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Remember to power down before leaving for the holidays

December 12, 2012 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from the dorm room, office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce one’s energy consumption and environmental impact. Students: Turn...... KEEP READING »

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Stave off holiday excess by ‘greening the holidays’ this season

November 15, 2012 — The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it also can be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during this time of year – including, in some cases, those freezer-burnt holiday leftovers nobody got around to eating. Add in all the energy use from extra travel...... KEEP READING »

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This Halloween, slay energy vampires

October 29, 2012 — [Originally posted on MyVU] A silent menace may be lurking around your Vanderbilt office or home. “Energy vampires,” electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still plugged in, provide no useful function and waste energy and money. This is especially true for devices with standby capability—such as a remote control...... KEEP READING »

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Greenhouse gas emissions down 12 percent since 2008

October 25, 2012 — Vanderbilt releases updated report to mark Campus Sustainability Day Overall greenhouse gas emissions from Vanderbilt’s campus and medical center have decreased by 12 percent from an all-time high reached in 2008—and by 7 percent from 2005 to 2011—even though the institution has seen significant growth in square footage, staff, students and research dollars over the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt doubles on-campus electric vehicle charging capacity

October 23, 2012 — [Originally published by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt News] Vanderbilt’s solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Broadway is up and operating. The Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART station, can accommodate 10 vehicles and joins five other stations scattered across the university campus and medical center, bringing the...... KEEP READING »

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Grant will help professor develop battery to aid home energy use

October 22, 2012 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt School of Engineering News] Peter Pintauro, H. Eugene McBrayer Professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department, has partnered with researchers from the University of Kansas and TVN Systems, Inc. on a three-year, $1.72 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S....... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Green Fund application deadline extended!!

October 18, 2012 — The Vanderbilt Green Fund was established in the spring of 2011 as a way of connecting student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them. We are looking for ideas that are both visible and educational in nature. Past projects awarded have involved solar panels, light sensors, and shower timers. Applications for projects will be...... KEEP READING »

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Spinach power gets a major boost

September 6, 2012 — Originally posted on research news @ Vanderbilt Spinach power has just gotten a big boost. An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Vanderbilt University have developed a way to combine the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon, the material used in solar cells, in a fashion that produces substantially more...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Achieves Highest Sustainability Rating From “The Princeton Review”

August 28, 2012 — Originally posted on MyVU Vanderbilt University has been named to the 2013 Green Honor Roll by The Princeton Review. The publication’s fifth annual green ratings measured the environmental friendliness of 806 institutions nationwide on a scale of 60 to 99. Vanderbilt was one of only 21 universities to receive the highest possible score of 99....... KEEP READING »

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Love Circle alternative energy showcase project nears completion

June 12, 2012 — A collaborative wind-solar alternative energy project between Vanderbilt University’s mechanical engineering department and Nashville Metro Water Services has picked up speed with the installation of a modest 3kW (kilowatt) wind turbine at the Love Circle site close to campus. “Once the power sharing agreement with Nashville Electric Service and the Tennessee Valley Authority is finalized...... KEEP READING »

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