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Green effort at Vanderbilt extends into virtual world

January 2, 2008 — [Originally published in MyVU] The computing revolution comes with a not-often acknowledged environmental cost. Computers – and the servers which allow them to run – use energy and give off heat. Then they have to be cooled down, using more energy. At Vanderbilt, officials with Information Technology Services are using a “server virtualization” strategy to...... KEEP READING »

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Recycling gathers momentum at VUMC

October 26, 2007 — [Originally published in The VUMC Employee Quarterly] Over the years, any number of offices and work groups at VUMC have launched independent recycling efforts. Now a more coordinated program is taking shape. In August 2006, a medical student group called VUMC C.A.R.E.S. (Campaign for Awareness, Recycling, and Environmental Sustainability) started a pilot recycling program, waging...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt First University in Tennessee Recognized for “Green” Building

August 27, 2007 — By Princine Lewis, Vanderbilt News Vanderbilt University is the first university in the state to be recognized for environmentally friendly construction by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings....... KEEP READING »

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New coordinator to boost campus recycling efforts

August 20, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong Green efforts on campus are getting a boost with the hiring of Vanderbilt’s first full-time recycling coordinator. Jennifer Hackett, whose longtime advocacy for recycling was in part shaped by her experience as a Vanderbilt divinity student, was named to the position in July. Though Vanderbilt has...... KEEP READING »

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VU initiates power curtailment due to record heat

August 10, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] With record heat over the past several days and high temperatures forecast for the weeks to come, Nashville Electric Service is anticipating a significant increase in power consumption across the Nashville community, leading it to issue a Power Supply Alert to its customers. In response, Vanderbilt has initiated a...... KEEP READING »

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The New Wal-Mart Effect

August 6, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] American companies and consumers can encourage foreign suppliers to follow environmental rules, researcher finds By Amy Wolf Most of America’s low-cost stores have much of their merchandise made in foreign countries, such as China. What’s become better known, because of recent news reports, are the serious safety and environmental...... KEEP READING »

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The Udall Legacy Bus Tour, a group of 13 scholars traveling the country in a biodiesel-fueled bus, made a stop on campus July 1 to discuss Vanderbilt's biodiesel efforts.

From French Fries to Clean Fuel: Using recycled vegetable oil, biodiesel inititative seeks to improve air quality on campus

July 9, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong A Vanderbilt student group’s love of nature and desire to conserve natural resources has led to a project that will produce cleaner-burning fuel for use on campus. The Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative, started by participants of Vanderbilt’s Wilskills program, will take used vegetable oil – the stuff...... KEEP READING »

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Campus asked to conserve electricity in anticipation of long, hot summer

June 25, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong June 21 marked the official start of summer, and though the daylight hours have begun their slow but steady decline toward fall, summer – and its heat – are far from over. That has some Vanderbilt administrators thinking about the university’s energy consumption, and they are...... KEEP READING »

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Nectar opened in Barnard Hall in the fall of 2006.

Natural foods store on campus garners recognition

April 30, 2007 — [Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] Nectar, a natural foods store located in Barnard Hall, recently won several industry awards for its unique approach to providing students with natural, organic and gourmet food options. The store earned the 2007 Society of Environmental Graphic Design’s A Lot with a Little Award, the National Association of College...... KEEP READING »

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Kissam Quad wins Freshman Energy Conservation Contest

April 3, 2007 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Student Communications on InsideVandy] By Harish Krishnamoorthi Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Recycling announced Kissam Quad as the winner of its Freshman Energy Conservation Contest. The contest, a pilot program for the organization’s sustainability and conservation initiative, took place March 18-31. “We decided to sponsor the competition for several reasons. One...... KEEP READING »

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