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SEMO office moves to Wesley Place

February 25, 2016 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) office is relocating to Wesley Place on Monday February 29 and will be located in the office previously occupied by Vanderbilt Traffic and Parking. The new SEMO office is located behind CVS and Bruegger’s Bagels and across from Ben and Jerry’s at 2034 Scarritt Place. We welcome everyone...... KEEP READING »

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Pope’s call for ecological action focus of cross-disciplinary talks

January 21, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. “On Care for Our Common Home: Philosophical, Practical and Theological Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Eco-Encyclical” will take place at Vanderbilt University Divinity School starting Jan. 22. The series of cross-disciplinary talks is designed to spark community conversations on Pope Francis’ environmental letter. Pope Francis explicitly addresses “every person living on...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Web Communications named greenest group on campus

November 24, 2015 — Vanderbilt Web Communications won this year’s football sustainability competition and was named the ‘greenest group on campus’ this football season. This competition is sponsored by Waste Management Inc., Vanderbilt Athletics and the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO). The group celebrated their win with a catered tailgate and an on-field award ceremony at the...... KEEP READING »

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Universities should lead in developing solutions to global challenges, chancellor says

November 19, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Universities should be leaders in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global society, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said Nov. 16 at the annual Global Action Summit. “Our mission is to serve humanity, and to do that, we have to look at the constellation of issues that face us...... KEEP READING »

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Green the season: Holiday waste reduction tips

November 13, 2015 — In honor of America Recycles Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 15, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has some tips for reducing waste and making your holiday season more sustainable. Americans throw away 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than other parts of the year, resulting in about 1...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt sustainability groups to help bring ‘green’ education to MNPS students next spring

October 9, 2015 — SustainVU, the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach and Vanderbilt Student Volunteers forScience are subgrant recipients of a $91,000, two-year EPA grant to Nashville’s Urban Green Lab to deliver hands-on science and sustainability education to Nashville middle- and high-schoolers. With assistance from partners Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nissan North America, the Urban Green Lab’s mobile...... KEEP READING »

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Second Annual Commons Unplugged: October 25-31

September 29, 2015 — The second annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, October 25 to Saturday, October 31, 2015 will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population. These events are presented by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and...... KEEP READING »

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

September 28, 2015 — VU Athletics, the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Waste Management, Inc. are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Football Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP tailgate event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-field recognition...... KEEP READING »

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Life Phase Series: ‘Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening’

September 24, 2015 — Originally published by MyVU. The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center presents the next installment in its Life Phase Series on Thursday, Oct. 8. “Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening” is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the VRWC. Feel free to bring your lunch to the event. Guest speaker Ryan Cooper, an...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining & Coca-Cola Bring OCRA Digester to Campus

September 15, 2015 — Nashville, TN, September, 2015 – Organic food waste and overburdened landfills have long been an issue in food service, and developing “zero waste” initiatives is key to stopping landfilling organic waste. The Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) machine can be a significant component to these initiatives. The ORCA offers a method to digest food waste...... KEEP READING »

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