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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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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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Listen: Recycle during basketball games

December 31, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Recycling at all Vanderbilt men’s and women’s basketball games continues for the second year, thanks to a partnership between the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and Athletics. Sporting events provide the opportunity to recycle much material that otherwise ends up in local landfills, according to Lindsay Walker, recycling coordinator,...... KEEP READING »

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Recycling now available at basketball games

December 28, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Vanderbilt Athletics have teamed up to offer recycling at every Vanderbilt men’s and women’s home basketball game during the 2010-2011 season. Each home basketball game can generate up to 150 bags of waste. Recycling all the plastic bottles and...... KEEP READING »

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Buttrick lighting upgrade saves 34 metric tons of GHG emissions

December 22, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] A recent upgrade to the lighting in Buttrick Hall, a classroom building on Vanderbilt University’s campus, saves both money and the environment. The Plant Operations crew replaced 150 50-watt MR-16 halogen light bulbs with 6-watt light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The new LED lights will save 57,000 kilowatt...... KEEP READING »

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Listen: SustainVU offers holiday green tips

December 17, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] One of the unintended side effects of holiday traditions is the significant increase in waste and over-consumption of natural resources. SustainVU offers a Holiday Greening Guide with tips on everything from wrapping gifts to cooking a turkey dinner. Listen to a brief discussion of SustainVU’s holiday greening tips Media...... KEEP READING »

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Power down before leaving for the holidays

December 15, 2010 — [Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] If you are going to be away from work or home for an extended period of time over the holidays, remember to power down your office or home before you leave. This is a great opportunity to reduce your energy consumption and environmental impact. Turn off...... KEEP READING »

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