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Incorporate sustainability into summer excursions

June 23, 2011 — As vacation season heats up, cars and planes rev up to meet the needs of eager travelers. By putting a little extra effort into the planning of your vacation, you can reduce the environmental impact of your trips with these handy and sustainable travel tips. Tourism’s Impact on the Environment Tourism takes a toll on...... KEEP READING »

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Students Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer (Photo courtesy School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt)

Two Nashville juniors place third in national sustainability challenge

May 26, 2011 — By Missy Pankake, Vanderbilt News Service Two members of the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt, Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer, finished third out of 24 finalists in the Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge, a national sustainability challenge. They will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and the School for Science and Math...... KEEP READING »

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Take advantage of fresh foods from local farmers this growing season

May 20, 2011 — by Kendra Abkowitz, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office Tennessee’s summer growing season brings ample opportunities to enjoy fresh, locally and sustainably grown and produced vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, herbs, cheeses, bread and much more! The best opportunities for finding these food items are conveniently available in the Middle Tennessee area: farmers’ markets community-supported agriculture (CSA)...... KEEP READING »

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Nobel prize-winner tells seniors to be agents of change

May 12, 2011 — by Jim Patterson [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Read a transcript of Maathai’s talk. A Vanderbilt University graduate is a “potential great change agent,” Nobel Peace Prize-winner Wangari Maathai told seniors the day before their Commencement ceremony. “You are ready,” Maathai exhorted students in Memorial Gymnasium. “Go forth then, the world is waiting.” Maathai...... KEEP READING »

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On April 30, (pictured from left to right) David Rehse of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at MTSU presented Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for Plant Operations; Darren Bevill, campus energy manager; and Mitch Lampley, director of Engineering and Technical Support, the 2011 Energy Management Award.

Rand Hall improvements win 2011 Energy Management Achievement award

May 4, 2011 — Vanderbilt University has been awarded the 2011 Energy Management Achievement award by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognized recent energy efficiency improvements to Rand Hall. Plant Operations improved the heating and cooling system and upgraded the building...... KEEP READING »

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Have a clean Spring: Add some green to your cleaning routine

April 28, 2011 — Now that spring is well underway and the weather is warmer, thoughts turn to freshening up your surroundings. Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, and can result in simplifying and organizing your home and/or office without impacting the environment by following some simple strategies. “Spring cleaning is a great time to think about your environmental...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt turns in solid performance in RecycleMania competition

April 25, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in myVU] by Missy Pankake The RecycleMania competition is now over and has official winners for 2011. RecycleMania is a friendly recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful. Together, participating colleges and universities recycled or composted...... KEEP READING »

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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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