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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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Raiding the Medicine Cabinet

November 2, 2011 — by Carole Bartoo [Originally published in the Fall 2011 issue of Vanderbilt Nurse] America has a drug problem. But it’s not what you think; in fact this drug problem is probably happening in your community – even in your own home. The problem is the accumulation of prescription drugs with no good plan for disposing...... KEEP READING »

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Nov. 16 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on celebrating the holidays sustainably

November 2, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the third installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, November 16 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join SEMO staff for a presentation and discussion on unique and creative ways you can reduce the environmental impact...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt and Cintas celebrate America Recycles Day with a VU Community Paper Shred Day on Tuesday, November 15

November 1, 2011 — On Tuesday, November 15 from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm, Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) in conjunction with VU’s confidential paper shredding partner, Cintas, will celebrate America Recycles Day with a Community Paper Shred Day offering free paper, magazine, and book shredding to all VU faculty, staff and students. Paper items from Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Electric vehicle charging stations now available on campus

October 31, 2011 — by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt University News and Communications Nine electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now open to the Vanderbilt community and general public. The stations are a joint project of Vanderbilt University’s Office of Traffic and Parking, Plant Operations, and Sustainability and Environmental Management, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Parking and Transportation Services. Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University greenhouse gas emissions down 10% since 2008

October 25, 2011 — Report released on Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 26 Vanderbilt University has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) per square foot by 18 percent since 2005 and has decreased its total emissions by 10 percent from an all-time high since 2008, according to a new report prepared by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. The GHG...... KEEP READING »

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Lecture on The Supreme Court and the Environment: 2011

October 25, 2011 —   For more information on this event, go to Supreme Court and the Environment: 2011... KEEP READING »

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Oct. 26 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on backyard composting

October 20, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the second installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, October 26 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join the Metro Beautification & Environment Commission and All Seasons Gardening & Brewing Supply Company for a presentation and...... KEEP READING »

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A tricycle recycling collection system is used to capture recyclables generated during the tailgate. (Bill Randles/Vanderbilt University)

Get caught ‘green-handed’ during Game Day Challenge Oct. 29

October 18, 2011 — On Oct. 29, Vanderbilt will compete with more than 65 schools across the country in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s second year taking the challenge. Last year, participating schools diverted 500,000 pounds of waste from the landfill, and Vanderbilt ranked first in the Southeastern Conference and seventh overall in the...... KEEP READING »

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Van Jones will deliver the 2011 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Oct. 19. (Photo courtesy of Van Jones)

Pioneering activist for clean-energy economy to speak at Vanderbilt

October 14, 2011 — By Ann Marie Deer Owens Van Jones will deliver the 2011 Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture Oct. 19. (Photo courtesy of Van Jones) Van Jones, a pioneering leader in the clean-energy movement and author of The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, will speak at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Cinema...... KEEP READING »

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Electric vehicle charging station coming to campus

October 3, 2011 — By Princine Lewis [Originally published by Vanderbilt University News and Communications] Vanderbilt University has teamed with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Tennessee Valley Authority to build an integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station on campus. Known as a Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or TVA SMART™ station, the facility will be part of...... KEEP READING »

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