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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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Solar film has been installed at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant in a project sponsored by the Vanderbilt Green Fund. (John Russell/Vanderbilt)

Vanderbilt Green Fund solar installation combines student initiative, renewable energy technology

September 23, 2011 — An innovative solar energy installation now adorns a concrete silo at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant. The unique, 8.16-kilowatt, student-initiated solar project – made possible by funding from the Vanderbilt Green Fund – incorporates renewable energy technologies while providing access to usable, real-time electricity generation data that will be available to the public online. Last...... KEEP READING »

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MTA improves West End bus service

September 22, 2011 — On Sept. 25, MTA bus service will be expanded along the busy West End corridor. Two new routes and a modified Route 3 West End will create unprecedented access and improved frequencies between downtown Nashville and West End Avenue. Buses will operate along the West End corridor from Music City Central to West End and...... KEEP READING »

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Green screen film series explores environmental issues

September 19, 2011 — [Article originally published on InsideVandy.com] By Lauren Koenig Throughout the fall semester, the Alternative Energy Club (AEC) will be screening five documentaries on a variety of environmental topics as part of the Green Screen film series. While some of the movies focus on familiar environmental issues such as energy consumption, others present subject matter that...... KEEP READING »

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Walker named recycling coordinator, spearheads recycling effort at Move In

September 12, 2011 — by Kara Furlong Lindsay Walker was named campus recycling coordinator July 1, in time to spearhead recycling efforts at first-year student Move In in August. At this year’s Move In, Vanderbilt recycled 34 percent more cardboard than last year – almost 18 tons in one day. This effort was accomplished in collaboration with Students Promoting...... KEEP READING »

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A sustainable Vanderbilt

September 5, 2011 — by Lucas Loffredo [Article originally featured on InsideVandy] Sustainability is, as defined by Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), “the development of a process or management system that helps to create a vibrant campus economy and high quality of life while respecting the need to sustain natural resources and protect the environment.” Opinions...... KEEP READING »

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Year-long Green Bag luncheon series to address current sustainability topics

September 1, 2011 — Starting in September, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project are sponsoring a Green Bag luncheon series that focuses on the environment and sustainability, both at work and at home. This educational series features informal lunchtime discussions and workshops – from sustainable food and dining choices to backyard composting...... KEEP READING »

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