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Young alumna’s passions fuel sustainable solutions globally

Feb. 5, 2014—[Originally posted by VUSE] Vanderbilt alumna Leslie Labruto’s early career trajectory illustrates just how many ways a young civil environmental engineer can accommodate both her heart’s leaning and her tangible talents – in as many places as possible. Before she graduated from the School of Engineering in 2011, Leslie’s studies and service work had already...

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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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2014 Basketball Athletics Sustainability Competition Going on Now!

Jan. 6, 2014—Are YOU the greenest group on campus? 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 Basketball Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered, in-game VIP hospitality event, tickets for 20 people, a signed premium item, and...

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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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Third environmental engineering professor is certified by U.S. academy

Dec. 16, 2013—[Originally posted by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] Eugene LeBoeuf, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt, is the third Vanderbilt environmental engineering faculty member in two years to be accepted into the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists as a board certified environmental engineering member. LeBoeuf’s research interests focus on developing improved...

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Amp would increase alternative transportation options to and from campus

Dec. 16, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] The Vanderbilt community may soon have a new transit option for traveling to and from campus. The proposed bus rapid transit (BRT) system, called the Amp, would increase the number of alternative transportation modes already available to staff, faculty and students. By 2016, the number of cars that travel on the...

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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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