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What is Climate Change and Why Should I Care About It?

March 18, 2009 — Posted 3/18/2009 Several weeks ago, Vanderbilt announced its plans to calculate the university’s carbon footprint. The inventory will determine the amount of the six greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere that make up Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint in an average year. This article is the third in a series discussing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint. But how exactly...... KEEP READING »

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Three Commons Houses Receive LEED-Gold Certification

March 16, 2009 — NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University continues to go for the gold with its latest LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification of three new residence halls. This brings the total to seven LEED-certified buildings at The Commons, the university’s new campus for first-year students. A project team of Nashville-based building, design and construction...... KEEP READING »

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So what is a carbon footprint and why is Vanderbilt calculating one?

March 6, 2009 — On February 23, Vanderbilt announced that a carbon footprint, or greenhouse gas inventory, would be created for the first time. This article is the first in a series discussing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint. The terms “carbon footprint” and “greenhouse gas” are used a lot in the news and on TV, but what do they really mean?...... KEEP READING »

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VU to calculate carbon footprint

February 20, 2009 — Vanderbilt plans to calculate its carbon footprint this spring through a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The inventory will determine the amount of the six greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere in an average year, based on 2005-2007 data. These greenhouse gases are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. Greenhouse gases trap...... KEEP READING »

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Another look at the coal plant

February 1, 2009 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Student Communications in InsideVandy] By Simon Hirsch President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month and a December coal spill in Kingston, Tenn. both may lead to an increased focus on campus coal safety. Obama’s energy plan aims to simultaneously provide short-term relief to American families, eliminate current imports from the Middle East...... KEEP READING »

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Net Impact group creates illustration of wasted paper

January 28, 2009 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Net Impact group at the Owen Graduate School of Management recently built a special display in the school’s stairwell. The Smart Printing display was built using wasted paper found near Owen printers over a three-week span. The display is part of an educational campaign to discourage...... KEEP READING »

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James Berry, M.D., and Leland Lancaster, M.D., with the recycling system they developed to collect and reuse anesthesiology gases. Photo: Susan Urmy

New technology collects, recycles exhaled anesthetic

November 7, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Medical Center's Office of News and Communication in The VUMC Reporter] By Leslie Hast A new technology, called the Dynamic Gas Scavenging System (DGSS), could have an impact on both the environment and health care economics. The system, invented by James Berry, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology, along with Leland Lancaster, M.D,...... KEEP READING »

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Seven easy actions you can do today to save the environment and gas

October 20, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Want to save gasoline, lower your power bills and help save the environment? New Vanderbilt research identifies seven simple actions individuals can start today that have the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Individuals generate up to 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions....... KEEP READING »

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Sustainability and Environmental Management Office to kick off event recycling program at football game against Duke

October 8, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) will offer coordinated recycling at Vanderbilt’s last three home football games this season, beginning this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the game against Duke. “Major events on campus present the opportunity to recycle a large amount of material that would otherwise...... KEEP READING »

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Cutting through the hype: What science tells us about climate change

August 15, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] “Global Warming – What do we know and what we should do?” is the title of a free public lecture that will be given Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, on the Vanderbilt University campus. The speaker will be Richard Somerville, a coordinating lead author of the United Nation’s...... KEEP READING »

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