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Environmental Wellness is the ability to recognize our own responsibility for the quality of the air, the water and the land that surrounds us. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our environmental wellness.


Being aware of the natural environment you live in

  • Recognizing opportunities that lead you to new skills and acting on those opportunities
  • Working to ensure the stability and longevity of our natural resources
  • Participating in activities that protect the environment


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Campus Organizations

Alternative Energy Club

Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR)


Vanderbilt Students for Cetaceans

Vanderbilt Water Professionals Student Chapter


Local Organizations

Garden Club of Nashville

Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Tennessee Environmental Council

Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc.


Choose Reusable

Save paper and plastic and use reusable items.  Bring your own cloth shopping bags when you go to the store, use your own water bottle instead of buying plastic water bottles, and buy paper, clothes, and other items made from recycled materials.


Eat local.

Take advantage of local farmers’ markets, CSAs, and restaurants that serve local foods. Not only do local foods have more nutrients due to usually being consumed closer to harvest, eating local foods also saves a lot of pollution caused by transportation.

Turn it off.

Whether it’s a faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or the TV when you leave the room, if you aren’t using something turn it off. Doing so will save a lot of water and energy. Added bonus: It will also lower your bills.

Make your travel environmentally friendly.

When possible walk, ride your bike, or take public transportation. Also check out Nashville’s bike sharing program.

Clean green.

Using natural or homemade cleaning products is better for you, your home, pets, and the environment. Most household cleaners have a lot of toxic chemicals in them.

Stop your junk mail.

Remove yourself from any unnecessary mailing lists and contact companies to receive information electronically, when possible.