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Annual Commons Unplugged Week Celebrates Sustainability

Posted by on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 in Events, featured, News, Sustainability Competition.

The sixth annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, November 3 to Saturday, November 9 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 Activity, the Green Forum, and the Green Fair.

  • The Green Activity: Sunday, November 3 from 4:30-6:00pm, Commons MPR – First-year students will participate in hands-on learning related to sustainability on campus
  • The Green Forum: Tuesday, November 5 from 3:00-4:00pm, Commons MPR – Join us for a lecture featuring Vanderbilt’s sociology professor Dr. Zdravka Tzankova as she discusses how individual actions and individual consumer choices can make measurable positive differences when it comes to solving larger environmental problems.
  • The Green Fair: Thursday, November 7 from 5:00-7:00pm, 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, contact or 615.322.9022. This Green Fair will provide you an opportunity to promote the sustainable activities, business practices, and achievements of your student group, department or organization to the Vanderbilt community. Tabling display space will be provided in the Vanderbilt Commons Center to participants at no charge. Electrical hookup will not be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

All events are free and open to the Vanderbilt community.

If you have questions about Commons Unplugged, please contact Aimee Robinson at

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