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Engineering seniors design a bio-inspired solar cell with EPA funding

November 11, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] A team of Vanderbilt engineering seniors has been awarded $15,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to design a nature inspired large-scale solar cell. The students, under the guidance of Kane Jennings, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Amrutur Anilkumar, professor of the practice of...... KEEP READING »

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Arun Majumdar is the first director of the Department of Energy's DARPA-e (Zach Goodyear / Vanderbilt University)

Seeking game-changing energy technologies

November 11, 2011 — by David Salisbury “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It’s time to start thinking.” This quote, attributed to the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, summarizes the main point of the presentation that the director of the newest federal research agency, the Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (DARPA-e), gave on campus this week. The...... KEEP READING »

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Smaller footprint leads to great strides in going green

November 10, 2011 — By Lauren Koenig [Article originally published on InsideVandy] Vanderbilt’s plant operations have set some big shoes to fill by substantially reducing the university’s carbon footprint this past year. According to a report released by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Management Office, overall emissions have been reduced by 10 percent since 2008. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions per square...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University greenhouse gas emissions down 10% since 2008

October 25, 2011 — Report released on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 26 Vanderbilt University has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) per square foot by 18 percent since 2005 and has decreased its total emissions by 10 percent from an all-time high since 2008, according to a new report prepared by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. The GHG...... KEEP READING »

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Electric vehicle charging station coming to campus

October 3, 2011 — By Princine Lewis [Originally published by Vanderbilt University News and Communications] Vanderbilt University has teamed with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Tennessee Valley Authority to build an integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station on campus. Known as a Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or TVA SMART™ station, the facility will be part of...... KEEP READING »

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Solar film has been installed at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant in a project sponsored by the Vanderbilt Green Fund. (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt Green Fund solar installation combines student initiative, renewable energy technology

September 23, 2011 — An innovative solar energy installation now adorns a concrete silo at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant. The unique, 8.16-kilowatt, student-initiated solar project – made possible by funding from the Vanderbilt Green Fund – incorporates renewable energy technologies while providing access to usable, real-time electricity generation data that will be available to the public online. Last...... KEEP READING »

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Green screen film series explores environmental issues

September 19, 2011 — [Article originally published on InsideVandy.com] By Lauren Koenig Throughout the fall semester, the Alternative Energy Club (AEC) will be screening five documentaries on a variety of environmental topics as part of the Green Screen film series. While some of the movies focus on familiar environmental issues such as energy consumption, others present subject matter that...... KEEP READING »

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A sustainable Vanderbilt

September 5, 2011 — by Lucas Loffredo [Article originally featured on InsideVandy] Sustainability is, as defined by Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), “the development of a process or management system that helps to create a vibrant campus economy and high quality of life while respecting the need to sustain natural resources and protect the environment.” Opinions...... KEEP READING »

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Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos speaks Aug. 25 at the Student Life Center during Fall Faculty Assembly (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt)

Chancellor: University getting greener, needs to be less dependent on federal dollars

August 26, 2011 — by Jim Patterson Vanderbilt must continue to develop new revenue streams to ensure its financial health in the face of federal budget deficits that are likely to impact government grants and awards, said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at Fall Faculty Assembly. “We must, to the greatest extent possible, control our own destiny,” Zeppos said Aug....... KEEP READING »

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Photograph shows air pollution in New York City. Photo courtesy of Photos.com

Reduce pollution on Air Quality Alert days and everyday

July 27, 2011 — Throughout the hot summer days, air pollutant levels can rise contributing to reduced lung function, wheezing, coughing, and possibly triggering asthma attacks. One of the pollutants that is harmful to human health is ground-level ozone*. Ground-level ozone is created by chemical reactions between nitrous oxides and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight....... KEEP READING »

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