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Remember to power down before leaving for the holidays

December 12, 2012 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from the dorm room, office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce one’s energy consumption and environmental impact. Students: Turn...... KEEP READING »

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Regional Transportation Authority and VanStar add bus and van service direct to Vanderbilt from Williamson County park-and-ride

December 7, 2012 — [Originally posted by MyVUMC] The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) has started direct-to-Vanderbilt bus service from park and ride lots in Franklin and Brentwood, the first time that Vanderbilt commuters have not been required to pass through downtown Nashville before arriving at work in the morning or returning home in the evening. The bus (designated 91X)...... KEEP READING »

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Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology named ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

November 28, 2012 — Vanderbilt’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology was the winner of the first Vanderbilt Athletics’ Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their honor as the “Greenest Group on Campus” with a VIP tailgate, complimentary football tickets and on-field recognition at the Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee football game Nov. 17. Sam Santoro, chair of pathology, microbiology and immunology...... KEEP READING »

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Stave off holiday excess by ‘greening the holidays’ this season

November 15, 2012 — The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it also can be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during this time of year – including, in some cases, those freezer-burnt holiday leftovers nobody got around to eating. Add in all the energy use from extra travel...... KEEP READING »

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Zipcar provides transportation alternative on campus; get $40 credit

November 7, 2012 — [Originally posted by MyVU] Need to pick up office supplies or go to a meeting? With Zipcar, you can carpool or bike to work and still have wheels when you need them during the workday. Zipcar is a car-sharing service with vehicles on and off Vanderbilt’s campus that allows you to reserve cars by the...... KEEP READING »

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This Halloween, slay energy vampires

October 29, 2012 — [Originally posted on MyVU] A silent menace may be lurking around your Vanderbilt office or home. “Energy vampires,” electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still plugged in, provide no useful function and waste energy and money. This is especially true for devices with standby capability—such as a remote control...... KEEP READING »

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Greenhouse gas emissions down 12 percent since 2008

October 25, 2012 — Vanderbilt releases updated report to mark Campus Sustainability Day Overall greenhouse gas emissions from Vanderbilt’s campus and medical center have decreased by 12 percent from an all-time high reached in 2008—and by 7 percent from 2005 to 2011—even though the institution has seen significant growth in square footage, staff, students and research dollars over the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt doubles on-campus electric vehicle charging capacity

October 23, 2012 — [Originally published by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt News] Vanderbilt’s solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) charging station at the corner of 21st Avenue South and Broadway is up and operating. The Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART station, can accommodate 10 vehicles and joins five other stations scattered across the university campus and medical center, bringing the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition: Are You the Greenest Group on Campus?

October 22, 2012 — Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition Be the Greenest Group on Campus Presented by Waste Management Register | Registration (PDF) All groups, teams, departments and campus organizations are invited to compete to be the greenest group on campus. To enter, a group captain, leader or representative must complete the competition survey. - Deadline for entry is Nov. 7,...... KEEP READING »

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Grant will help professor develop battery to aid home energy use

October 22, 2012 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt School of Engineering News] Peter Pintauro, H. Eugene McBrayer Professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department, has partnered with researchers from the University of Kansas and TVN Systems, Inc. on a three-year, $1.72 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S....... KEEP READING »

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USAC and MCSAC partnering to promote ink/toner cartridge recycling program

October 18, 2012 — A new program is under way on campus to make it easy to recycle copier, fax, laser and ink jet toner cartridges, as well as old cell phones, iPods and mp3 players. It’s good for the earth and it also benefits some good causes that are close to home. The program, a partnership of the...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Green Fund application deadline extended!!

October 18, 2012 — 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. We are looking for ideas that are both visible and educational in nature. Past projects awarded have involved solar panels, light sensors, and shower timers. Applications for projects will be...... KEEP READING »

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Re(novated) Rand provides new home for re{cycle}

October 18, 2012 — [Originally posted by Maddie Hughes on Inside Vandy] When the renovated Rand space opened last week, it not only added additional seating space and new dining options, but also the first storefront for a student-run business: the bicycle rental company re{cycle}. The company was founded last year by four Vanderbilt students: then-seniors Juliette Cilia and Nissa...... KEEP READING »

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Anchor Down and Tackle Recycling at the EPA Game Day Challenge

October 11, 2012 — [Originally posted by MyVU] This month dozens of colleges across the country will participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s third year in a row taking the challenge. Last year, participating schools diverted nearly half a million pounds of waste from local landfills, and Vanderbilt ranked in the Top...... KEEP READING »

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Ecological art installation opens in Vanderbilt library café

October 1, 2012 — Originally posted by Vanderbilt News The importance of bees and Tennessee native flowers in local food production is a major theme of a new art installation at the Vanderbilt University Central Library’s Food for Thought Café. “From A to B” is housed within the display niches of the distinctive and original card catalogue that functions as...... KEEP READING »

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