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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Nov. 20, 2013—[Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt...

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Green Lights Program Will Monitor Commons’ Energy Use

Sep. 4, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] [Click here for story on InsideVandy] When first-year students arrived at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move In Aug. 17, they were met by brand-new Green Lights screens in the lobby of each house. The screens display real-time energy use for each residence hall and tell the viewer whether or not the...

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Nashville Energy Works Program Launches

Aug. 16, 2013—Nashville Energy Works (NEW), a program created by Mayor Karl Dean’s Office of Environment and Sustainability and administered by Hands On Nashville, connects Davidson County homeowners with easy-to-understand information and the right resources to help lower utility bills by making home energy improvements. These improvements can help homeowners save energy and money; make homes more comfortable and help the environment....

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Grad student wins first place in DOE fuel cycle research competition

Jul. 18, 2013—[Originally posted by VUSE News] Lyndsey Morgan Fyffe, a doctoral student in environmental engineering, has been awarded a first place prize in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards competition. Fyffe’s award is in the category of energy policy, and her award-winning research paper, “Developing Operational Safety Performance Measures for Nuclear...

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As the weather gets hot, practice these tips to conserve energy

Jun. 17, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] Temperatures across the South are climbing into the 90s for the first time this summer. As one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center. Slight modifications to energy...

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VANTAGE Lab’s Gold LEED certification is 14th Certified Project at Vanderbilt

Apr. 29, 2013—The Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics (VANTAGE) laboratory, located in the basement of Medical Center North, recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the14th certified project and the first laboratory renovation to achieve LEED certification at Vanderbilt. Designed by Donald Blair Architects from...

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Science and math students take green campus tour

Apr. 29, 2013—[Originally published by MyVU] On April 8, first-year students in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) participated in the annual “Earth, Wind and Fire” tour to learn about energy production and the sustainable features of Vanderbilt’s campus. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Plant Operations act as hosts each year....

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VU Power Plant to Convert to All-Natural Gas

Apr. 22, 2013—As of November 19, 2014, Vanderbilt is coal free! Vanderbilt University currently has an on-campus co-generation, natural gas-fueled power plant which produces 23% of our electricity and 100% of our steam, servicing 12 million square feet of building space. This steam is then used for 90% of campus heating, sterilization, and 40% of campus cooling....

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2013 Green Fund winners announced

Apr. 4, 2013—[Originally posted by InsideVandy] The 2013 winners of the Vanderbilt Green Fund were announced this week. The Green Fund, which was established in the spring 2011, connects student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them via university funds. The winners were selected based on the the project’s adherence to the criteria of being “visible...

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Professor Hannah Wiseman to speak on natural gas fracturing

Mar. 26, 2013—On Wednesday, March 28 at 4pm Hannah Wiseman, assistant professor of law at Florida State University College of Law, will be speaking in the Covington Room at Vanderbilt Law School on “Natural Gas Fracturing, Federalism Debates and the Regulatory Divide” in a lecture sponsored by the Vanderbilt Law School Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program....

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