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Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Host ECOtality’s Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

November 11, 2010 — [Originally published by Medical Center News and Communications] VUMC Joins The EV Project and Will Install Blink Level 2 and DC Fast Charging Stations by June 2011 Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of The EV Project, the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in history,...... KEEP READING »

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Climate Connections Carnival and Green Unity Gala highlight Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11

November 5, 2010 — [Originally posted by News and Public Affairs in MyVU.] Events are part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge sponsored by the German Embassy Vanderbilt University students will celebrate Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11 with a variety of activities open to the Vanderbilt community. The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE) and the German Embassy...... KEEP READING »

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The Commons Residence Halls / Photo by John Russell

Vanderbilt improves grade on College Sustainability Report Card 2011

November 1, 2010 — [Originally published in MyVU by VU News and Public Affairs] Vanderbilt University’s results on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card improved in five of the nine sustainability categories and stayed consistent in the other four categories. The university received an overall grade of “B,” an improvement from the C+ in the 2010 Report Card. The...... KEEP READING »

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Greenhouse gas emissions down

October 22, 2010 — [Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt released an updated inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for calendar years 2005 through 2009. The report shows that total GHG emissions decreased by 7.8 percent from 2008 to 2009 and by 2.4 percent overall from 2005 to 2009. Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) compiled the report, which...... KEEP READING »

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Private incentives for carbon emissions reductions needed to fill gaps until public measures created

December 9, 2009 — As the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit continues, two Vanderbilt researchers suggest that regardless of whether or not the meeting is successful in bringing public governance measures to bear, significant carbon reductions can be achieved by creating private incentives to reduce carbon emissions. In a forthcoming NYU Environmental Law Journal article, the researchers outline a method...... KEEP READING »

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What can you do to affect climate change? Small changes at home make a big difference

October 26, 2009 — [Originally published in MyVU] While longer-term options are being developed, individual households can reduce overall carbon emissions by implementing a series of small changes, such as lowering the temperature on water heaters and regularly performing maintenance on cars and air-conditioners, according to an article published today. Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences,...... KEEP READING »

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What is Climate Change and Why Should I Care About It?

March 18, 2009 — Posted 3/18/2009 Several weeks ago, Vanderbilt announced its plans to calculate the university’s carbon footprint. The inventory will determine the amount of the six greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere that make up Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint in an average year. This article is the third in a series discussing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint. But how exactly...... KEEP READING »

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So what is a carbon footprint and why is Vanderbilt calculating one?

March 6, 2009 — On February 23, Vanderbilt announced that a carbon footprint, or greenhouse gas inventory, would be created for the first time. This article is the first in a series discussing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint. The terms “carbon footprint” and “greenhouse gas” are used a lot in the news and on TV, but what do they really mean?...... KEEP READING »

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VU to calculate carbon footprint

February 20, 2009 — Vanderbilt plans to calculate its carbon footprint this spring through a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The inventory will determine the amount of the six greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere in an average year, based on 2005-2007 data. These greenhouse gases are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. Greenhouse gases trap...... KEEP READING »

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James Berry, M.D., and Leland Lancaster, M.D., with the recycling system they developed to collect and reuse anesthesiology gases. Photo: Susan Urmy

New technology collects, recycles exhaled anesthetic

November 7, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Medical Center's Office of News and Communication in The VUMC Reporter] By Leslie Hast A new technology, called the Dynamic Gas Scavenging System (DGSS), could have an impact on both the environment and health care economics. The system, invented by James Berry, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology, along with Leland Lancaster, M.D,...... KEEP READING »

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