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Public Meetings Scheduled for Nashville MTA/RTA transit system

July 30, 2015 — To weigh in on Nashville’s strategic transit plan, join Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Nashville Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for a public discussion on the future of Nashville’s transit system at two public meetings in August. Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30-7pm East Park Community Center 600 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206 Wednesday, August 12...... KEEP READING »

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NACUBO members tour campus sustainability features

July 22, 2015 — Read the MyVU article here.   Vanderbilt University played host Monday to about 100 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which held its annual meeting in Nashville July 18-21. NACUBO represents more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and worldwide. NACUBO members toured...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for the holiday!

July 1, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over the holiday. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are...... KEEP READING »

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VU now a sponsor of B-cycle station near campus

June 25, 2015 — Originally published by MyVU. Vanderbilt University is now a sponsor of the Nashville B-Cycle station located near the intersection of 21st Avenue South and Wedgewood and Blakemore avenues in Hillsboro Village, adjacent to campus. Nashville B-cycle is a bike share program that allows riders to rent bicycles using an automated kiosk at one station and...... KEEP READING »

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Unclaimed bicycles donated to neighborhood youth organization

June 2, 2015 — See the Tennessean article here. In the Edgehill community, Terry Key and his tight-knit group of neighborhood kids have a new batch of bicycles, thanks to Vanderbilt University! The Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Plant Operations arranged to donate bicycles to the Edgehill Bike Club that went unclaimed from campus and were...... KEEP READING »

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Deciphering clues to prehistoric climate changes locked in cave deposits

May 27, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. When the conversation turns to the weather and the climate, most people’s thoughts naturally drift upward toward the clouds, but Jessica Oster’s sink down into the subterranean world of stalactites and stalagmites. That is because the assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University is a member...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt power plant exhaust stack demolition is complete

May 22, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here.   The Vanderbilt power plant has a dramatic new look. Demolition of the brick exhaust stack, which once stretched more than 200 feet tall, is now complete. The plant’s conversion from using both coal and natural gas to exclusively natural gas has been underway since fall 2013 and included the...... KEEP READING »

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Commencement strawberries donated to Nashville Zoo and Walden’s Puddle

May 14, 2015 — Read the MyVU Story here. Animals at the Nashville Zoo and Walden’s Puddle recently enjoyed a sweet treat, thanks to Vanderbilt’s Office of the Chancellor and Commencement Office. The university donated strawberries left over from the Strawberries and Champagne celebration at Commencement to the two Nashville organizations again this year. Since fresh produce cannot be...... KEEP READING »

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Experts to discuss EPA’s Clean Power Plan May 18-19 at Vanderbilt

May 11, 2015 — See the Vanderbilt News story here. An in-depth exploration of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to significantly reduce carbon emissions from power plants is the topic of a two-day conference being held May 18-19 at Vanderbilt University Law School. The event, “The Clean Power Plan: Health, Energy Demand and Economic Effects,” is...... KEEP READING »

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Donation and recycling options expanded on campus April 20 – May 10 for Earth Friendly Move Out

April 16, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Just in time for student move-out and spring cleaning your office, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded from April 20 to May 10. “Earth Friendly Move Out” donation and recycling locations will be available until May 2 on the Ingram Commons until May 10 on main campus....... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt celebrates the end of coal

April 13, 2015 — Originally published by Vanderbilt News. See a video of the event here. University leaders, students, faculty and staff gathered in the shadow of the university power plant Thursday, April 9, to celebrate Vanderbilt’s conversion from coal to natural gas for its heating, cooling and electricity needs. “Our campus is a place of energy, excitement and...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh to lead new center to identify toxic chemicals

March 30, 2015 — Each day we are bathed in thousands of man-made chemicals that never existed in nature. They are in cosmetics and shampoo, food packaging and plastic containers, clothing and building materials, furniture and electronic devices. Although the U.S. now produces more than 500 million tons of synthetic chemicals annually, a major “toxicological information gap” has developed...... KEEP READING »

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Turning cellulose into biofuel: VU prof, grad student search for key on molecular level

March 24, 2015 — Originally published by the Vanderbilt School of Engineering found here. Brady, left, and Matt Lang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Vanderbilt University. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University) Nature exquisitely engineered a way to produce fuel from organic matter. The answer to how lies in decaying leaves on the forest floor or a backyard compost pile...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Coal Free Celebration

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Cheaper wind power possible through “talking” turbines

March 16, 2015 — Originally published by Reuters. The measurements taken inside a Vanderbilt University wind tunnel could hold the key to making wind power a viable, cost effective energy source in the future, according to Professor Doug Adams and his team of engineers. Inside a massive 20,000 square foot laboratory, Adams and his team fitted inertial sensors on two...... KEEP READING »

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