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Annual Commons Unplugged Week Celebrates Sustainability

Posted by on Friday, October 6, 2017 in Events, Sustainability Competition.

The fourth annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, October 15 to Saturday, October 21 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 competition; the Commons Cup. The week will include three events that are open to the entire Vanderbilt Community and that the first-year students will earn Commons Cup points for attending: the Green Forum, the Green Fair, and the Green Activity.

  • The Green Forum: Wednesday, October 18 from 5:30-6:30pm, Commons Center room 335 – Join us for a lecture featuring the English Department’s current writer in residence, Amanda Little. Little has done extensive reporting on climate change issues, primarily the environment, energy, and technology.
  • The Green Fair: Thursday, October 19 from 5-7:00pm, Commons Center Atrium – Visit the Green Fair to meet with the organizations that make Vanderbilt and Nashville more sustainable! If you or your group is interested in tabling at the Green Fair, please email Tabling display space will be provided to participants at no charge.
  • The Green Activity: Saturday, October 21, time TBD – First-year students will take part in a recycling sorting activity with their house team.

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 Benjamin C. Fields at

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