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Reminder to University staff: Take the Energy Bowl Challenge to conserve energy (and win pizza!)

December 20, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Note: The Medical Center is going green for the holidays a little differently. VUMC employees, please refer to this story for more details. Last week, Plant Operations implemented several intensive energy-conservation measures throughout University Central for the three weeks of winter break and invited faculty, staff and students remaining on campus...... KEEP READING »

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Third environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

December 16, 2013 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] Eugene LeBoeuf, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt, is the third Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in two years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member. LeBoeuf’s research interests focus on developing improved...... KEEP READING »

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Amp would increase alternative transportation options to and from campus

December 16, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] The Vanderbilt community may soon have a new transit option for traveling to and from campus. The proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called the Amp, would increase the number of alternative transportation modes already available to staff, faculty and students. By 2016, the number of cars that travel on the...... KEEP READING »

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VUMC Staff: Labs encouraged to power down over holidays

December 12, 2013 — Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Plant Services and Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) are hosting “Go Green for the Holidays,” an energy conservation contest open to research labs during the final two weeks of December. This year, because the University’s official Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall mid-week, the number of people present on the...... KEEP READING »

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Use water at ‘comfortable’ temperature to wash hands and fight global warming

December 11, 2013 — [Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Signs in many bathrooms across the country recommend washing hands in hot or warm water. In fact, if Americans could be persuaded en masse to use a comfortable water temperature when washing their hands, it could prevent the annual greenhouse gas emissions totaling the equivalent of the United...... KEEP READING »

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Local foods on the Vanderbilt campus

November 20, 2013 — [Originally published by the Vanderbilt Hustler and InsideVandy] If you’ve ever been curious about where some of the food on campus comes from, look no farther than several miles down the road. Three of the largest suppliers of local food at Vanderbilt come from family farms fewer than 50 miles away. These suppliers include Delvin...... KEEP READING »

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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

November 20, 2013 — [Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Campus Dining Wins Annual Greenest Group on Campus Contest

November 18, 2013 — [Click here for MyVU story] Vanderbilt Campus Dining was the grand-prize winner Oct. 19 in the Game Day Recycling Challenge before the Vanderbilt vs. Georgia football game. Campus Dining won 25 tickets to the upcoming Kentucky football game, a catered tailgate by Whole Foods and will participate in an award presentation on the field at...... KEEP READING »

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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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