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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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Heat advisory means time to conserve energy

July 12, 2011 — The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Middle Tennessee that will remain in effect this week. Increasing temperatures approaching 100 degrees combined with high levels of humidity are predicted to cause heat index readings to reach 105-120 degrees, conditions that may pose a direct threat to those who work or spend extended...... KEEP READING »

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Incorporate sustainability into summer excursions

June 23, 2011 — As vacation season heats up, cars and planes rev up to meet the needs of eager travelers. By putting a little extra effort into the planning of your vacation, you can reduce the environmental impact of your trips with these handy and sustainable travel tips. Tourism’s Impact on the Environment Tourism takes a toll on...... KEEP READING »

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Students Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer (Photo courtesy School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt)

Two Nashville juniors place third in national sustainability challenge

May 26, 2011 — By Missy Pankake, Vanderbilt News Service Two members of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer, finished third out of 24 finalists in the Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge, a national sustainability challenge. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and the School for Science and Math...... KEEP READING »

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On April 30, (pictured from left to right) David Rehse of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at MTSU presented Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for Plant Operations; Darren Bevill, campus energy manager; and Mitch Lampley, director of Engineering and Technical Support, the 2011 Energy Management Award.

Rand Hall improvements win 2011 Energy Management Achievement award

May 4, 2011 — Vanderbilt University has been awarded the 2011 Energy Management Achievement award by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognized recent energy efficiency improvements to Rand Hall. Plant Operations improved the heating and cooling system and upgraded the building...... KEEP READING »

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Anthony Hayes, left, and Charlie Evans install new energy-efficient light bulbs in Eskind Biomedical Library. (photo by Anne Rayner)

VUMC taking steps, both big and small, to cut energy use

March 24, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Office of News and Public Affairs in The Reporter] By: Leslie Hill 3/24/2011 – Vanderbilt University Medical Center spends about $38 million per year on energy. That breaks down to $26 million on electricity, almost $9 million on steam and $3 million on water. As such a large...... KEEP READING »

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High school students partner with VU students to promote energy conservation on Commons campus

February 24, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Each year, the different houses of The Commons compete for the “Commons Cup,” which is awarded at the end of the academic year to the House with the most points. This year, the energy conservation component of the competition has been given a twist with the help of Metro...... KEEP READING »

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Incentives from TVA for energy-related retrofits are paying off for local businesses

February 3, 2011 — Businesses in middle Tennessee have saved enough energy to power 1,000 homes for a year due to the completion of lighting fixture retrofits and cooling system overhauls as part of an energy-efficiency rebate program. Vanderbilt University, one of the program’s participants, anticipates energy savings equivalent to $40,000 per year for just one of its projects....... KEEP READING »

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