The Sustainability Project
The 2011-2012 academic school year marked a series of speakers, courses, road trips, films, and conferences, which together formed the Program in American Studies Sustainability Project. Greater than the contribution of any individual event, the year-long proceedings heightened the atmosphere of environmental awareness on Vanderbilt's campus. Our ultimate goal for this year of programming was to create a campus-wide conversation that would embolden Vanderbilt's efforts toward sustainability while deepening our understanding of what we are working toward.
To see the full list of the 2011-2012 program's offerings, please see our Digital Archive
The Sustainability Project will continue the project into the 2012-13 academic year. There will be another iteration of the Cumberland Project, this time focusing on creating a strategic plan for the new minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. We will also host a one-day conference titled, "Climate Change, Anti-Environmentalism, and American Politics." Additionally, we will arrange a two-day residential scholar program on the theme "Jobs That Change the World." This program will feature Billy Parrish, author of Making Good: Finding Meaning, Money, and Community in a Changing World, and will introduce Vanderbilt undergraduates to local innovators and entrepreneurs who are shaping new industries that are both for-profit and for the greater good, including those emerging in clean energy, efficiency, electric cars, and infrastructure. Through these programs, we aim to keep the momentum building on campus around the issue of sustainability.
To see more details on these events, please visit the Events page .
The American Studies Sustainability Project is generously funded by the College of Arts and Science Fant Fund.