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Tips to Green Your Event. Reasons for “Going Green”. Environmental Degradation Global climate change, deforestation, ozone depletion, desertification, biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, oceanic acidification, etc. 1. Noon, Jan. 1955. Midday, Dec. 1952. Reasons for “Going Green”.

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Reasons for “Going Green”

  • Environmental Degradation

    • Global climate change, deforestation, ozone depletion, desertification, biodiversity loss, rising sea levels, oceanic acidification, etc. 1

Noon, Jan. 1955

Midday, Dec. 1952

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Reasons for “Going Green”

  • Improves the economic bottom line

    • “Smart companies can use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage.” 2

    • “Being green makes green.” 3

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Reasons for “Going Green”

  • Spiritual Stewardship

    • Jewish

      • “Let man have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” 4

      • “If you have a sapling in your hand, and someone should say to you that the Messiah has come, stay and complete the planting, and then go to greet the Messiah.” 5

    • Christian

      • “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for a friend.” 6

      • “Man must see himself as the very same as the environment and thus treat it accordingly as loving oneself.” 7

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Reasons for “Going Green”

  • Concern for Future Generations

    • “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” 8

    • “Will those who come after us in a hundred or two hundred years, those for whom we are blazing a trail, will they remember and have a kind word for us?” 9

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Sustainable Strategies

  • Events

    • Trips

    • Service Activities

    • Programs

    • Dining

  • Issues

    • Transportation

    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    • Food

    • Energy and Resources

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  • Across country, like Kansas City

    • Mass transportation

    • Vehicle with optimal gas mileage

    • Use cruise control 10

    • Drive at most efficient

      gas mileage speeds 11

    • Check tire pressure 12

    • No aggressive driving

    • Avoid excessive air conditioning

    • Keep windows closed 13

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  • Overnight Trips 14

    • Water

      • Turn off faucet when brushing teeth or washing hands

      • Do not pre-rinse dishes and then put in dish washer (one or the other)

    • Cooking

      • Do not preheat the oven

      • Choose matches over lighters

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  • Within Nashville, like Eakin Elementary

    • Mass transportation

      • Carpool

        • Borrow a car from CPH

      • Bus routes and schedules 15

    • Avoid idling

    • Drive less, bike/walk more

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  • Alternative, Renewable Fuel

    • Purchase more ethanol

      • Avoid corn-based ethanol 16

    • Use vehicles that can run diesel

      • Ask for biodiesel from the Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative 17

        • Contact: Derek Riley [email protected]

      • If unavailable, request it anyway

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Service Activities

  • Suggestions 18

    • Science Projects: Composting

    • Art Contest: Recycling Bin Decoration

    • Reading books about nature or the environment

      • Recommended reading 19

  • Outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, trail building) through the Outdoor Recreation Center 20

    • Contact Linda Rosenkranz [email protected]

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Service Activities

  • Set events outside

    • On campus

      • Office of Schedule and Reservation 21

        • 208 Sarratt Student Center 615-322-2448

      • Online application 22

        • This is where to indicate recycling for special events

    • Off campus

      • Metro parks 23

      • For large events, permits are needed so call 615-862-8400 for more information and an application

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Environmentally Preferable Purchasing

  • (EPP):

    • “Products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose.” 24

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Reduce 25, Reuse, Recycle 26

Two Examples: Paper and Water Containers

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officer paper (staples and paper clips are OK); colored paper; newspaper, magazines, & journals; envelopes (window envelopes OK); one-ply cardboard (“paperboard”), like cereal boxes, 6-, 12-, or 24-pack beverage boxes or tissue boxes


corrugated cardboard


soda cans (empty); Food cans (clean); Pie Tins (clean); Aluminum Foil (clean)


bottles/items with recycling number 1 (PET) or 2 (HDPE), like milk jugs, shampoo bottles, or soda/water bottles



paper towels or tissue; cardboard tubes from bathroom; tissue/paper towels; padded envelopes; wax-coated paper or Styrofoam cups; phone books


food contaminated cardboard, like used pizza boxes


other metal items


plastic with a number 3 through 7; packaging that has numbers 1 or 2; carry-out food containers (#6); plastic straws; plastic bags from grocery stores; plastic wrappers; Styrofoam; colored Solo plastic cups

Recycle 27

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  • How to Recycle at Special Events

    • Office of Schedule and Reservation 22

      • 208 Sarratt Student Center 615-322-2448

    • Online application 23

      • In additional comments, indicate recycling facilities

      • Attend OSR Event Planning Meeting on Wednesday afternoons, and request recycling facilities (for free)

  • Where to Recycle

    • Academic and administrative buildings

    • Residence areas (see map)

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Current Locations for Residential Recycling

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  • Location, like a room in the Commons Center

    • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council 28

    • Sustainable design features of the building 29

  • Other buildings with sustainable design aspects

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  • Lighting

    • Use natural lighting whenever possible

    • Use localized light

    • Turn off lights when not in use

    • Leave some lights off if room is in use

    • Use compact fluorescent light bulbs (or rooms with them)

  • Temperature 31

    • Keep thermostats at reasonable levels (78*F in summer and 68*F in winter)

    • Clothes layering—regulate your own body heat

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EPP attributes for Paper 32

Post-consumer recycled content

Processed chlorine-free


soy-based inks

EPP attributes for Office Supplies 33








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EPP attributes for Electronics 34

reduced or no toxic constituents

recycled content

reduced packaging

designed for recycling or upgrades

energy efficient  Energy Star label 35

Energy Conservation for Computers and Other Electronics

turn off appliances when not in use 36

unplug appliances when not in use 37

lower light/tint settings

sleep and hibernate mode 38


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  • Printing, for publicity or handouts

    • Double-sided

    • Capture excess paper and use it for scraps or notes

    • Reduced margins

    • Soy-based inks 39

    • Vanderbilt Printing Services' green initiatives 40

      • Contact Kristin Yancey 615-936-4690 [email protected]

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  • Varieties of Sustainable Food (and to Clothing)

    • Local

    • Organic (also “natural”)

    • Vegetarian

    • Vegan

    • Fair Trade

  • “Insecticides are not selective poisons.” 41

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  • Where to Shop

    • On Campus 42

      • Nectar—Natural Food Store

      • Common Grounds

    • Off Campus

      • Whole Foods, 4021 Hillsboro Pike 43

      • Any grocery store, look for appropriate labels

    • Farmers’ Market 44

      • On campus: VUMC at Light Hall, Thu 3pm to 7pm

      • Off campus:

        • 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Mon to Sun 8am to 6pm

        • Edgehill Village, Thu 4pm to 7pm

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  • Local, Eco-Friendly Catering

    • On Campus 45

      • Vanderbilt Catering

      • SaRand Catering

      • Commons Catering

    • Off Campus

      • 12th South Tap Room, 615-463-7522

      • The Acorn, 615-320-4399

      • City House, 615-736-5838

      • Corrieri’s Formaggeria, 615-385-9272

      • F. Scott’s, 615-269-5861

      • Bread & Company, 615-329-1400

      • Provence Breads & Café, 615-368-0363

      • The Yellow Porch, 615-386-0260

      • Whole Foods, 615-440-5100

      • Plumgood Food, 615-248-4448

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  • Small lunch or Gala Dinner

    • Recycling bins alongside trash cans

    • Eat less meat 46

    • Purchase in bulk, with less packaging

    • Plates and silverware

      • EPP hierarchy: reusable, biodegradable, paper, coated in wax, Styrofoam/plastic

    • Water

      • EPP hierarchy: reusable canteens, reusable glasses, reusable plastic cups, cups coated in wax, plastic water bottles, plastic cups, non-recyclable cups, Styrofoam cups

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  • Commitment

    • If product or service unavailable, let it be known there is a demand

    • Finances

      • Franklin idiom 1768: “A penny saved is a penny earned.” 47

      • Can save money in short and long terms 48

    • Determine own degree and frequency

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  • Top Ten Essentials

    • Walk more, drive less

    • If driving, go at optimal gas mileage speed

    • Turn off faucet when brushing teeth or washing hands

    • Consider EPP

    • Recycle paper and cardboard

    • Turn off electronics when unused

    • Keep thermostat at reasonable levels

    • Select an energy and environment efficiently designed location

    • Purchase in bulk

    • Use reusable water containers

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  • “Man is endowed with reason and creative powers so that he may increase what has been given to him, but up to now he has not created but only destroyed. There are fewer forests, rivers are drying up, wild life is becoming extinct, the climate is ruined, and every day the earth gets poorer and uglier.” 49

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  • “The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.” 50

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List of Resources

  • Students Promoting Environmental Awareness & Responsibility


  • Sustainability & Environment Management Office


  • Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative


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List of Sources

  • 2007 Synthesis of IPCC Report on Climate Change

  • 2006, Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, Green to Gold, p. 17

  • 2006, Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, Green to Gold, p. 19

  • Genesis 1:26, The Bible

  • Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai , Avot de Rabbi Nathan, 31b

  • John 15:13, The Bible

  • Father Thomas Berry ,

  • 1776, Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence,

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List of Sources

  • 1899, Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Act 1








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List of Sources

  • 1962, Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, p. 91






  • 1760’s, Benjamin Franklin


  • 1899, Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Act 1

  • 1906, Theodore Roosevelt,