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‘Dump the pump’ June 19 and save money by riding public transit

June 16, 2014 — Celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 19, by taking public transportation, such as an MTA bus or the Music City Star commuter train, for your traveling needs. In addition to the environmental benefits associated with removing individual cars from roads, a recent study also showed that there is a significant monetary benefit...... KEEP READING »

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Tips for reducing your summer travel impact

June 11, 2014 — [Originally published by MyVU] Vacation season is here, and you can reduce your environmental impact with these handy, sustainable travel tips. Car travel If you are planning a road trip this summer, you will naturally want to reduce the amount of money you spend on gas – but don’t forget that reduced gas usage also...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt professor speaks on climate change at TEDxNashville

June 1, 2014 — Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law and director of Vanderbilt’s Climate Change Research Network, recently spoke on “Buying Time: The Private Governance Response to Climate Change” at TEDxNashville. Professor Vandenbergh’s academic research explores the relationship between formal legal regulation and informal social regulation of individual and corporate behavior, the influence of social...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market returns June 5

May 29, 2014 — The Vanderbilt Farmers Market kicks off the season on June 5. This will mark the sixth year of providing fresh fruits and vegetables, along with local goat cheese, grass-fed meat, healthy baked goods, and artisan foods to the Vanderbilt community. The market will be held on the Medical Center Plaza every Thursday from 3-6 p.m.,...... KEEP READING »

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Take advantage of VU’s biking resources

May 23, 2014 — May is National Bike Month, and it’s not too late to get in on this healthy and cost effective mode of transportation. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that biking one mile saves almost one pound of greenhouse gases from being produced, roughly equivalent to the amount of greenhouse gas produced by the average home...... KEEP READING »

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Infographic: 2014 Commencement

May 8, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU]  ... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Power Plant Conversion Highlighted in AASHE 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

May 7, 2014 — The Vanderbilt power plant’s natural gas conversion was highlighted as a high-impact energy initiative in the 2013 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Higher Education Sustainability Review, released April 15, 2014. Vanderbilt was profiled by AASHE because of  the announcement in spring 2013 that the University planned to convert the coal-fueled...... KEEP READING »

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Learn about air quality at Walking Wednesdays event

April 28, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Join Health Plus, the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) on Wednesday, April 30, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for the weekly Walking Wednesdays event. Steve Gild with SEMO will lead the walk and discuss air quality as part of National Air Quality...... KEEP READING »

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Diamond named Udall Scholar

April 28, 2014 — [Originally published by MyVU] The Office of Honor Scholarships is pleased to announce that Michael Diamond, a junior in the College of Arts and Science, has been named a 2014 Udall Scholar. The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students...... KEEP READING »

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The Kefi Project is taking art to unexpected places

April 23, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Can art help define our public spaces? Who gets to make this art, and does it have value beyond its aesthetic appeal? These are questions senior Kion Sawney wanted to explore when he won a 2013 Creative Campus Innovation Grant to start a public art initiative at Vanderbilt. The result is...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt again included in ‘Princeton Review’ green colleges guide

April 22, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] For the third year in a row, Vanderbilt University has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014. The book is available as a free download. Schools were chosen for the guide according to their course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment...... KEEP READING »

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SEMO Celebrates Earth Day with No Impact Week

April 22, 2014 — Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) celebrated Earth Day a little early by organizing a “No Impact Week” April 14-18 on campus. SEMO staffers converged on the Rand Wall to encourage the Vanderbilt community to improve their conservation efforts—including eating locally, conserving water and using only items that can be recycled—and then talk about...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t Toss it!—Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out Tips

April 22, 2014 — With the hustle and bustle of finishing up the semester, moving out can be a hectic process of trying to fit a year’s worth of items into cars, suitcases, and storage. For all the items that don’t fit, Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out provides opportunities to keep a large volume of material out of the...... KEEP READING »

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‘If You Stay, Use a Tray’: A Dining debate over convenience

April 10, 2014 — [Originally published by InsideVandy] Since Vanderbilt Campus Dining unveiled an HOD group’s “If You Stay, Use a Tray” campaign in Rand, which began March 24, 687 fewer to-go boxes were taken out of Rand Dining Center on weekdays during breakfast and lunch hours, a decrease of about 137 boxes per day. Through posters, social media, stickers,...... KEEP READING »

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Changes made to VU office supply procurement policy promote sustainability

March 31, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Vanderbilt Procurement recently announced several changes to Vanderbilt’s office supply procurement policy through Guy Brown, with two focusing on further aligning procurement with VU’s committment to sustainability. Automatic substitutions for selected products Beginning Tuesday, April 1, Guy Brown orders for many brand-name printer toner cartridges and various general office supplies will...... KEEP READING »

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