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Third Annual Commons Unplugged Week Celebrates Sustainability

Posted by on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 in Energy, Events, News, Sustainability Competition.

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The third annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Saturday, February 18 to Saturday, February 25, 2017 will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population. These events are presented by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, and Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR).

Throughout the week, first-year students will compete in a residence hall energy conservation contest to earn points in the year-long first-year competition: The Commons Cup. The week will include three events that are open to the entire Vanderbilt Community: the Green Kick-off, the Green Fair, and the Green Forum.

  • The Green Kick-off will be held on February 18 at 1:00 P.M. in The Commons Center Multipurpose Room and will feature interactive sustainability lessons organized by Vanderbilt students.
  • The Green Forum will be held on Wednesday, February 22 at 5:00 P.M. in The Commons Center Room 335, and will feature Associate Dean Dan Morgan. Dr. Morgan will discuss climate change and sea level rise in his talk “The Past, Present, and Future of the Antarctic Ice Sheets.”
  • The Green Fair – an organization fair focused on sustainability on campus and around Nashville – will be held on Thursday, February 23 in The Commons Center Atrium from 5-7:00 P.M.

All events are free and open to the Vanderbilt community.

If your organization would like to participate in the Green Fair contact the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) at or 615.322.9022. If you have questions about Commons Unplugged, please contact Natalee Erb, Assistant Director of Student Initiatives for The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, at

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