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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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Reminder to University staff: Take the Energy Bowl Challenge to conserve energy (and win pizza!)

December 20, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Note: The Medical Center is going green for the holidays a little differently. VUMC employees, please refer to this story for more details. Last week, Plant Operations implemented several intensive energy-conservation measures throughout University Central for the three weeks of winter break and invited faculty, staff and students remaining on campus...... KEEP READING »

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VUMC Staff: Labs encouraged to power down over holidays

December 12, 2013 — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Plant Services and Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) are hosting “Go Green for the Holidays,” an energy conservation contest open to research labs during the final two weeks of December. This year, because the University’s official Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall mid-week, the number of people present on the...... KEEP READING »

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Use water at ‘comfortable’ temperature to wash hands and fight global warming

December 11, 2013 — [Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Signs in many bathrooms across the country recommend washing hands in hot or warm water. In fact, if Americans could be persuaded en masse to use a comfortable water temperature when washing their hands, it could prevent the annual greenhouse gas emissions totaling the equivalent of the United...... KEEP READING »

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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

November 20, 2013 — [Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Green Lights Program Will Monitor Commons’ Energy Use

September 4, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] [Click here for story on InsideVandy] When first-year students arrived at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move In Aug. 17, they were met by brand-new Green Lights screens in the lobby of each house. The screens display real-time energy use for each residence hall and tell the viewer whether or not the building is...... KEEP READING »

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