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Mad as a Hatter: Global efforts to reduce mercury emissions

February 26, 2013 — Originally posted by Research News @ Vanderbilt Did you ever wonder what made the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland so mad? The phrase “mad as a hatter” actually comes from Mad Hatter disease, better known as mercury poisoning. In the 19th century, fur treated with mercury was used to make felt hats. Hatters were confined...... KEEP READING »

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More companies reporting profitability from environmentally friendly practices

February 21, 2013 — Originally published by CGMA Magazine. For years, companies have wrestled with the question of whether environmentally friendly business practices created enough financial value to justify investing in them. Those questions remain for many organisations as a fragile world economy demands prudent stewardship of company currency. But a new report indicates that companies increasingly are discovering...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt researchers, students part of inaugural SEC symposium on renewable energy

February 14, 2013 — Two Vanderbilt professors were chosen among energy experts from the Southeastern Conference’s 14 universities, industry and government to address renewable energy topics at the inaugural SEC Symposium, “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future” in Atlanta Feb. 10-12. Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club represented the university in the SEC showcase. The first-ever symposium is...... KEEP READING »

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

February 11, 2013 — Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition Be the Greenest Group on Campus Presented by Waste Management 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 Feb. 20, 2013 Entries can be submitted...... KEEP READING »

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VU professor discusses nanotechonology and its application within the fields of medicine and energy

February 11, 2013 — Rizia Bardhan, one of Vanderbilt’s newest assistant professors and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Science & Innovation” recently spoke with CNN about her work in nanotechnology and its applications within the fields of medicine and energy. The plasmonic nanostructures that Bardhan is researching have many applications, including use with solar cells. Using nanotechnology, the...... KEEP READING »

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Meet the VU undergraduate who just might save the environment

February 7, 2013 — When it comes to describing Vanderbilt students, the term “over-achiever” is often used. But one Vanderbilt sophomore is inventing new ways to clean the air and rescue the environment, and is receiving national recognition in the process. Param Jaggi is an environmental science and economics major in the College of Arts and Science. While still...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt scores big in game day recycling challenge

February 1, 2013 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the results of the 2012 Game Day Recycling Challenge, and Vanderbilt University scored big. Game Day challenge is a voluntary recycling competition among U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of reducing waste generated at college football games and increasing participation in and awareness of recycling. For...... KEEP READING »

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Winds offer students good view of turbine action

December 21, 2012 — [Originally posted by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] Students from the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt trekked about three miles from campus to the School of Engineering’s wind-solar alternative energy site to see a wind turbine in action atop Love Circle hill in Nashville. “The turbine was in full swing, catching strong late October...... KEEP READING »

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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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