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WilSkills wins 2017 Football ‘Greenest Group on Campus’ award

Posted by on Monday, November 13, 2017 in Athletics, Events, News, Sustainability Competition.

The Wilderness Skills student-led course at Vandy called WilSkills has been named winner of the 2017 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. They celebrated their title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Western Kentucky November 4 game with a catered VIP tailgate event, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, a 100% recycled engraved glass plate, and on-field recognition at the game. Accepting the award on behalf of WilSkills was Sidd Somayajula and Evan Mercer.

The sustainability competition, presented by Waste Management, Inc., the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), and VU Athletics, invited all Vanderbilt groups, teams, departments, classes and campus organizations to compete for the title of “Greenest Group on Campus” by detailing what sustainable actions their group routinely implement to reduce, reuse or recycle, save energy or water, use mass transit and alternative transportation options, or any other innovative sustainability programs going on within their department or organization.

Wilderness Skills, or WilSkills for short, is a pass/fail student-led course at Vanderbilt that is VU’s premier outdoor experience. Entirely run by students, Wilskills is designed to integrate academic study with practice experience in the wilderness. WilSkills strives to make sure that all of its members at every level of the organization act in sustainable ways. WilSkills instructors enforce a Leave No Trace policy, meaning that every piece of trash and food waste is removed from any site they visit. They also assist in collecting recycling at recycling stations around campus. WilSkills members are active participants in Cardboard Crew each year, helping to recycle the large amounts of cardboard boxes from move-in.

For more information on WilSkills, visit their website. Learn more about Waste Management and how they partner with Vanderbilt to “Think Green” on their website. For more information about Vanderbilt’s sustainability accomplishments or how you can participate in future sustainability competitions, visit the SustainVU website or email

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