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1 Tips to Green Your Event

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

3 Reasons for “Going Green” Improves the economic bottom line 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

4 Reasons for “Going Green” Spiritual Stewardship 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

5 Reasons for “Going Green” Concern for Future Generations 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

6 Reasons for “Going Green” Sustainability

7 Sustainable Strategies Events Events –Trips –Service Activities –Programs –Dining Issues Issues –Transportation –Reduce, Reuse, Recycle –Food –Energy and Resources

8 Trips Across country, like Kansas City Across country, like Kansas City –Mass transportation –Vehicle with optimal gas mileage –Use cruise control 10 –Drive at most efficient gas mileage speeds 11 gas mileage speeds 11 –Check tire pressure 12 –No aggressive driving –Avoid excessive air conditioning –Keep windows closed 13

9 Trips Overnight Trips 14 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

10 Trips Within Nashville, like Eakin Elementary 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

11 Trips Alternative, Renewable Fuel 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  If unavailable, request it anyway

12 Service Activities Suggestions 18 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 Outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, trail building) through the Outdoor Recreation Center 20  Contact Linda Rosenkranz

13 Service Activities Set events outside Set events outside –On campus  Office of Schedule and Reservation 21 –208 Sarratt Student Center  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 for more information and an application

14 Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP): (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

15 Reduce 25, Reuse, Recycle 26 Two Examples: Paper and Water Containers

16 Recycle 27 Acceptable Acceptable –Paper:  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 –Cardboard:  corrugated cardboard –Aluminum/Tin:  soda cans (empty); Food cans (clean); Pie Tins (clean); Aluminum Foil (clean) –Plastic:  bottles/items with recycling number 1 (PET) or 2 (HDPE), like milk jugs, shampoo bottles, or soda/water bottles Unacceptable Unacceptable –Paper  paper towels or tissue; cardboard tubes from bathroom; tissue/paper towels; padded envelopes; wax-coated paper or Styrofoam cups; phone books –Cardboard  food contaminated cardboard, like used pizza boxes –Aluminum/Tin  other metal items –Plastic  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

17 Recycle How to Recycle at Special Events How to Recycle at Special Events –Office of Schedule and Reservation 22  208 Sarratt Student Center –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 Where to Recycle –Academic and administrative buildings –Residence areas (see map)

18 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X Current Locations for Residential Recycling

19 Programs Location, like a room in the Commons Center 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 Other buildings with sustainable design aspects

20 Meetings 30

21 Programs Lighting 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 Temperature 31 –Keep thermostats at reasonable levels (78*F in summer and 68*F in winter) –Clothes layering—regulate your own body heat

22 Programs EPP attributes for Paper 32 EPP attributes for Paper 32  Post-consumer recycled content  Processed chlorine- free  Recyclable  soy-based inks EPP attributes for Office Supplies 33 EPP attributes for Office Supplies 33  Non-toxic  Recyclable  Recycled-content  Remanufactured  Reusable  Separable

23 Programs EPP attributes for Electronics 34 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 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

24 Programs Printing, for publicity or handouts 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

25 Dining Varieties of Sustainable Food (and to Clothing) Varieties of Sustainable Food (and to Clothing) –Local –Organic (also “natural”) –Vegetarian –Vegan –Fair Trade “Insecticides are not selective poisons.” 41 “Insecticides are not selective poisons.” 41

26 Dining Where to Shop 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

27 Dining Local, Eco-Friendly Catering Local, Eco-Friendly Catering –On Campus 45  Vanderbilt Catering  SaRand Catering  Commons Catering –Off Campus  12 th South Tap Room,  The Acorn,  City House,  Corrieri’s Formaggeria,  F. Scott’s,  Bread & Company,  Provence Breads & Café,  The Yellow Porch,  Whole Foods,  Plumgood Food,

28 Dining Small lunch or Gala Dinner 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

29 Conclusion Commitment 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

30 Conclusion Top Ten Essentials Top Ten Essentials 1)Walk more, drive less 2)If driving, go at optimal gas mileage speed 3)Turn off faucet when brushing teeth or washing hands 4)Consider EPP 5)Recycle paper and cardboard 6)Turn off electronics when unused 7)Keep thermostat at reasonable levels 8)Select an energy and environment efficiently designed location 9)Purchase in bulk 10)Use reusable water containers

31 Conclusion “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 “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

32 Conclusion “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 “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

33 Conclusion SustainabilityEquityEnvironmentEconomyEthics

34 List of Resources Students Promoting Environmental Awareness & Responsibility Students Promoting Environmental Awareness & Responsibility –http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/spear/ Sustainability & Environment Management Office Sustainability & Environment Management Office –www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/ Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative –http://www.vanderbilt.edu/biodiesel/

35 List of Sources Synthesis of IPCC Report on Climate Change , Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, Green to Gold, p , Daniel Esty and Andrew Winston, Green to Gold, p Genesis 1:26, The Bible 5. Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, Avot de Rabbi Nathan, 31b 6. John 15:13, The Bible 7. Father Thomas Berry, /081001a.htm /081001a.htm /081001a.htm , Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, HTM HTM HTM

36 List of Sources , Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Act age age age 13. age age age tes.html tes.html tes.html 16. news-for-ethanol/ news-for-ethanol/ news-for-ethanol/

37 List of Sources on_programs.htm on_programs.htm on_programs.htm 19. ng.html ng.html ng.html https://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/form/dLFtDO https://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/form/dLFtDO bout.htm bout.htm bout.htm

38 List of Sources 25. management/rwmanagement.aspx management/rwmanagement.aspx management/rwmanagement.aspx ng_at_vanderbilt.pdf ng_at_vanderbilt.pdf ng_at_vanderbilt.pdf

39 List of Sources 33. s.htm s.htm s.htm 34. onic.htm onic.htm onic.htm rgy/take/Tips.aspx rgy/take/Tips.aspx rgy/take/Tips.aspx pliances/index.cfm/mytopic= pliances/index.cfm/mytopic= pliances/index.cfm/mytopic= ed-some-environmentally-friendly-printing-done ed-some-environmentally-friendly-printing-done ed-some-environmentally-friendly-printing-done.61811

40 List of Sources , Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, p ww.wholefoodsmarket.com ww.wholefoodsmarket.com ’s, Benjamin Franklin 48. rgy/take/Tips.aspx rgy/take/Tips.aspx rgy/take/Tips.aspx , Anton Chekov, Uncle Vanya, Act , Theodore Roosevelt,


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