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October marks Campus Sustainability, Energy Awareness months

Oct. 7, 2015, 2:15 PM

The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office will celebrate two month-long events in October: Campus Sustainability Month and Energy Awareness Month.

Campus Sustainability Month is an international celebration of sustainability in higher education. The goal of Campus Sustainability Month is to raise the visibility of sustainability on campus and to engage and inspire students and other campus stakeholders to become sustainability change agents.

Energy Awareness Month is a national effort to emphasize just how central energy is to our national prosperity, security and environmental well-being. Energy Awareness Month raises awareness of the importance of sustainably in managing the nation’s energy resources.

In celebration of Campus Sustainability Month and Energy Awareness Month, SEMO will release the 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory report. The annual report illustrates Vanderbilt’s current carbon footprint and allows the university to quantify the impact of its many sustainability initiatives. Look for the 2014 Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventory report at the end of the month on the SustainVU website.

You can participate in the month by turning in an application to be recognized as the “greenest group on campus” or by attending one of the many fun events happening on campus, such as the Green Forum and the Green Fair being held as part of the Commons Unplugged celebration the last week of October. You also can check out these great tips from the U.S. Department of Energy on how to save energy at work or at home as fall temperatures dip.

For more information on energy conservation, please visit the SustainVU website and the ThinkOne website, or contact or (615) 322-9022.

Contact: SEMO, 615-322-9022