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Rooted Community Health wins 2016 football “Greenest Group on Campus” award

Posted by on Monday, October 3, 2016 in Athletics, Dining, News, Sustainability Competition.

Rooted Community Health has been named winner of the 2016 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Florida game October 1 with a catered tailgate event, tickets to the game, an autographed football from Coach Derek Mason, and an on-field award ceremony during the game. Accepting the award on behalf of the group was John Compton.

Winner PhotoThe sustainability competition, presented by Waste Management, Vanderbilt Athletics, and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), invited all Vanderbilt groups, teams, departments, classes and campus organizations to compete for the title of “greenest group on campus” by detailing what sustainable actions their group routinely implement to reduce, reuse or recycle; save energy or water; use mass transit and alternative transportation options; or any other innovative sustainability programs going on within their department or organization.

Rooted Community Health, a VU/VUMC initiative that explores the intersection of human health, ecology and sustainability, was recognized for their efforts to bring together members of Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the Nashville community to encourage and enhance our community’s health through community engagement, scholarship, and research. Rooted Community Health members are also members of two national collaboratives: the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative and the Menus of Change University Research collaborative.

For more information on Rooted Community Health, visit their website. Learn more about Waste Management and how they encourage us to “Think Green” on their website. For more information about SEMO or how you can participate in future sustainability competitions, visit the SustainVU website or email

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