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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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Talk by Elinor Ostrom, Nobel Laureate in Economics

February 29, 2012 — On Thursday, March 1 at 4 pm at the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Elinor Ostrum, Nobel Laureate in Economics and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, will speak.  Her talk is titled “Updating the Theory of Collective Action and the Commons.” Professor Ostrom is the first woman to win...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Printing Services to become FSC certified

February 29, 2012 — [Originally featured by Vanderbilt News and Communications in MyVU] Tom Fox, director of Vanderbilt University Printing Services, has announced that his facility has begun the process of becoming Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain-of-Custody certified. Upon completion of the work to implement the FSC rules and procedures within the organization, VUPS will be able to provide...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt campus expands plastic recycling

February 20, 2012 — Just in time for a strong finish in RecycleMania, the Vanderbilt campus recycling program is expanding plastics recycling to include all plastic containers. Previous recycling vendor restrictions only allowed for recycling plastic bottles with resin codes 1 and 2 in the past on Vanderbilt’s main academic campus and in student areas. The campus recycling program...... KEEP READING »

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Feb. 29 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on green spring cleaning

February 15, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the sixth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, February 29 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Megan Morton of Pro Utilitas for an up close look at the chemicals in conventional cleaners, ways to...... KEEP READING »

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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

February 6, 2012 — Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts. Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the case. When showing their affection for each other, Americans tend...... KEEP READING »

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New Waste Disposal and Recycling Support Service awarded to Waste Management

February 2, 2012 — After nearly 30 years with another disposal service, Vanderbilt has awarded the contract for waste disposal and recycling support service to Waste Management, effective January 1. The majority of equipment owned by the previous supplier was replaced with new dumpsters and compactors over the holiday break. Waste Management is now handling all Vanderbilt service requirements...... KEEP READING »

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Pitch In for RecycleMania

February 1, 2012 — Recycling is a positive thing to do all the time, but RecycleMania provides an extra incentive to recycle during the months of February and March. RecycleMania began in 2001 as a friendly competition between two universities to encourage recycling. It has grown to an international competition among over 600 colleges and universities. With recycling bins...... KEEP READING »

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