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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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Follow these tips to make your spring garden grow

March 27, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] One of the best things about spring is the amazing assortment of flowers, trees and plants that bloom on Vanderbilt’s campus and in our area. Vanderbilt landscapers and groundskeepers take care to ensure that the products and practices they use to keep campus grounds healthy and vibrant do not have a...... KEEP READING »

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SEMO Sustainability Intern Position for Summer 2014

March 24, 2014 — A student intern position in the VU Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) will be available full-time from mid-May through mid-August. Funding for this position is provided by Waste Management, Inc. Objective: The sustainability intern will assist SEMO in coordinating and promoting sustainability programs across campus and the medical center. The sustainability intern will assist...... KEEP READING »

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Climate Connections: Bridging the Gap Between Students and Sustainability

March 19, 2014 — Join SPEAR and VSG on Thursday, March 20, from 5-7 PM in Sarratt Cinema for an inspiring and informative discussion of the intersection of the environment with society. Through two TED Talks and an open panel, how climate change is intertwined with nearly everything that influences daily life, including economics, entrepreneurship, policy, food, health, and faith,...... KEEP READING »

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Practice these tips for World Water Day 2014

March 19, 2014 — “Water and Energy” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, recognized on March 22, which aims to promote water and energy conservation. Water is required for almost all energy production, and energy is used during water extraction, purification and distribution. This relationship is commonly called the water-energy nexus. At Vanderbilt, energy is used...... KEEP READING »

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In Class and Across Campus, Vanderbilt Helps Future Generations Find Relief for an Overstressed Planet

March 18, 2014 — [Originally published in Vanderbilt Magazine] Written by Joanne Lamphere Beckham From corporate boardrooms to statehouse chambers to the halls of academe, sustainability is one of this century’s biggest challenges. Although defined in many ways, sustainability is generally understood as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet...... KEEP READING »

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Did you know? Ride to work at Vanderbilt for free on an MTA bus

March 3, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] All full-time Vanderbilt employees, graduate students and Vanderbilt University Medical Center volunteers are eligible to ride to and from work for free on an MTA bus. Simply swipe your ID card upon boarding the bus. The ID should be used only for rides to and from work. Contractors, former employees and...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt wins 2013 Recycler of the Year and Video of the Year from TN Recycling Coalition

February 24, 2014 — Vanderbilt University has been recognized by the Tennessee Recycling Coalition as the 2013 Nonprofit Recycler of the Year and for having the 2013 Recycling Video of the Year in the higher education category. These awards recognize individuals, organizations, schools and businesses in the state of Tennessee that have demonstrated a strong commitment to waste reduction...... KEEP READING »

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Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

February 18, 2014 — [Originally published by Research News @ Vanderbilt] Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a U.S. Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house....... KEEP READING »

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School for Science and Math named ‘greenest group on campus’

February 17, 2014 — [Originally posted by MyVU] The School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt has been named winner of the 2014 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. The SSMV, a program of the Center for Science Outreach, celebrated its title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Texas A&M basketball game Feb. 15 with a catered hospitality...... KEEP READING »

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ChE senior enters final round of national undergraduate research competition

February 6, 2014 — [Originally posted by VUSE] Marc Panu is looking forward to a final round in March to determine a first-place award for undergraduate research that will be announced at the 40th annual convention of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in Nashville. Panu, a senior in chemical and biomolecular engineering, captured the first-place award in...... KEEP READING »

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