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Remember to power down before leaving for summer vacations!

Jun. 28, 2016—Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with these high temperatures. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away:...

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NACUBO highlights Vanderbilt’s Coal-Free Conversion in recent edition of Business Officer magazine

May. 23, 2016—The National Association for College and University Business Officers recently featured Vanderbilt’s coal-free conversion of the power plant in the May 2016 edition as bonus material to a larger overview cover story entitled “Resource Reshuffle”. The Vanderbilt story is available here and copied below. COAL-FREE CONVERSION By Karla Hignite Vanderbilt University, Nashville, burned its final...

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Hawkins Field outfitted with energy-saving LED lights

May. 2, 2016—Read the MyVU Story here. Hawkins Field, home of Vanderbilt’s national championship baseball team, recently received a makeover for the 2016 baseball season, replacing all existing High-Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures on the field with fewer Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. 152 HID fixtures were replaced with 98 LED fixtures, improving light quality on the field but...

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

Jan. 26, 2016—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. Food. Energy. Water. Not only are these critical natural resources, they are also inextricably linked with each other. Water is needed to grow food. Energy is needed to pump water and to plant, grow and distribute food. Water is required to produce energy. And so on. The...

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Power down for the holidays

Dec. 15, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Before you leave campus for the holidays, please take a moment to shut off lights and appliances, unplug electronics and lower thermostats.  Would you like to reduce your impact even more this holiday season? Here are a few additional tips to make your holiday a little greener this year. Food...

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Vanderbilt School of Engineering, partners awarded $3.5 million from ARPA-E for transformational energy technology

Nov. 30, 2015—Read the Research News @Vanderbilt story here. A new $3.5 million award from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy will support Vanderbilt University School of Engineering researchers’ efforts to create software that can control the Smart Grid – a decentralized power system that is more efficient, sustainable and reliable than America’s current electrical power...

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Students from award-winning Whites Creek academy visit school’s wind-solar demo site

Nov. 30, 2015—Read the full story here. When Whites Creek High School students and teachers looked for a ground-mount solar cell installation to visit, they didn’t have to go far. It’s a mere 15 miles to the Vanderbilt School of Engineering’s wind-solar energy demonstration site at the top of Love Circle, one of the highest points in...

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

Nov. 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...

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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

Nov. 11, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...

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Alumni Hall earns LEED Gold certification

Nov. 10, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt News Story here. Alumni Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recent renovation and addition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. Alumni Hall, which was originally constructed...

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