2018 Commons Unplugged week celebrates sustainability

The fifth annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, Oct. 28, to Saturday, Nov. 3, 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 yearlong Commons Cup competition. The week also will include three events that are open to the entire Vanderbilt community and that first-year students can earn Commons Cup points for attending: the Green Activity, the Green Forum, and the Green Fair.

  • The Green Activity – Sunday, Oct. 28, 3–6 p.m.
    The Commons Center, Room 237
    First-year students will take part in a recycling sorting activity for their house team.
  • The Green Forum – Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5–6 p.m.
    The Commons Center, Room 237
    Join us for a lecture featuring Vanderbilt law professor Michael Vandenbergh and physicist Jonathan Gilligan as they discuss their new book about the role of private actors in climate mitigation.
  • The Green Fair – Thursday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
    The Commons Center Atrium
    Visit the Green Fair to meet with the organizations that make Vanderbilt and Nashville more sustainable

All events are free and open to the Vanderbilt community.

If you or your group is interested in tabling at the Green Fair, contact the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office at or 615-322-9022. The Green Fair will provide you with 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 Commons Center to participants at no charge. Electrical hookup will not be provided. Apply here.

If you have questions about Commons Unplugged, please contact Megan Harvey at

Contact: SEMO, 615-322-9022