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August 26, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s sustainability programs are discussed in the latest edition of Sustainable Business Magazine, the premiere platform for senior executives to share ways in which they are meeting 21st Century challenges.  You can read about our new College Halls, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, conversion of Vanderbilt’s power plant to 100% natural gas, and much more....... KEEP READING »

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Help Tackle Recycling During 2014 Football Season

August 25, 2014 — Vanderbilt has partnered with Waste Management again to support the university’s environmental initiatives throughout campus, and Commodore fans can help protect the environment by recycling items at each home football game. The partnership is in conjunction with the continued campus-wide efforts of Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility...... KEEP READING »

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Earth-friendly Move In Tips for Students

August 6, 2014 — Download the Move In flier here!... KEEP READING »

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August SustainVU Newsletter Now Available!

August 1, 2014 — Check out what’s going on this month in the August SustainVU newsletter! It has been really quiet on campus this summer without the students around, so we’re excited that they’ll be moving back in this month! Be sure to check out our Earth-friendly move in tips if you are a Vandy student, and we can’t...... KEEP READING »

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Hospital plaza set to undergo major restoration

July 18, 2014 — [Originally published by VUMC Reporter] After little change since its construction in 1977, one of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s most familiar landmarks, the plaza behind Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), is undergoing restoration. The VUH plaza is a major outdoor thoroughfare for tens of thousands of pedestrians each day, with its surface and existing architecture,...... KEEP READING »

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Natural gas boilers installed at power plant

July 16, 2014 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt News] (Steve Green/Vanderbilt) Two massive natural gas boilers were installed at the Vanderbilt Power Plant July 12 as part of the university’s ongoing effort to convert the co-generation facility completely to natural gas. The new boilers will provide steam to more than 5.8 million square feet of building space at the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt’s waste and recycling vendor converts vehicles to compressed natural gas

July 8, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s waste and recycling vendor, Waste Management, has launched a new fleet of natural gas-powered trash collection vehicles in conjunction with the opening of a self-service compressed natural gas (CNG) retail fueling station in Nashville. The station will refuel Waste Management’s local fleet and sell CNG to commercial fleets as well as to retail consumers...... KEEP READING »

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Trees to be relocated; recycled during construction of Engineering and Science Building

July 7, 2014 — [Originally published by MyVU] Signs and fencing have gone up at the corner of Highland and 25th avenues, the construction site for the new Engineering and Science Building. Additional preparation of the site will require the clearing in mid- to late-July of 66 trees so that land can be properly graded. Of that number, 42...... KEEP READING »

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Improved Paper Recycling Options through Partnership with Cintas, Inc.

June 27, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVUMC] Vanderbilt University and Medical Center recently renegotiated its contract with Cintas, Inc., for confidential paper recycling. The new contract will result in lower cost and improved recycling options across the entire campus. With the new Cintas contract, employees can help further reduce institutional costs by using the Cintas containers to also...... KEEP READING »

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10 Tips For Saving Energy At Vanderbilt This Summer

June 26, 2014 — Vanderbilt is one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee.  As temperatures begin to climb into the 90s and beyond this summer, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center. Small changes can produce big results when everyone does their part. When...... KEEP READING »

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‘Dump the pump’ June 19 and save money by riding public transit

June 16, 2014 — Celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19, by taking public transportation, such as an MTA bus or the Music City Star commuter train, for your traveling needs. In addition to the environmental benefits associated with removing individual cars from roads, a recent study also showed that there is a significant monetary benefit...... KEEP READING »

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Tips for reducing your summer travel impact

June 11, 2014 — [Originally published by MyVU] Vacation season is here, and you can reduce your environmental impact with these handy, sustainable travel tips. Car travel If you are planning a road trip this summer, you will naturally want to reduce the amount of money you spend on gas – but don’t forget that reduced gas usage also...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt professor speaks on climate change at TEDxNashville

June 1, 2014 — Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, recently spoke on “Buying Time: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change” at TEDxNashville. Professor Vandenbergh’s academic research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior, the influence of social...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market returns June 5

May 29, 2014 — The Vanderbilt Farmers Market kicks off the season on June 5. This will mark the sixth year of providing fresh fruits and vegetables, along with local goat cheese, grass-fed meat, healthy baked goods, and artisan foods to the Vanderbilt community. The market will be held on the Medical Center Plaza every Thursday from 3-6 p.m.,...... KEEP READING »

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Take advantage of VU’s biking resources

May 23, 2014 — May is National Bike Month, and it’s not too late to get in on this healthy and cost effective mode of transportation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that biking one mile saves almost one pound of greenhouse gases from being produced, roughly equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas produced by the average home...... KEEP READING »

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