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Three Commons Houses Receive LEED-Gold Certification

March 16, 2009 — NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University continues to go for the gold with its latest LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification of three new residence halls. This brings the total to seven LEED-certified buildings at The Commons, the university’s new campus for first-year students. A project team of Nashville-based building, design and construction...... KEEP READING »

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So what is a carbon footprint and why is Vanderbilt calculating one?

March 6, 2009 — On February 23, Vanderbilt announced that a carbon footprint, or greenhouse gas inventory, would be created for the first time. This article is the first in a series discussing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint. The terms “carbon footprint” and “greenhouse gas” are used a lot in the news and on TV, but what do they really mean?...... KEEP READING »

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VU to calculate carbon footprint

February 20, 2009 — Vanderbilt plans to calculate its carbon footprint this spring through a greenhouse gas emissions inventory. The inventory will determine the amount of the six greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere in an average year, based on 2005-2007 data. These greenhouse gases are: carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride. Greenhouse gases trap...... KEEP READING »

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Another look at the coal plant

February 1, 2009 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Student Communications in InsideVandy] By Simon Hirsch President Barack Obama’s inauguration last month and a December coal spill in Kingston, Tenn. both may lead to an increased focus on campus coal safety. Obama’s energy plan aims to simultaneously provide short-term relief to American families, eliminate current imports from the Middle East...... KEEP READING »

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Net Impact group creates illustration of wasted paper

January 28, 2009 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Net Impact group at the Owen Graduate School of Management recently built a special display in the school’s stairwell. The Smart Printing display was built using wasted paper found near Owen printers over a three-week span. The display is part of an educational campaign to discourage...... KEEP READING »

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James Berry, M.D., and Leland Lancaster, M.D., with the recycling system they developed to collect and reuse anesthesiology gases. Photo: Susan Urmy

New technology collects, recycles exhaled anesthetic

November 7, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt Medical Center's Office of News and Communication in The VUMC Reporter] By Leslie Hast A new technology, called the Dynamic Gas Scavenging System (DGSS), could have an impact on both the environment and health care economics. The system, invented by James Berry, M.D., professor of Anesthesiology, along with Leland Lancaster, M.D,...... KEEP READING »

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Seven easy actions you can do today to save the environment and gas

October 20, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Want to save gasoline, lower your power bills and help save the environment? New Vanderbilt research identifies seven simple actions individuals can start today that have the potential to dramatically reduce energy use and carbon emissions. Individuals generate up to 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions....... KEEP READING »

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Sustainability and Environmental Management Office to kick off event recycling program at football game against Duke

October 8, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) will offer coordinated recycling at Vanderbilt’s last three home football games this season, beginning this Saturday, Oct. 25, at the game against Duke. “Major events on campus present the opportunity to recycle a large amount of material that would otherwise...... KEEP READING »

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Cutting through the hype: What science tells us about climate change

August 15, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] “Global Warming – What do we know and what we should do?” is the title of a free public lecture that will be given Thursday afternoon, Sept. 4, on the Vanderbilt University campus. The speaker will be Richard Somerville, a coordinating lead author of the United Nation’s...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt extends ‘Free Ride to Work’ to graduate and professional students

August 14, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Beginning Aug. 15, Vanderbilt University will extend its Free Ride program to graduate and professional school students, allowing them to commute to and from campus for free. The Free Ride to Work program, offered in partnership with Metro’s Transit Authority, has been offered to Vanderbilt employees since...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt under energy curtailment

July 24, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Because of the soaring temperatures and the accompanying demand placed on energy resources, the Tennessee Valley Authority has issued an energy curtailment beginning July 24 and lasting at least 15 days. During this period, members of the Vanderbilt community are being asked to reduce their energy consumption....... KEEP READING »

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Need some environmentally friendly printing done?

July 23, 2008 — [Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt Printing Services is committed to being environmentally responsible. Vanderbilt Printing Services offers green printing options such as: Recycled stock or paper made from renewable resources Inks formulated and manufactured to be environmentally responsible and incorporate the use of renewable resources of vegetable oils (soy oil included) All standard business cards...... KEEP READING »

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The Commons earns environmental award from the state

June 23, 2008 — The Commons is an award-winning facility even before it opens this fall for the class of 2012. Vanderbilt received a Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award last week for The Commons, one of 14 winners recognized for their positive impact on the state’s natural resources. The Commons includes five new and five renovated residence houses, The Common’s...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University goes for the gold and wins for ‘green’ building efforts

June 16, 2008 — Vanderbilt University is the first university in the state to receive Gold level certification for its environmentally friendly construction from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. Vanderbilt earned the recognition for The Commons Center, which is part of the university’s new community for first-year students,...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt University’s electronics recycling event is huge success

May 21, 2008 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Last week, Vanderbilt University helped sponsor an electronics recycling drive. The first three days, higher education institutions, K-12 schools, school districts, government agencies and nonprofit organizations brought equipment to LP Field to be recycled. The fourth day was open to the public. An amazing amount of electronics...... KEEP READING »

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