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Tree of Knowledge sculpture decked out for holidays (Derek Bruff/Vanderbilt)

Listen: Stay green over the holidays

December 21, 2011 — by Ann Marie Deer Owens Many folks look forward to holiday traditions like decorating, shopping and entertaining this time of year. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has put together a list of 15 actions that can tweak your traditions to make them a little greener. Listen to an interview with SEMO staff to...... KEEP READING »

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J.B. Ruhl (courtesy of Vanderbilt University Law School)

Law professor sees progress where environmental and economic good meets

November 18, 2011 — by Amy Wolf [Article originally published in Vanderbilt View] Environmental law and property law expert J.B. Ruhl said he considers himself part of the “radical middle” when it comes to helping craft solutions to controversial environmental issues. “Sometimes you need to take an environmental good and pair it up with an economic good to get...... KEEP READING »

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Fifteen ways to go green this holiday season

November 17, 2011 — by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt University News and Communications The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it can also be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during the holiday season. And who has never thrown away freezer-burnt leftovers because nobody got around to eating them? Add...... KEEP READING »

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Raiding the Medicine Cabinet

November 2, 2011 — by Carole Bartoo [Originally published in the Fall 2011 issue of Vanderbilt Nurse] America has a drug problem. But it’s not what you think; in fact this drug problem is probably happening in your community – even in your own home. The problem is the accumulation of prescription drugs with no good plan for disposing...... KEEP READING »

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Nov. 16 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on celebrating the holidays sustainably

November 2, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the third installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join SEMO staff for a presentation and discussion on unique and creative ways you can reduce the environmental impact...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt and Cintas celebrate America Recycles Day with a VU Community Paper Shred Day on Tuesday, November 15

November 1, 2011 — On Tuesday, November 15 from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) in conjunction with VU’s confidential paper shredding partner, Cintas, will celebrate America Recycles Day with a Community Paper Shred Day offering free paper, magazine, and book shredding to all VU faculty, staff and students. Paper items from Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University greenhouse gas emissions down 10% since 2008

October 25, 2011 — Report released on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 26 Vanderbilt University has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) per square foot by 18 percent since 2005 and has decreased its total emissions by 10 percent from an all-time high since 2008, according to a new report prepared by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. The GHG...... KEEP READING »

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Oct. 26 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on backyard composting

October 20, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the second installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, October 26 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join the Metro Beautification & Environment Commission and All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply Company for a presentation and...... KEEP READING »

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A tricycle recycling collection system is used to capture recyclables generated during the tailgate. (Bill Randles/Vanderbilt University)

Get caught ‘green-handed’ during Game Day Challenge Oct. 29

October 18, 2011 — On Oct. 29, Vanderbilt will compete with more than 65 schools across the country in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s second year taking the challenge. Last year, participating schools diverted 500,000 pounds of waste from the landfill, and Vanderbilt ranked first in the Southeastern Conference and seventh overall in the...... KEEP READING »

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Green screen film series explores environmental issues

September 19, 2011 — [Article originally published on InsideVandy.com] By Lauren Koenig Throughout the fall semester, the Alternative Energy Club (AEC) will be screening five documentaries on a variety of environmental topics as part of the Green Screen film series. While some of the movies focus on familiar environmental issues such as energy consumption, others present subject matter that...... KEEP READING »

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