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EcoSuds hand soap, used in several restrooms on campus, is made from a byproduct of the biodiesel produced by the student-led Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative.

Going Green

April 1, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in The Vanderbilt View] Some of Vanderbilt’s initiatives to reduce energy usage and help make the university more Earth-friendly include: Lightbulbs: Projects like a recent lighting retrofit at Kirkland Hall are saving energy. Replacing old-style incandescent bulbs with more energy efficient lighting has reduced electricity consumption in the building...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt’s sustainability office and Plant Operations hosted the Green St. Patrick’s Day phone book and paper recycling drive March 17, part of the campus's ongoing efforts to reduce waste.

Black + Gold = Green

April 1, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in The Vanderbilt View] When it comes to sustainability, Vanderbilt is rewriting the equation. By David Green Photography by Steve Green and John Russell When Andrea George took the helm of the newly created Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, she had no idea she’d spend so much time talking...... KEEP READING »

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Podcast: GreenVU Informational Panel Discussion

January 28, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] The GreenVU organization arranged a Jan. 24 panel presentation to discuss sustainability projects at Vanderbilt University. Listen to podcasts of the presenters: Andrea George, PhD, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office Jack Barkenbus, Research Fellow, Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies Jennifer Hackett, Vanderbilt University Recycling Coordinator Keith Loiseau,...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt discovers the ‘black gold’ of composting

January 25, 2008 — [Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt’s park-like setting that garnered it the designation of a national arboretum also means a lot of trees: more than 7,500. And all those trees produce a massive amount of leaves that, until recently, were just stockpiled at Natchez Triangle. “The Grounds Department wanted to try to incorporate green principles to...... KEEP READING »

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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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