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Second Annual Commons Unplugged: October 25-31

Sep. 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...

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

Sep. 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...

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NACUBO members tour campus sustainability features

Jul. 22, 2015—Read the MyVU article here.   Vanderbilt University played host Monday to about 100 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which held its annual meeting in Nashville July 18-21. NACUBO represents more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and worldwide. NACUBO members toured...

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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for the holiday!

Jul. 1, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over the holiday. 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...

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Vanderbilt power plant exhaust stack demolition is complete

May. 22, 2015—Read the MyVU story here.   The Vanderbilt power plant has a dramatic new look. Demolition of the brick exhaust stack, which once stretched more than 200 feet tall, is now complete. The plant’s conversion from using both coal and natural gas to exclusively natural gas has been underway since fall 2013 and included the...

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Vanderbilt celebrates the end of coal

Apr. 13, 2015—Originally published by Vanderbilt News. See a video of the event here. University leaders, students, faculty and staff gathered in the shadow of the university power plant Thursday, April 9, to celebrate Vanderbilt’s conversion from coal to natural gas for its heating, cooling and electricity needs. “Our campus is a place of energy, excitement and...

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Turning cellulose into biofuel: VU prof, grad student search for key on molecular level

Mar. 24, 2015—Originally published by the Vanderbilt School of Engineering found here. Brady, left, and Matt Lang, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at Vanderbilt University. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt University) Nature exquisitely engineered a way to produce fuel from organic matter. The answer to how lies in decaying leaves on the forest floor or a backyard compost pile...

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Cheaper wind power possible through “talking” turbines

Mar. 16, 2015—Originally published by Reuters. The measurements taken inside a Vanderbilt University wind tunnel could hold the key to making wind power a viable, cost effective energy source in the future, according to Professor Doug Adams and his team of engineers. Inside a massive 20,000 square foot laboratory, Adams and his team fitted inertial sensors on two...

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Inaugural Commons Unplugged Week includes Green Forum and Green Fair

Feb. 11, 2015—The first-ever Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, February 15 to Saturday February 21, 2015 will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population.  Commons Unplugged is co-sponsored by The Ingram Commons, in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and the School for...

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