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Sustainability Events, 10/31-11/6

Streaming video is available for Joe Bozich, "A Sustainable Corporate Model: Changing Lives One Shirt at a Time" and the Green Bag Luncheon, “Backyard Composting.”

FLiCX: Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30pm, Belcourt Theater
(Discussion led by Jim Davidson, School of Engineering)
In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance. In "Revenge of the Electric Car," director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever.

Visit the Belcourt Theater website for ticket information.

Belcourt Schedule :

  • Fri, Oct 28 @ 7:00 - Special Event
  • Sat, Oct 29 @ 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25
  • Sun, Oct 30 @ 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:25
  • Mon, Oct 31 @ 4:45, 7:00
  • Tue-Thu, Nov 1-3 @ 5:30**, 7:30, 9:30

**The Dean of Students will purchase tickets for the Wednesday, November 2 (5:30pm), screening for Vanderbilt students who register at, and who agree to remain for the post-screening discussion.

International Lens: O'er the Land (2009)

Thursday, November 3, 7:00pm, Sarratt Cinema
(Discussion led by Jonathan Rattner, Film Studies)
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.

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. Visit I-Lens for more information.

This event is free and open to the public.

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

Next Week

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.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sustainability Events in November:

  • 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.

Stay Connected and Spread the Word!


Upcoming Events

11/2 5:30 p.m.
FLiCX: Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

11/3 7:00 p.m.
I-Lens: O'er the Land (2009)

Vanderbilt Green Fund Proposals Due

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

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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