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Student Organizations

Energy and Environmental Law Society

The Energy and Environmental Law Society is an organization for students interested in learning more about environmental law and environmental legal careers. This group has sponsored numerous speakers, panels, and activities since its inception and aims to strengthen relationships between Vanderbilt Law students and local environmental groups.

Owen Graduate School of Management Net Impact

Owen Net Impact is a member of the larger Net Impact community with over 150 student and professional chapters worldwide. Net Impact aims to positively contribute to a community of new leaders in fields such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who will use business to improve the world.  Net Impact has in the past hosted events such as a Green Career Symposium, “Green Week” and the Net Impact National Conference.  This group has also partnered with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office to devise business plans and programming for various environmental projects and efforts on campus. Read more about it here.

Vanderbilt Green Fund

The Vanderbilt Green Fund is a fund of $150,000 set aside for sustainability projects proposed by students. Members of SPEAR and VSG worked with the Division of Administration and OHARE to establish the Green Fund in the spring of 2011. The VGF looks for innovative and educational ideas that improve sustainability on campus. Learn more here.

Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness (VIVA)

Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness (VIVA) exists for the promotion and dissemination of information relating to a vegetarian/vegan diet, its ethics, and related issues. VIVA advocates a vegetarian lifestyle and the benefits derived thereof which include the positive effect on human health, avoidance of animal suffering, and an improvement of our planetary environment. Join them on Anchor here.

Vanderbilt SPEAR

Vanderbilt SPEAR‘s mission is to increase environmental awareness and promote more environmentally sustainable habits and infrastructure within the Vanderbilt and Nashville community. Various projects sponsored by this organization include: cardboard crew, compost discovery area, house energy competitions, Climate Change Solutions Week, pollinator garden and Rites of Spring recycling. Find them on Anchor Link here.

Vanderbilt Student Government Environmental Affairs Sub-committee

Housed under the Residential and Environmental Affairs committee, the VSG environmental affairs sub-committee promotes sustainability efforts and needs on campus, including the facilitation of the Think Gold, Act Green Coalition and other activities.


VUMC C.A.R.E.S is a medical student graduate group that promotes environmental and social responsibility among the medical community. This organization is responsible for implementing solid waste recycling within School of Medicine areas and creating an environmental/recycling lab pledge program. Over the last several years this organization has sponsored lectures that have addressed issues in the environment and how modern medicine affects or is affected by them.


Wilskills (Wilderness Skills 101) is Vanderbilt’s outdoor adventure club. The student run course integrates classroom lectures with outdoor weekend experiences.