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Vanderbilt Engineering Students Prepare for 2015 Solar Decathlon

September 17, 2014 — Selected last spring for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a team of Vanderbilt students is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to build Harmony House. It’s a 1,000-square-foot, energy efficient, fully solar-powered home likely to be used as a test site for the housing nonprofit after the contest ends. “A lot of Solar...... KEEP READING »

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Another Record Year For Move In Cardboard Recycling

September 17, 2014 — The cardboard recycling results from Move-In 2014 make it another record year with 37.26 tons of cardboard recycled! This is a 5.31%% increase over last year and a 453.64% increase since 2007! The nearly 75,000 pounds collected this year average to about 11 pounds for each of the undergraduate students at Vanderbilt. The collection of...... KEEP READING »

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A Long-Term Vision

August 26, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s sustainability programs are discussed in the latest edition of Sustainable Business Magazine, the premiere platform for senior executives to share ways in which they are meeting 21st Century challenges.  You can read about our new College Halls, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, conversion of Vanderbilt’s power plant to 100% natural gas, and much more....... KEEP READING »

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Help Tackle Recycling During 2014 Football Season

August 25, 2014 — Vanderbilt has partnered with Waste Management again to support the university’s environmental initiatives throughout campus, and Commodore fans can help protect the environment by recycling items at each home football game. The partnership is in conjunction with the continued campus-wide efforts of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility...... KEEP READING »

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Earth-friendly Move In Tips for Students

August 6, 2014 — Download the Move In flier here!... KEEP READING »

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August SustainVU Newsletter Now Available!

August 1, 2014 — Check out what’s going on this month in the August SustainVU newsletter! It has been really quiet on campus this summer without the students around, so we’re excited that they’ll be moving back in this month! Be sure to check out our Earth-friendly move in tips if you are a Vandy student, and we can’t...... KEEP READING »

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Hospital plaza set to undergo major restoration

July 18, 2014 — [Originally published by VUMC Reporter] After little change since its construction in 1977, one of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s most familiar landmarks, the plaza behind Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), is undergoing restoration. The VUH plaza is a major outdoor thoroughfare for tens of thousands of pedestrians each day, with its surface and existing architecture,...... KEEP READING »

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Natural gas boilers installed at power plant

July 16, 2014 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt News] (Steve Green/Vanderbilt) Two massive natural gas boilers were installed at the Vanderbilt Power Plant July 12 as part of the university’s ongoing effort to convert the co-generation facility completely to natural gas. The new boilers will provide steam to more than 5.8 million square feet of building space at the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt’s waste and recycling vendor converts vehicles to compressed natural gas

July 8, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s waste and recycling vendor, Waste Management, has launched a new fleet of natural gas-powered trash collection vehicles in conjunction with the opening of a self-service compressed natural gas (CNG) retail fueling station in Nashville. The station will refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets as well as to retail consumers...... KEEP READING »

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Trees to be relocated; recycled during construction of Engineering and Science Building

July 7, 2014 — [Originally published by MyVU] Signs and fencing have gone up at the corner of Highland and 25th avenues, the construction site for the new Engineering and Science Building. Additional preparation of the site will require the clearing in mid- to late-July of 66 trees so that land can be properly graded. Of that number, 42...... KEEP READING »

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