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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 27 percent per person

October 21, 2014 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. To mark Campus Sustainability Day, October 22, Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has released an updated inventory of the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the calendar years 2005 to 2013. According to the accompanying report, GHG emissions from the campus and medical center decreased by 17...... KEEP READING »

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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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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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