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Students moving onto campus recycle tons of packing materials

August 16, 2010 — Move-In, the weekend when the majority of undergraduate students move into their residence halls at Vanderbilt University, can generate a lot of potential waste. All those cardboard boxes, plastic bags and covers and Styrofoam packing materials start to add up when more than 1,500 first-year students leave home for the first time. That’s why Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Everyone at VU asked to conserve energy during heat wave

August 3, 2010 — Temperatures are predicted to hit 100° F this week and to remain in the high 90s throughout the rest of August.   As one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, please help us to make reductions now in our energy use patterns that we can sustain all year round.    We in VU Plant Operations...... KEEP READING »

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Fairview to Vanderbilt Express Coach Service available August 2

July 26, 2010 — Anchor-Trailways, a private transportation company under contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), now offers direct “motor coach” transportation from Fairview to Vanderbilt at a special discount price of $27/month (unlimited rides in a calendar month pass). Passes go on sale July 28 and the service will begin on Monday, Aug. 2. SCHEDULE Morning...... KEEP READING »

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Toner and battery recycling offered at main campus and Vanderbilt Valet locations

July 9, 2010 — Vanderbilt Valet, Vanderbilt Procurement and Disbursement Services, Guy Brown and the VU Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) are pleased to announce the availability of recycling for toner cartridges, batteries and cell phones at Vanderbilt University. Drop-off locations for toner cartridges and cell phones have been established at the following locations: –Commons Center and Sarratt...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t send $$$ down the drain: Water conservation saves money and resources

July 9, 2010 — [ Originally published in MyVU] In today’s economic climate, every little bit of savings helps. Plant Operations, VUMC Plant Services and SustainVU have been working for more than a year to find new and better ways to save water through the Campus Water Conservation Project. Not only does conserving water preserve a valuable resource and...... KEEP READING »

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Faculty-Staff Giving Campaign: Changing the environment changed her life

June 17, 2010 — [originally appeared on myVU] by Missy Pankake It’s not often that a writing assignment from your freshman year can have a lasting impact on your life, but that is exactly what happened to rising Vanderbilt senior Leslie LaBruto. A civil and environmental engineering major, LaBruto was asked to pen a rebuttal article for The Hustler...... KEEP READING »

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New paper shredding vendor saves green

June 17, 2010 — Recently, Vanderbilt University changed confidential paper collecting and shredding vendors to Cintas. The switch allows Vanderbilt to save green by saving money (Cintas costs almost 65 percent less) while helping the environment. To be more environmentally friendly and lower their costs, Cintas condensed their 5-day routes in Nashville to 4-day routes and installed idle shutoff...... KEEP READING »

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2525 West End earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR for energy efficiency

June 8, 2010 — The 2525 West End office building has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® for the eighth consecutive year, indicating that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency. The facility scored 90 out of 100 possible points. The 2525 West End building is owned by The...... KEEP READING »

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Students help to promote ‘green’ luxury

June 4, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Luxury and the Lexus brand go hand in hand. But now the car company has created a new hybrid vehicle that is more fuel-efficient, lighter and leaner. Lexus’ challenge is to reach the customer who wants a car that is both luxurious and”green.” That’s why they’re turning...... KEEP READING »

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More green elements added to Commencement

May 11, 2010 — Green printing, paper recycling, reducing plastic bottles and a reusable lunch bag are among the new green initiatives being implemented this year for Vanderbilt University’s Commencement activities. Green printing practices, including using recycled paper and envelope-free technology where possible along with vegetable-based inks, have been used for several Commencement items. Paper recycling will also be...... KEEP READING »

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Flood Relief Swap

May 5, 2010 — [Originally published on Vanderbilt University's 2010 Nashville Flood Information website] Many in the Vanderbilt and greater Nashville family have been adversely affected by the flood and are in need of resource items immediately. We will be hosting a flood relief swap on Thursday, May 6, and Friday, May 7, to help. The event is for...... KEEP READING »

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Student ‘Move Out’ presents the opportunity to recycle tons of items – literally

April 30, 2010 — [Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt students are moving out of their residence halls. This process can generate a lot of discarded items, such as linens, futons, small chairs, bedding, small drawer sets, mini-fridges, microwaves, lamps, TVs, computers, books and clothing. Rather than have all of those items end up in dumpsters and eventually the landfill,...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate Earth Day 2010 with giveaways, trivia and discounts

April 22, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Vanderbilt is celebrating Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, on Rand Terrace from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Correctly answer a trivia question about sustainability or guess how many aluminum cans are in a bale of recycling and win a 100 percent recycled, reusable shopping bag from...... KEEP READING »

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Download SustainVU’s Greening Guides

April 10, 2010 — By popular demand, SustainVU has developed a Departmental Greening Guide and an Event Greening Guide for use by the Vanderbilt community. If you are looking for ways to “green” your department, feel free to download the Departmental Greening Guide. Having an event like a retirement party, conference, or awards celebration? Feel free to use the...... KEEP READING »

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Go green this St. Patrick’s Day with sustainable foods

March 12, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Vanderbilt Dining will host a sustainable foods display in honor of St. Patrick’s Day on Wednesday, March 17. Stop by the Wall outside of Rand Hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn about environmentally and socially-responsible food production, to...... KEEP READING »

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