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Volunteers Make Move-In and Game Day Challenge Recycling Successful

October 31, 2013 — VU Collects 1.26 Tons of Recycling at EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge 18 volunteers, including members of SPEAR and Deputy Dores, assisted with the EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge after the October 19 game against Georgia to collect recycling within the stadium seating area. These volunteers collected 2,507 pounds, or 1.26 tons of recycling (cardboard,...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications Now Being Accepted

October 30, 2013 — The Vanderbilt Green Fund was established in the spring of 2011 as a way of connecting student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them. The final deadline for applications is December 3 at midnight. Apply here. For more information about the Green Fund please contact Sommers Kline (sommers.s.kline@Vanderbilt.Edu).... KEEP READING »

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November SustainVU Newsletter Now Available!

October 30, 2013 — Check out what’s going on this month in the November SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, we are excited to announce that Vanderbilt’s greenhouse gas emissions are now 19% less than in 2008! Wow! Since greenhouse gas emissions are directly tied to utility consumption and commuter behavior, a big pat on the back to everyone...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 19% since 2008

October 23, 2013 — [Read MyVU story here and full 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory here] Since 2005, Vanderbilt’s Greenhouse Gas emissions have decreased by: Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office has released an updated inventory of the campus’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the calendar years 2005-2012 to mark Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 23. This inventory illustrates Vanderbilt’s current...... KEEP READING »

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Anchor down and tackle recycling at 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge

October 9, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] During the month of October, dozens of universities across the country will participate in the 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge. In 2012, 79 participating schools with 5.4 million collective fans diverted more than 1 million pounds of waste from landfills. For the fourth consecutive year, Vanderbilt will participate in the Game Day Recycling Challenge...... KEEP READING »

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VU Achieves 60% Increase in Recycling; Cardboard Ban Takes Effect

September 27, 2013 — [Originally published by MyVU] [Read story published by InsideVandy here] The numbers are in. The amount of materials recycled at Vanderbilt rose from 3 million pounds to 5 million pounds last year—that’s a 60 percent increase. From 2011 to 2012, Vanderbilt recycled enough cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, aluminum and glass to make a major impact...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market ends October 24

September 27, 2013 — The 2013 Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Medical Center Plaza until October 24. Stop by and shop for local fruits and vegetables, dairy products such as goat cheese, milk and yogurt, grass-fed beef, eggs, pasta, honey, healthy baked goods and flowers. Cash is accepted at all vendors....... KEEP READING »

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September SustainVU Newsletter Now Available

September 5, 2013 — Check out what’s going on this month in the September SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, we celebrate the return of students to campus and FOOTBALL…Anchor Down because it must be September! This fall, you will continue to see recycling at each home football game, and we are happy to announce the new and improved VU Athletics...... KEEP READING »

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Green Lights Program Will Monitor Commons’ Energy Use

September 4, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] [Click here for story on InsideVandy] When first-year students arrived at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move In Aug. 17, they were met by brand-new Green Lights screens in the lobby of each house. The screens display real-time energy use for each residence hall and tell the viewer whether or not the...... KEEP READING »

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Please help VU recycle cardboard!

August 28, 2013 — In July 2013, Metro Nashville enacted a ban on cardboard being disposed of in trash dumpsters for entities such as Vanderbilt. This ban is meant to keep cardboard out of the local landfill to preserve landfill space, so cardboard must now be recycled. Please help us recycle cardboard and keep it out of the trash...... KEEP READING »

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2013-2014 Eco-Dores Application now online!

August 27, 2013 — Volunteer to be an Eco-Dore to improve Vanderbilt’s environmental sustainability while improving your leadership and facilitation skills! The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the Dean of Students office are recruiting Eco-Dores – students who serve as volunteer environmental mentors for their fellow students. Eco-Dores will participate in one educational event each month to...... KEEP READING »

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Nashville Energy Works Program Launches

August 16, 2013 — Nashville Energy Works (NEW), a program created by Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Environment and Sustainability and administered by Hands On Nashville, connects Davidson County homeowners with easy-to-understand information and the right resources to help lower utility bills by making home energy improvements. These improvements can help homeowners save energy and money; make homes more comfortable and help the environment....... KEEP READING »

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Amp Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project gets green light for funding from FTA

August 13, 2013 — [Originally published by Nashville MTA] The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has given the green light to officials at the Nashville Metro Transit Authority (MTA) on their quest to pursue federal funding for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed Amp Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which will connect East and West Nashville. MTA was notified late last...... KEEP READING »

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State of the Climate in 2012 Report Released

August 8, 2013 — The American Meteorological Society (AMS) released their State of the Climate in 2012 report earlier this month. The peer-reviewed report uses climate indicators to track and identify changes and overall trends to the global climate system. Some indicators include greenhouse gas concentrations, cloud cover, sea surface temperature, sea-level rise, and snow cover. Scientists from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)’s...... KEEP READING »

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Happy Anniversary to the SustainVU Newsletter!

August 1, 2013 — Happy Anniversary to the SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, we are celebrating the 5th anniversary of the SustainVU newsletter! We had a few early attempts in 2007/2008 but began our monthly newsletter in this format 5 academic years ago! What a great 5 years it has been! We hope you have enjoyed it as...... KEEP READING »

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