October 28-29, 2011 at Lipscomb University

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Upcoming Events

10/26 12:00 p.m.
Green Bag Luncheon Series: Backyard Composting

10/27 4:00 p.m.
Joe Bozich: A Sustainable Corporate Model: Changing Lives One Shirt at a Time

The Tennessee Sustainable Economy Summit at Lipscomb University

11/2 7:00 p.m.
I-Lens: O'er the Land

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

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


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