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Vanderbilt University receives ‘A’ rating on new report ranking the top 50 national universities on environmental and social transparency

April 22, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] by Missy Pankake Vanderbilt University received an “A” rating and was one of the top five universities recognized in a recently released analysis of environmental and social sustainability transparency. Using data collected during the spring of 2010 from university websites and other voluntary reporting initiatives, the Roberts...... KEEP READING »

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Many employees were eager to check out the look and feel of the new, no emission, electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf. Owner David Lifferth was happy to show it off. (Vanderbilt University/Susan Urmy)

Commuting options save money, reduce pollution

April 22, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] By Missy Pankake Almost 20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions produced at Vanderbilt are from employees commuting to and from work. Combine that with gas prices on the rise, and many employees are exploring their commuting options. A Clean Air Fair focused on commuting was held...... KEEP READING »

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Idea for community garden grows into reality

April 22, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Last year, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness (VIVA) had the idea to create a Vanderbilt Community Garden to grow crops for Vanderbilt students in organic and sustainable ways. This month, the garden became a reality with the first planting. “VIVA created the garden, along with generous...... KEEP READING »

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Attend the release of Nashville’s Open Space Plan on Thursday, April 14

April 12, 2011 — Photo credits: Gary Layda, Anita McCaig and The Land Trust for Tennessee. Directions to Shelby Bottoms Nature Center For more information about The Land Trust for Tennessee, visit http://www.landtrusttn.org/.... KEEP READING »

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VU providing free shuttle to public meeting about street cars in the midtown area

April 8, 2011 — [Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] by Missy Pankake Vanderbilt employees will have a say about whether or not street cars and other transit modes to be described at a meeting sponsored by MTA, Thursday, April 14, from 4 -6:30 p.m. at Blakemore United Methodist Church, 3601 West End. Free continuous shuttle...... KEEP READING »

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Save the Earth, save the air, save $$$ commuting: Find out how at the Clean Air Fair April 21

April 5, 2011 — Come celebrate Earth Day with games, prizes and giveaways on Thursday, April 21, from 11 am to 2 pm in Medical Center Plaza Across from Langford Auditorium* at the first-ever Vanderbilt Clean Air Fair. This fair is a unique forum for employees and students to learn about alternative transportation and commuter choice programs and products...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate Transit Week 2011 by signing the Pledge to Ride

April 4, 2011 — [Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] Join Transit Now in committing to ride transit at least once during Transit Week, April 17-23. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE. Vanderbilt offers employees a number of alternative transportation options including: Free rides to and from work in Davidson County on the Metro Transit Authority...... KEEP READING »

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Anthony Hayes, left, and Charlie Evans install new energy-efficient light bulbs in Eskind Biomedical Library. (photo by Anne Rayner)

VUMC taking steps, both big and small, to cut energy use

March 24, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center's Office of News and Public Affairs in The Reporter] By: Leslie Hill 3/24/2011 – Vanderbilt University Medical Center spends about $38 million per year on energy. That breaks down to $26 million on electricity, almost $9 million on steam and $3 million on water. As such a large...... KEEP READING »

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World Water Day examines where water comes from in urban areas

March 16, 2011 — Do you know where the water comes from that you drink? Cook with? Bathe in? Access to clean water is central to our well-being. It is a critical resource necessary for survival, contributing to human health, irrigation and transportation. When we turn on the faucet or shower or flush a toilet, we don’t often think...... KEEP READING »

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Springfield/Joelton bus starts March 1; Discount passes available

February 28, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Trip # 890 5:43 a.m. – Depart Springfield Downtown Park-N-Ride 5:55 a.m. – Depart Springfield Wal-Mart 6:14 a.m. – Depart Joelton Park-N-Ride 6:36 a.m.  – Arrive Music City Central Bay 8 6:47 a.m. – Arrive 10th and Broadway 6:51 a.m. – Arrive 21st and West End 6:54 a.m. –...... KEEP READING »

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Jump start your St. Patrick’s Day with a Green Careers Fair on March 16

February 24, 2011 — Are you looking for a way to add more GREEN to your St. Patrick’s Day? Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and The Vanderbilt Career Center are teaming up to host a Green Careers Fair on Wednesday, March 16 from 3 – 5 pm in Ballroom C of the Student Life Center. The...... KEEP READING »

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High school students partner with VU students to promote energy conservation on Commons campus

February 24, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Each year, the different houses of The Commons compete for the “Commons Cup,” which is awarded at the end of the academic year to the House with the most points. This year, the energy conservation component of the competition has been given a twist with the help of Metro...... KEEP READING »

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Operation at BP Macondo spill in Gulf of Mexico (photograph by J Henry Fair, 2010)

Noted photographer, environmental activist J Henry Fair talks ‘Industrial Scars’ March 1 at Vanderbilt University

February 23, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] by Princine Lewis Noted photographer and environmentalist J Henry Fair will give a talk on and do a slide presentation of images from “Industrial Scars,” his exploration of the detritus of consumer society through large-scale aerial photographs and documentary research, Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at Vanderbilt University....... KEEP READING »

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Incentives from TVA for energy-related retrofits are paying off for local businesses

February 3, 2011 — Businesses in middle Tennessee have saved enough energy to power 1,000 homes for a year due to the completion of lighting fixture retrofits and cooling system overhauls as part of an energy-efficiency rebate program. Vanderbilt University, one of the program’s participants, anticipates energy savings equivalent to $40,000 per year for just one of its projects....... KEEP READING »

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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

January 28, 2011 — 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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