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Sustainability Project Events This Week

Van Jones, "Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond"

Wednesday, October 19, 4:10 pm, Sarratt Cinema
Van Jones presents "Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond" as the 2011-2012 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Series. Jones is the founder of the Oakland, California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and of Green for All, an NGO dedicated to "building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty." In 2008, Jones published the influential volume The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems. In 2008, Time magazine named Jones one of its “Heroes of the Environment.”

Sponsored by the Warren Center and the American Studies Sustainability Project. Contact Allison Thompson,, for additional information.
The lecture will be live cast - watch it here.

Words and Woods Tree Tour

Wednesday, October 19th, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm 117 Alumni Hall
The leaves are turning. On October 19th, at 11:30 a.m., Biology Lecturer Steve Baskauf will lead a tour of the Vanderbilt Arboretum. Baskauf is the creator of Vanderbilt's online tree tour, as well as the creator of Bioimages, an interactive online ecology resource. The tree tour will leave from the Writing Studio at Alumni Hall, and it will be followed by a short writing exercise.

Words and Woods is a series of writing workshops that explores the role of language and writing in relation to the natural world. Sessions involve local excursions, written reflection, and group discussion.

AEC Green Screen Presents: Crude (2010)

Sunday, October 23, 2pm to 4pm, Sarratt Cinema
Crude is a movie documenting an ongoing legal battle between a small village in Ecuador with the gas giant Chevron. A legal drama, the film acts as a David and Goliath story, in which individuals across the world wrangle with a corporate behemoth. This event is free and open to the public.

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: If there is no subsidy for the bus, then the estimated cost for the bus 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

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: "Altagracia: A Sustainable, Living-Wage Business Model"

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. Knights recently opened the Altagracia factory in Villa Alta Gracia, Dominican Republic. Altagracia pays its 120 unionized employees a living wage that is nearly three and a half times the standard minimum wage. Of this business model, Bozich contends, “We’re hoping to prove that doing good can be good business, that they’re not mutually exclusive.” In 2010, the Huffington Post named Bozich the 2010 “Game Changer” in style for his work on the Altagracia Project.

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

Sustainability Events in October:

  • Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond, Wednesday, October 19, 4:10pm-5:30pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Green Screen: Crude (2010): Sunday, October 23, 2pm-4pm, Sarratt Cinema.
  • Green Bag Luncheon Series: Backyard Composting, Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm, Sarratt 189.
  • Joe Bozich: Altagracia: A Sustainable, Living-Wage Business Model, Thursday, October 27, 4:00pm, Buttrick 102
  • The Sustainable Business Summit , March 27-28, 2012 at Lipscomb University

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Upcoming Events

10/19 11:30-12:30p.m.
Words and Woods Tree Tour

10/19 4:10 p.m.
Van Jones, Rebuild The American Dream: Green Jobs & Beyond

10/23 2:00 p.m.
Green Screen: Crude

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

10/27 4:00 p.m.
Joe Bozich: Altagracia: A Sustainable, Living-Wage Business Model

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

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


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