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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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Grad student wins first place in DOE fuel cycle research competition

July 18, 2013 — [Originally posted by VUSE News] Lyndsey Morgan Fyffe, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, has been awarded a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition. Fyffe’s award is in the category of energy policy, and her award-winning research paper, “Developing Operational Safety Performance Measures for Nuclear...... KEEP READING »

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MTA offers special Music City Star train tickets to Wilson County Fair August 17-24

July 16, 2013 — [Originally published by Music City Star News] The Music City Star will provide train service to the Wilson County Fair on Saturday, August 17th and Saturday, August 24th. An allotment of 400 tickets will be available to the general public for each day. Cost is $20 for ages 13 and older, $15 for ages 6-12,...... KEEP READING »

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Krahn receives U.S. academy’s environmental engineering certification

July 15, 2013 — [Originally published by VUSE Alumni News] Steven L. Krahn, professor of the practice of nuclear environmental engineering, has been accepted by eminence into the the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member in the specialty practice of hazardous waste management. Krahn performs research in the technologies associated with...... KEEP READING »

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July SustainVU Newsletter Now Available

July 3, 2013 — Check out what’s going on this month in the July SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, check out tips to conserve energy at work during the hot summer months and read about President Obama’s speech regarding his plan to address climate change.The Vanderbilt Farmer’s Market is in full swing with lots of yummy fruits, veggies, breads, cheeses and...... KEEP READING »

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As the weather gets hot, practice these tips to conserve energy

June 17, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Temperatures across the South are climbing into the 90s for the first time this summer. As one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center. Slight modifications to energy...... KEEP READING »

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Enterprise CarShare offers new transportation option on campus

June 12, 2013 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Using alternative transportation to get to work—such as MTA buses, the Music City Star, carpools or vanpools—helps the environment and saves you money, but it may leave you without a mode of transportation to attend a meeting, run a quick errand or grab a bite to eat during the work day....... KEEP READING »

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Yeu-Matchuc observes World Environment Day with Vanderbilt performance

June 6, 2013 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt News] Indigenous Yoreme dancers from Sinaloa, Mexico, constructed a ceremonial hut on Library Lawn and performed songs and dances in a sacred ceremony to mark World Environment Day June 5. About 100 people enjoyed the colorful lunchtime performance by Yeu-Matchuc. Through the ancient deer dance, the performers transform into deer to...... KEEP READING »

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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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