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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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Help Vanderbilt catch Recyclemania on campus during February and March

January 27, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Vanderbilt will compete in Recyclemania for the first time this year. Recyclemania is a friendly competition among colleges and universities to determine who is the grand champion recycler. It begins Feb. 6 and ends April 2. Students, faculty and staff can all help Vanderbilt win Recyclemania. Most...... KEEP READING »

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Bus Service from Springfield, Joelton Available

January 27, 2011 — [Originally published by VUMC Communications in MyVUMC] Beginning Jan. 31 through Feb. 11, employees who live in the Springfield and Joelton areas can ride to and from Vanderbilt for free on a Gray Line coach provided by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). If enough riders use the service (and final funding is approved), the schedule...... KEEP READING »

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Energy conservation urged as new semester begins

January 11, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] While many of our faculty, staff and students have been away from campus enjoying the holidays, Nashville has seen extremely cold temperatures and several snow events. Temperatures are predicted to continue in the teens this week as we welcome back the entire campus community. VU’s energy consumption...... KEEP READING »

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Owen Net Impact Chapter to host panel of sustainability experts

January 10, 2011 — The Owen Net Impact Chapter is proud to announce “The Triple Bottom Line: How to Sustain Profits, People, and the Planet” on Wednesday, January 19 from 6-7 pm in the Owen Graduate School of Management’s Averbuch Auditorium at Vanderbilt University. This is a unique opportunity to learn how leading companies integrate sustainability into core business...... KEEP READING »

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VU professor to discuss human rights in climate change and natural disaster on Jan. 20

January 7, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Brooke A. Ackerly will discuss “Human Rights in Climate Change and Natural Disaster” at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at a seminar sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the United Nations Association. The free seminar will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church. Ackerly is an...... KEEP READING »

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Cumberland Project workshop to assist faculty in the design of sustainability-related courses

January 4, 2011 — Instructors teaching a course during the 2011-2012 academic year with sustainability as a major theme may be interested in participating in the Cumberland Project, a two-day workshop hosted by Vanderbilt’s Program in American Studies and the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching on May 9-10 that is designed to assist faculty in the design of courses around...... KEEP READING »

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