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Chancellor: University getting greener, needs to be less dependent on federal dollars

Aug. 26, 2011—by Jim Patterson Vanderbilt must continue to develop new revenue streams to ensure its financial health in the face of federal budget deficits that are likely to impact government grants and awards, said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos at Fall Faculty Assembly. “We must, to the greatest extent possible, control our own destiny,” Zeppos said Aug....

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Reduce pollution on Air Quality Alert days and everyday

Jul. 27, 2011—Throughout the hot summer days, air pollutant levels can rise contributing to reduced lung function, wheezing, coughing, and possibly triggering asthma attacks. One of the pollutants that is harmful to human health is ground-level ozone*. Ground-level ozone is created by chemical reactions between nitrous oxides and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight....

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Rand Hall improvements win 2011 Energy Management Achievement award

May. 4, 2011—Vanderbilt University has been awarded the 2011 Energy Management Achievement award by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognized recent energy efficiency improvements to Rand Hall. Plant Operations improved the heating and cooling system and upgraded the building...

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Commuting options save money, reduce pollution

Apr. 22, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] By Missy Pankake Almost 20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions produced at Vanderbilt are from employees commuting to and from work. Combine that with gas prices on the rise, and many employees are exploring their commuting options. A Clean Air Fair focused on commuting was held...

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VU professor to discuss human rights in climate change and natural disaster on Jan. 20

Jan. 7, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Brooke A. Ackerly will discuss “Human Rights in Climate Change and Natural Disaster” at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at a seminar sponsored by the Nashville Chapter of the United Nations Association. The free seminar will be held at Belmont United Methodist Church. Ackerly is an...

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Buttrick lighting upgrade saves 34 metric tons of GHG emissions

Dec. 22, 2010—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] A recent upgrade to the lighting in Buttrick Hall, a classroom building on Vanderbilt University’s campus, saves both money and the environment. The Plant Operations crew replaced 150 50-watt MR-16 halogen light bulbs with 6-watt light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The new LED lights will save 57,000 kilowatt...

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Engineering School collaborates with Metro Water on pilot wind-solar based power generating facility

Dec. 13, 2010—[Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] The mechanical engineering department in the School of Engineering is setting up a small scale, wind-solar research and teaching power generating facility at Love Circle in Hillsboro Village. The pilot project is being done in collaboration with Nashville Metro Water Supply. The facility should produce about...

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center to Host ECOtality’s Blink Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Nov. 11, 2010—[Originally published by Medical Center News and Communications] VUMC Joins The EV Project and Will Install Blink Level 2 and DC Fast Charging Stations by June 2011 Electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of The EV Project, the largest deployment of EV charging infrastructure in history,...

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Climate Connections Carnival and Green Unity Gala highlight Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11

Nov. 5, 2010—[Originally posted by News and Public Affairs in MyVU.] Events are part of the Transatlantic Climate Bridge sponsored by the German Embassy Vanderbilt University students will celebrate Climate & Energy Week Nov. 8-11 with a variety of activities open to the Vanderbilt community. The Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment (VIEE) and the German Embassy...

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Vanderbilt improves grade on College Sustainability Report Card 2011

Nov. 1, 2010—[Originally published in MyVU by VU News and Public Affairs] Vanderbilt University’s results on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card improved in five of the nine sustainability categories and stayed consistent in the other four categories. The university received an overall grade of “B,” an improvement from the C+ in the 2010 Report Card. The...

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