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Jan. 25 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on campus sustainable food options and cooking with herbs

January 4, 2012 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the fifth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, January 25 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189.  Join Suzanne Herron of VU Dining for a presentation and discussion on sustainable food options offered in dining establishments...... KEEP READING »

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RTA increases fare for five bus routes

January 4, 2012 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News and Communications] Effective Jan. 6, 2012, rates will increase for five RTA bus routes: Route 89X Springfield/ Joelton Express Route 91X Franklin/ Brentwood Express Route 92X Gallatin/ Hendersonville Express Route 95X Spring Hill Express Route 96X Nashville/ Murfreesboro Relax & Ride Regular fare (one way) is $4 and not sold...... KEEP READING »

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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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Power down before leaving for the holidays

December 11, 2011 — If you are going to be away from your office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays, remember to power down before you leave. This is a great opportunity to reduce your energy consumption and environmental impact. If permitted in your area, turn off and unplug your computer, monitor, printer, microwaves,...... KEEP READING »

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Fauchet named dean at Vanderbilt School of Engineering

December 8, 2011 — by Jim Patterson, Vanderbilt News and Communications Philippe Fauchet (University of Rochester) Philippe Fauchet will be the new dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. Fauchet, currently chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, begins work at Vanderbilt July 1, pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board...... KEEP READING »

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Buy holiday gifts from local artists at Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival

November 29, 2011 — by Vanderbilt News and Communications The 21st Annual Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival will open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-10 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Sarratt Gallery. The festival will feature handmade items for purchase as well as festive daily events. It benefits the Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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WeCar vehicle sharing program comes to campus

November 26, 2011 — by Vanderbilt News and Communications The Office of Traffic & Parking announced the addition of a new car sharing program to Vanderbilt’s campus as of Nov. 22, 2011. In order to give faculty, staff and students more choices, WeCar, a division of Enterprise, now has five vehicles on campus. One vehicle each is located in...... KEEP READING »

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Dec. 7 Green Bag Luncheon to focus utility savings at work and at home

November 23, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the fourth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, December 7 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Dave Parker, green building consultant and LEED AP, for a presentation and discussion on easy and efficient ways...... 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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Feedback wanted on proposed additional bus route from Williamson County

November 17, 2011 — The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority are considering the proposed addition of a morning bus route from Williamson County to the Vanderbilt/Midtown area. The addition to Route 91X (Franklin/Brentwood Express) would travel each morning from Williamson County direct to Vanderbilt/Midtown then downtown. The return trip each evening would be from downtown to...... KEEP READING »

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Engineering seniors design a bio-inspired solar cell with EPA funding

November 11, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] A team of Vanderbilt engineering seniors has been awarded $15,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to design a nature inspired large-scale solar cell. The students, under the guidance of Kane Jennings, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Amrutur Anilkumar, professor of the practice of...... KEEP READING »

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Arun Majumdar is the first director of the Department of Energy's DARPA-e (Zach Goodyear / Vanderbilt University)

Seeking game-changing energy technologies

November 11, 2011 — by David Salisbury “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It’s time to start thinking.” This quote, attributed to the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, summarizes the main point of the presentation that the director of the newest federal research agency, the Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (DARPA-e), gave on campus this week. The...... KEEP READING »

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Smaller footprint leads to great strides in going green

November 10, 2011 — By Lauren Koenig [Article originally published on InsideVandy] Vanderbilt’s plant operations have set some big shoes to fill by substantially reducing the university’s carbon footprint this past year. According to a report released by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Management Office, overall emissions have been reduced by 10 percent since 2008. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions per square...... KEEP READING »

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VSG takes a stand on sustainability

November 3, 2011 — by Katie Krog [Article originally featured on InsideVandy] Vanderbilt Student Government Wednesday passed a resolution to “actively support the highest level of sustainable building practices in all future building and renovation projects it (VSG) has a voice in.” The resolution, presented by VSG Environmental Affairs Committee Chair Matt Brennan, calls for a commitment to Silver...... KEEP READING »

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