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World Water Day 2012 examines the relationship between water and food security

March 15, 2012 — Have you ever thought about where the water you drink, cook with, or bathe in comes from? Access to clean water is central to our well-being. It is a critical resource necessary for survival, contributing to human health, nourishment, irrigation and transportation. When we turn on the faucet or shower or flush a toilet, we...... KEEP READING »

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March 28 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on sustainable landscaping and gardening

March 1, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the seventh installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, March 28 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Julie Berbiglia of Metro Water Services for an up-close look at rain barrels, stormwater management, and pollution prevention...... KEEP READING »

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Talk by Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economics

February 29, 2012 — On Thursday, March 1 at 4 pm at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Elinor Ostrum, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, will speak.  Her talk is titled “Updating the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons.” Professor Ostrom is the first woman to win...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Printing Services to become FSC certified

February 29, 2012 — [Originally featured by Vanderbilt News and Communications in MyVU] Tom Fox, director of Vanderbilt University Printing Services, has announced that his facility has begun the process of becoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified. Upon completion of the work to implement the FSC rules and procedures within the organization, VUPS will be able to provide...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt campus expands plastic recycling

February 20, 2012 — Just in time for a strong finish in RecycleMania, the Vanderbilt campus recycling program is expanding plastics recycling to include all plastic containers. Previous recycling vendor restrictions only allowed for recycling plastic bottles with resin codes 1 and 2 in the past on Vanderbilt’s main academic campus and in student areas. The campus recycling program...... KEEP READING »

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Feb. 29 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on green spring cleaning

February 15, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the sixth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, February 29 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Megan Morton of Pro Utilitas for an up close look at the chemicals in conventional cleaners, ways to...... KEEP READING »

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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2012 — Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts. Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the case. When showing their affection for each other, Americans tend...... KEEP READING »

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New Waste Disposal and Recycling Support Service awarded to Waste Management

February 2, 2012 — After nearly 30 years with another disposal service, Vanderbilt has awarded the contract for waste disposal and recycling support service to Waste Management, effective January 1. The majority of equipment owned by the previous supplier was replaced with new dumpsters and compactors over the holiday break. Waste Management is now handling all Vanderbilt service requirements...... KEEP READING »

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Pitch In for RecycleMania

February 1, 2012 — Recycling is a positive thing to do all the time, but RecycleMania provides an extra incentive to recycle during the months of February and March. RecycleMania began in 2001 as a friendly competition between two universities to encourage recycling. It has grown to an international competition among over 600 colleges and universities. With recycling bins...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Ventures awards re{cycle}, brings bike rental to campus

January 31, 2012 — [Originally featured on InsideVandy] by Camille Parker Biking as a means of transportation on campus and around Nashville will now be more accessible to students through a new on-campus bicycle rental business. Starting in mid-March, re{cycle} will offer all undergraduates daily bicycle rental for $10 a day, payable on the Commodore Card. Re{cycle}, a student-led...... KEEP READING »

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