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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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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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10 Tips For Saving Energy At Vanderbilt This Summer

June 26, 2014 — Vanderbilt is one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee.  As temperatures begin to climb into the 90s and beyond this summer, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center. Small changes can produce big results when everyone does their part. When...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Power Plant Conversion Highlighted in AASHE 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

May 7, 2014 — The Vanderbilt power plant’s natural gas conversion was highlighted as a high-impact energy initiative in the 2013 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Higher Education Sustainability Review, released April 15, 2014. Vanderbilt was profiled by AASHE because of  the announcement in spring 2013 that the University planned to convert the coal-fueled...... KEEP READING »

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SEMO Celebrates Earth Day with No Impact Week

April 22, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) celebrated Earth Day a little early by organizing a “No Impact Week” April 14-18 on campus. SEMO staffers converged on the Rand Wall to encourage the Vanderbilt community to improve their conservation efforts—including eating locally, conserving water and using only items that can be recycled—and then talk about...... KEEP READING »

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Practice these tips for World Water Day 2014

March 19, 2014 — “Water and Energy” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, recognized on March 22, which aims to promote water and energy conservation. Water is required for almost all energy production, and energy is used during water extraction, purification and distribution. This relationship is commonly called the water-energy nexus. At Vanderbilt, energy is used...... KEEP READING »

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Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

February 18, 2014 — [Originally published by Research News @ Vanderbilt] Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a U.S. Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house....... KEEP READING »

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University saves more than $200,000; Commons Center is Energy Bowl winner

January 26, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Energy conservation measures taken on the Vanderbilt campus during December’s Energy Bowl Challenge resulted in more than $200,000 in energy savings, according to Vanderbilt Plant Operations and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. The Commons Center at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons was the campus winner, with an impressive 31 percent...... KEEP READING »

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Pharmacology lab named VUMC “Go Green for the Holidays” contest winner

January 21, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVUMC] Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Plant Services and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) announced that energy conservation measures taken during the VUMC Go Green for the Holidays and the VU campus Energy Bowl contest resulted in more than $200,000 in energy savings. The Pharmacology laboratory on the 4th floor of...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt alum, co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy, named to “Forbes” 30 under 30

January 16, 2014 — Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alum, Miles Barr, is one of five VU alums to be named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The list highlights the brightest stars under the age of 30 who are making waves in categories such as finance, technology, education and energy. Barr, who received a bachelor of engineering degree from...... KEEP READING »

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