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Sustainable Holiday Greening Guide

Tips for reducing your environmental impact during the holiday season

Sustainability is achieved when the needs of the present population are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. To achieve sustainability, we should examine the impact that our activities have on the environment and implement ways to reduce our consumption of resources and our generation of waste. In keeping with the efforts of Vanderbilt to become part of a more sustainable community, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office has developed this Sustainable Holiday Greening Guide in order to provide the Vanderbilt community with tips to lessen their environmental impact during the holidays.
The holiday season brings good cheer to many people and is a wonderful time to celebrate with colleagues, friends, and family. An unintended side effect is that the holidays are also a time of excessive generation of solid waste and consumption of natural resources.
Did you know…?
  • Americans throw away about 25% more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s
  • If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved
    could tie a bow around the entire planet.
  • Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products.
  • The average Christmas/New Year’s long-distance trip is 275 miles long.
These guidelines that follow in the categorized list below were developed to help you think about the environmental impact of the holidays and provide some tips on how to minimize your impact as much as possible.