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Year-long Green Bag luncheon series to address current sustainability topics

September 1, 2011 — Starting in September, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project are sponsoring a Green Bag luncheon series that focuses on the environment and sustainability, both at work and at home. This educational series features informal lunchtime discussions and workshops – from sustainable food and dining choices to backyard composting...... KEEP READING »

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Bill McKibben (Nancie Battaglia/350.org)

Sustainability speaker series kicks off Sept. 22 with Bill McKibben

August 30, 2011 — By Jim Patterson Environmentalist Bill McKibben will kick off a year of nationally recognized sustainability experts who will speak at Vanderbilt University as part of the American Studies Sustainability Project. McKibben, author of one of the first books on climate change for a general audience (The End of Nature, 1989), and founder of the activist...... KEEP READING »

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos speaks Aug. 25 at the Student Life Center during Fall Faculty Assembly (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

Chancellor: University getting greener, needs to be less dependent on federal dollars

August 26, 2011 — by Jim Patterson Vanderbilt must continue to develop new revenue streams to ensure its financial health in the face of federal budget deficits that are likely to impact government grants and awards, said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at Fall Faculty Assembly. “We must, to the greatest extent possible, control our own destiny,” Zeppos said Aug....... KEEP READING »

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Students moving into the Ingram Commons. (John Russell/Vanderbilt University)

Vanderbilt students return to campus Aug. 20, move-in will be green

August 19, 2011 — By Princine Lewis, Vanderbilt News & Communications Vanderbilt University will begin welcoming first-year students to campus first thing Saturday morning, Aug. 20, when move-in begins at 7 a.m. at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Vanderbilt’s first-year student community. The students will live in residence halls known as “houses” – each of which is headed by...... KEEP READING »

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Sustainability theme to mark Vanderbilt 2011-12 academic year

August 12, 2011 — By Jim Patterson Issues of sustainability will be incorporated into many phases of the coming academic year at Vanderbilt University, including curriculum, a speaker series, documentary film series and field trips. “The Sustainability Project represents a compelling application of the full diversity of Vanderbilt’s academic expertise to one of the most complex and urgent human...... KEEP READING »

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MTA wants Vanderbilt employee feedback

August 10, 2011 — By Vanderbilt News & Communications The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is holding a third round of community conversations Aug. 24-25 to gain feedback from the public regarding ideas for improving the city’s transit investments along the Broadway/West End Corridor. The community conversations are scheduled to take place at the East Park Community Center on...... KEEP READING »

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It’s All Connected

August 1, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in the Vanderbilt View] By Kara Furlong The Sustainability Project sparks a campus dialogue about our relationship with the environment and commitment to its future   Bangladesh, in South Asia, is a flat, low-lying land situated between the melting snowcaps of the Himalayas and the rising waters of the...... KEEP READING »

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Construction of the U2 360 Tour stage at Vanderbilt Stadium continues on June 30, 2011.  Photo by Bob Wheaton

Recycling available at July 2 U2 Concert

June 30, 2011 — With close to 45,000 tickets sold plus a small army of crew members, the U2 concert at Vanderbilt on July 2 will bring loads of people to campus, and with them will come loads of potential trash that can be recycled VU’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office will be going to extra lengths to recover...... KEEP READING »

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Senior Day Speaker Wangari Maathai (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Nobel prize-winner tells seniors to be agents of change

May 12, 2011 — by Jim Patterson [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Read a transcript of Maathai’s talk. A Vanderbilt University graduate is a “potential great change agent,” Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai told seniors the day before their Commencement ceremony. “You are ready,” Maathai exhorted students in Memorial Gymnasium. “Go forth then, the world is waiting.” Maathai...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt turns in solid performance in RecycleMania competition

April 25, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in myVU] by Missy Pankake The RecycleMania competition is now over and has official winners for 2011. RecycleMania is a friendly recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful. Together, participating colleges and universities recycled or composted...... KEEP READING »

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