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Eat Green Tennessee event promotes table-to-farm support

May 30, 2013 — [Originally posted by The Tennessean] As the weather heats up for summer, we’re headed toward peak season for fresh vegetables and fruits in Middle Tennessee. We can help make sure those veggies keep coming by supporting local farmers with Community Supported Agriculture programs and by buying from growers at local farmers markets to make dishes...... KEEP READING »

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May 17 is National Bike to Work Day

May 15, 2013 — Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 17. Amenities for bikers on campus include shower areas and bike racks. In addition to being a healthy and cost-effective mode of transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that biking one mile saves almost one pound of greenhouse gas from being produced. By biking to work,...... KEEP READING »

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Commencement strawberries donated to Nashville Zoo

May 14, 2013 — The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Office donated leftover strawberries from the 2013 Strawberries and Champagne Commencement event for the first time to the Nashville Zoo. Staff from the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) organized the donation and delivered the strawberries to the zoo after Commencement events concluded. The Zoo’s elephants and lemurs enjoyed the strawberries at...... KEEP READING »

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Clean Air Week events informed, entertained

May 7, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the Clean Air Partnership of Middle Tennessee hosted a Clean Air Week scavenger hunt near Vanderbilt’s Central Library on May 1. This and other activities were held to celebrate Air Quality Awareness Week April 29–May 3. At the events, Vanderbilt employees and students...... KEEP READING »

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VANTAGE Lab’s Gold LEED certification is 14th Certified Project at Vanderbilt

April 29, 2013 — The Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics (VANTAGE) laboratory, located in the basement of Medical Center North, recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the14th certified project and the first laboratory renovation to achieve LEED certification at Vanderbilt. Designed by Donald Blair Architects from...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t Toss it!—Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out Tips

April 29, 2013 — 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 stuff into cars, suitcases, and storage. For all the stuff that doesn’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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Science and math students take green campus tour

April 29, 2013 — [Originally published by MyVU] On April 8, first-year students in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) participated in the annual “Earth, Wind and Fire” tour to learn about energy production and the sustainable features of Vanderbilt’s campus. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Plant Operations act as hosts each year....... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt profiled in USA Today for Princeton Review Green Honor Roll

April 23, 2013 — [Originally published by USA Today] The Princeton Review released its Green Honor Roll, which recognizes schools that received a green rating of 99, just in time for Earth Day. The publication’s fifth annual green ratings measured the environmental friendliness of 806 institutions nationwide on a scale of 60 to 99. Vanderbilt was one of only...... KEEP READING »

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VU Power Plant to Convert to All-Natural Gas

April 22, 2013 — Vanderbilt Power Plant Conversion Highlighted in AASHE 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review Click here for story published by The Tennessean on May 9, 2014. Click here for story published by InsideVandy on September 18, 2013. Click here for story published by Vanderbilt News on April 19, 2013. Vanderbilt University currently has an on-campus co-generation, dual...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

April 17, 2013 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt News] Vanderbilt has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013. The book is available as a free download. The Princeton Review chose schools according to their course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. Vanderbilt’s multiple...... KEEP READING »

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SustainVU presents Earth Day Happy Hour and The Lorax for Earth Day 2013

April 16, 2013 —               Join SustainVU as we celebrate Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22! Stop by Rand Wall from noon to 1pm for Earth Day Happy Hour! Bring a non-traditional recyclable, and you will get a snack and a gift! *Non-traditional recyclables include batteries, electronics, cell phones, ink and toner...... KEEP READING »

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Nashville residents, visitors taking advantage of bike sharing programs

April 15, 2013 — [Originally posted by WSMV] Reported by Jennifer Johnson Apr 12, 2013 5:54 p.m. If you’ve noticed a lot of green and red bikes around town lately, it’s not your imagination. Nashville now has two different bike sharing services that you can take advantage of, but there’s one huge difference: one’s free and the other isn’t....... KEEP READING »

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2013 Green Fund winners announced

April 4, 2013 — [Originally posted by InsideVandy] The 2013 winners of the Vanderbilt Green Fund were announced this week. The Green Fund, which was established in the spring 2011, connects student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them via university funds. The winners were selected based on the the project’s adherence to the criteria of being “visible...... KEEP READING »

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Courtesy of the Music City Convention Center

New Music City landmark defies convention

April 1, 2013 — [Originally posted by InsideVandy] For over three years, downtown Nashville has transformed to make way for its new emerging landmark — and come May 19, its doors will open to the world. Billed as the largest public development project in the history of the state, the Music City Convention Center will serve as the gateway...... KEEP READING »

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BRT for Music City: getting connected

April 1, 2013 — [Originally posted by InsideVandy] Megan Barry summed things up nicely: “We can’t lay down any more asphalt, so it’s time to actually solve the problem.” Barry, a former adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt who currently serves as the Nashville Metro Council member at-large, was referring to the impetus for the East-West Connector, Nashville’s ambitious public...... KEEP READING »

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