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Dr. Jim Clarke, Chair of the Vanderbilt Environmental Advisory Committee, Recognized

May 24, 2012 — Dr. Jim Clarke, the longtime chair of the Vanderbilt Environmental Advisory Committee, has been approved for membership in the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES) and for Certification by Eminence as a Board Certified Environmental Scientist (BCES) in the April 2012 inaugural class. Clarke is a Vanderbilt professor of civil and environmental engineering,...... KEEP READING »

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Are You Disposing of Unwanted Medications Safely?

May 15, 2012 — ​Carrie Plummer MSN, from the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, spoke with Stacey Bonner, Family Services Coordinator, about the proper way of disposing of unwanted medications and why it is so important. To listen to the podcast, click here.... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Research Brightens the Future of Lighting

May 15, 2012 — by David Salisbury With the age of the incandescent light bulb fading rapidly, the holy grail of the lighting industry is to develop a highly efficient form of solid-state lighting that produces high quality white light. One of the few alternative technologies that produce pure white light is white-light quantum dots. These are ultra-small fluorescent...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate the Tour de Nash on May 19

May 9, 2012 — On Saturday, May 19, Walk/Bike Nashville’s signature event, the Tour de Nash highlights the new Music City Bikeway. As Nashville’s largest organized bicycle ride, the eighth annual Tour de Nash provides an opportunity to get out and get active, introducing residents of Nashville to our city’s growing network of bike lanes and greenways. “The Tour...... KEEP READING »

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Solar Charging Stations for Personal Electronics Installed On Campus

May 8, 2012 — The Solar Dok patio table is located at The Commons Center. (John Russell/Vanderbilt) Members of the Vanderbilt community can now enjoy the outdoors and charge their personal electronics at the same time thanks to four solar-powered charging stations that have been installed on campus. The Solar Dok patio table is located at The Commons Center...... KEEP READING »

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New Weekday Bus Service for Madison, Lakewood Communities

May 3, 2012 — Weekday service on two new lines –Route 27 Old Hickory and Route 36X Madison Express – begins Monday, April 30. Route 27 Old Hickory will provide weekday service in Old Hickory via Lakewood. Also, a new route in Madison – Route 36X Madison Express – will offer express travel between Madison and downtown Nashville. New...... KEEP READING »

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Farmer’s Market Returns in May

May 2, 2012 — The 2012 Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market kicks off May 3 at Medical Center Plaza. It will be open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. all summer long. Stop by and shop for local fruits and vegetables, dairy products such as goat cheese, milk and yogurt, grass-fed beef, eggs, pasta, honey, healthy baked goods and...... KEEP READING »

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‘Low-Carbon Living’ talk on May 17

May 1, 2012 — The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published a book, Cooler, Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living.  David Friedman, who is an engineer and deputy director for the UCS’s Clean Vehicles Program, will talk about the book at 12 noon, May 17, in room 123 Buttrick.  This event is co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Climate...... KEEP READING »

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EPA awards $90,000 to VU seniors to develop a spinach-powered solar cell

April 26, 2012 — by Vanderbilt School of Engineering |  April 24, 2012 Earth Day 2012 proved exceptionally green for a Vanderbilt University team of five engineering seniors who designed a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for expensive silicon wafers that are energy intensive to produce, and is capable of producing electricity. The team won...... KEEP READING »

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Recycling Comes to Medical Center East and The Vanderbilt Clinic

April 12, 2012 — by Paul Govern Beginning in May, plastic and aluminum recycling is coming to The Vanderbilt Clinic and Medical Center East. Every staff break room will have a receptacle for collection of both aluminum and plastic — no sorting required. Receptacles will also be placed in several public areas inside the two buildings. According to Andrea...... KEEP READING »

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SHADE GROWN: An evening of environmental poetry, spoken word, songs, comedy and short performances

March 26, 2012 — SHADE GROWN: An evening of environmental poetry, spoken word, songs, comedy and short performances. Wednesday, April 18 5:00-7:00 pm Commons Center Dining Hall In celebration of Earth Day, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), in partnership with Vanderbilt Dining Services and the Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies, will host “Shade Grown”, a coffee house...... KEEP READING »

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April 18 Green Bag Luncheon to introduce community to sustainability discussion group

March 23, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the eighth and final installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, April 18 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Rebecca Selove (Peabody ’84) and her husband John Patrick, Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) Ambassadors, for an...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Central Library earns gold for ‘green’ renovation

March 16, 2012 — by Ann Marie Deer Owens [Article originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Vanderbilt University’s Central Library has been awarded gold certification for its environmentally friendly 2010 renovation from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The recognition makes the Central Library the first Vanderbilt campus renovation...... KEEP READING »

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World Water Day 2012 examines the relationship between water and food security

March 15, 2012 — Have you ever thought about where the water you drink, cook with, or bathe in comes from? Access to clean water is central to our well-being. It is a critical resource necessary for survival, contributing to human health, nourishment, irrigation and transportation. When we turn on the faucet or shower or flush a toilet, we...... KEEP READING »

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March 28 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on sustainable landscaping and gardening

March 1, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the seventh installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, March 28 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Julie Berbiglia of Metro Water Services for an up-close look at rain barrels, stormwater management, and pollution prevention...... KEEP READING »

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