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Climate Connections Carnival and Green Unity Gala highlight Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11

November 5, 2010 — [Originally posted by News and Public Affairs in MyVU.] Events are part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge sponsored by the German Embassy Vanderbilt University students will celebrate Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11 with a variety of activities open to the Vanderbilt community. The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE) and the German Embassy...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University to host one-day workshop Nov. 12 about ‘Service Learning for Sustainability’

November 4, 2010 — [Originally published by News and Public Affairs] The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and the Tennessee Higher Education Sustainability Association will co-host a one-day workshop on integrating service learning and sustainability education. The workshop will illustrate how this engagement and synergy can be fostered, building stronger bonds between the campus and the city. Special attention...... KEEP READING »

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The Commons Residence Halls / Photo by John Russell

Vanderbilt improves grade on College Sustainability Report Card 2011

November 1, 2010 — [Originally published in MyVU by VU News and Public Affairs] Vanderbilt University’s results on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card improved in five of the nine sustainability categories and stayed consistent in the other four categories. The university received an overall grade of “B,” an improvement from the C+ in the 2010 Report Card. The...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Recycling / Photo by Chris McDonald

Vanderbilt receives “B” in sustainability report card

October 29, 2010 — By Kyle Blaine [Originally published by Vanderbilt Student Communications] Vanderbilt University received a “B” grade from the Sustainable Endowments Institute’s College Sustainability Report Card, an improvement from the C+ received last year. Andrea George, director of the Sustainability & Environmental Management Office, worked with the Sustainable Endowments Institute to report relevant information to be used...... KEEP READING »

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Slay vampires, cut costs

October 28, 2010 — by Missy Pankake [Originally published in MyVU] This year for Halloween, consider doing some vampire slaying. No, not vampires with fangs and capes that turn into bats (or sparkle), but the kind that you can find in your office or at home – vampire power. Vampire power is the wasted energy caused by electronics that...... KEEP READING »

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Listen: Help VU win the EPA Recycling Game Day Challenge

October 25, 2010 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News] Vanderbilt will compete against approximately 89 colleges and universities across the country to reduce the amount of waste produced at the Vanderbilt/South Carolina Homecoming game. Hear what VU Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Hackett has to say about the event! Media Contact: Ann Marie Deer Owens, (615) 322-NEWS... KEEP READING »

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Greenhouse gas emissions down

October 22, 2010 — [Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt released an updated inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for calendar years 2005 through 2009. The report shows that total GHG emissions decreased by 7.8 percent from 2008 to 2009 and by 2.4 percent overall from 2005 to 2009. Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) compiled the report, which...... KEEP READING »

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New SustainVU website features expanded functionality, improved organization and easier navigation

October 21, 2010 — The Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) is proud to unveil a new look for the SustainVU website. “Interest in and the variety of Vanderbilt’ s sustainability initiatives has increased exponentially since the creation of the original SustainVU website in 2007,” said Andrea George, SEMO director. “To better accommodate the breadth of these efforts...... KEEP READING »

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On-campus swap event to celebrate launch of new Vandy FreeSwap website

October 21, 2010 — Have you been wondering what to do with that spare bookshelf or old CDs or books lying around? Looking for a new coffee table or some movies to watch with the family? The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), VU Student Communications, and News and Public Affairs are pleased to launch Vandy FreeSwap,, a...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt recognized by the Summit for Campus Sustainability

October 15, 2010 — Vanderbilt University received the Energy Efficiency Leadership Award during this year’s Summit for Campus Sustainability: 2010 Campus Sustainability Awards. This award is given by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy to universities that have demonstrated a commitment to energy efficiency through innovative design and policy. Having completed nearly a dozen LEED projects, including the recent...... KEEP READING »

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Help Vanderbilt win EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge at Homecoming Oct. 23

October 14, 2010 — At the Homecoming Game on Saturday, Oct. 23, Vanderbilt won’t just be taking on South Carolina. While the Commodore Nation is gearing up to cheer for Vandy on the field, we can also be helping Vanderbilt score off the field in the Environmental Protection Agency Game Day Challenge. Vanderbilt will compete with other universities around...... KEEP READING »

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Pollinating gardens created around Library Lawn as part of Fulbright Eco-Leadership Grant

October 13, 2010 — Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR), with the assistance of Campus Planning and Construction and the Plant Operations Grounds Department, planted six pollinating gardens near Library Lawn this past fall. The gardens are designed to rebuild habitats for pollinators such as butterflies, birds, bats, and honey bees that stimulate the growth of plants. Funding...... KEEP READING »

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Vandy included in the Nashville Post’s 50 most eco-friendly businesses in Middle TN

October 13, 2010 — Vanderbilt was recently ranked among the Nashville Post’s 50 most eco-friendly companies in Middle TN! The list defined green businesses as those who provide goods or services intended to improve the sustainability of others and those who employ sustainable principles in their facilities and services. VU’s LEED-certified buildings, power generation on campus, and research on...... KEEP READING »

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Saturday University series to feature lectures on energy and the environment

October 13, 2010 — This fall’s Saturday University series, “Heat, Light and Water: Lectures on Energy and the Environment,” will be presented in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Institute on Energy and the Environment (VIEE) and will feature lectures by Vanderbilt professors Jonathan Gilligan, Jack Barkenbus, Mike Vandenbergh, and Jim Fraser on topics including Climategate, electric vehicles, behavioral aspects of...... KEEP READING »

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One Hundred Oaks facility achieves LEED certification

October 8, 2010 — By: John Howser, Originally published in the VUMC Reporter 10/07/2010 – Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks (OHO) has attained LEED Certification for Commercial Interiors (CI) by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). One Hundred Oaks is Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s first facility to achieve LEED Certification. According to the USGBC, LEED is an internationally recognized...... KEEP READING »

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