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Vanderbilt Power Plant Conversion Highlighted in AASHE 2013 Higher Education Sustainability Review

May. 7, 2014—The Vanderbilt power plant’s natural gas conversion was highlighted as a high-impact energy initiative in the 2013 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)’s Higher Education Sustainability Review, released April 15, 2014. Vanderbilt was profiled by AASHE because of  the announcement in spring 2013 that the University planned to convert the coal-fueled...

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SEMO Celebrates Earth Day with No Impact Week

Apr. 22, 2014—Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) celebrated Earth Day a little early by organizing a “No Impact Week” April 14-18 on campus. SEMO staffers converged on the Rand Wall to encourage the Vanderbilt community to improve their conservation efforts—including eating locally, conserving water and using only items that can be recycled—and then talk about...

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Practice these tips for World Water Day 2014

Mar. 19, 2014—“Water and Energy” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, recognized on March 22, which aims to promote water and energy conservation. Water is required for almost all energy production, and energy is used during water extraction, purification and distribution. This relationship is commonly called the water-energy nexus. At Vanderbilt, energy is used...

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Energy News Water


Nashville team’s ‘Harmony House’ scores a spot in international Solar Decathlon

Feb. 18, 2014—[Originally published by Research News @ Vanderbilt] Team Music City, an interdisciplinary group from Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, has been selected to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2015, a U.S. Department of Energy event that challenges students to design and build a functioning, energy-efficient, solar-powered house....

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University saves more than $200,000; Commons Center is Energy Bowl winner

Jan. 26, 2014—[Originally posted by MyVU] Energy conservation measures taken on the Vanderbilt campus during December’s Energy Bowl Challenge resulted in more than $200,000 in energy savings, according to Vanderbilt Plant Operations and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office. The Commons Center at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons was the campus winner, with an impressive 31 percent...

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Pharmacology lab named VUMC “Go Green for the Holidays” contest winner

Jan. 21, 2014—[Originally posted by MyVUMC] Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Plant Services and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) announced that energy conservation measures taken during the VUMC Go Green for the Holidays and the VU campus Energy Bowl contest resulted in more than $200,000 in energy savings. The Pharmacology laboratory on the 4th floor of...

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Vanderbilt alum, co-founder of Ubiquitous Energy, named to “Forbes” 30 under 30

Jan. 16, 2014—Vanderbilt University School of Engineering alum, Miles Barr, is one of five VU alums to be named to Forbes magazine’s “30 Under 30.” The list highlights the brightest stars under the age of 30 who are making waves in categories such as finance, technology, education and energy. Barr, who received a bachelor of engineering degree from...

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Reminder to University staff: Take the Energy Bowl Challenge to conserve energy (and win pizza!)

Dec. 20, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] Note: The Medical Center is going green for the holidays a little differently. VUMC employees, please refer to this story for more details. Last week, Plant Operations implemented several intensive energy-conservation measures throughout University Central for the three weeks of winter break and invited faculty, staff and students remaining on campus...

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VUMC Staff: Labs encouraged to power down over holidays

Dec. 12, 2013—Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Plant Services and Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) are hosting “Go Green for the Holidays,” an energy conservation contest open to research labs during the final two weeks of December. This year, because the University’s official Christmas and New Year’s holidays fall mid-week, the number of people present on the...

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Use water at ‘comfortable’ temperature to wash hands and fight global warming

Dec. 11, 2013—[Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Signs in many bathrooms across the country recommend washing hands in hot or warm water. In fact, if Americans could be persuaded en masse to use a comfortable water temperature when washing their hands, it could prevent the annual greenhouse gas emissions totaling the equivalent of the United...

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