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Latest LEED certification is Vanderbilt’s lucky 13th

Mar. 11, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] The top floor of The Commons Center recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the 13th certified project on campus. The Commons Center was originally constructed in 2008 and is comprised of four stories. The basement, first and second...

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SPEAR named Vanderbilt’s “Greenest Group on Campus”

Feb. 28, 2013—The winner of the 2013 Vanderbilt Athletics’ Basketball Sustainability Competition, SPEAR (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility), celebrated their accomplishment of being named the “Greenest Group on Campus” with a VIP event at the Vanderbilt vs. Georgia basketball game on February 27. Skyler Hutto, SPEAR President, accepted the a basketball signed by Head Coach Kevin Stallings from...

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Mad as a Hatter: Global efforts to reduce mercury emissions

Feb. 26, 2013—Originally posted by Research News @ Vanderbilt Did you ever wonder what made the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland so mad? The phrase “mad as a hatter” actually comes from Mad Hatter disease, better known as mercury poisoning. In the 19th century, fur treated with mercury was used to make felt hats. Hatters were confined...

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More companies reporting profitability from environmentally friendly practices

Feb. 21, 2013—Originally published by CGMA Magazine. For years, companies have wrestled with the question of whether environmentally friendly business practices created enough financial value to justify investing in them. Those questions remain for many organisations as a fragile world economy demands prudent stewardship of company currency. But a new report indicates that companies increasingly are discovering...

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Vanderbilt researchers, students part of inaugural SEC symposium on renewable energy

Feb. 14, 2013—Two Vanderbilt professors were chosen among energy experts from the Southeastern Conference’s 14 universities, industry and government to address renewable energy topics at the inaugural SEC Symposium, “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future” in Atlanta Feb. 10-12. Vanderbilt’s Aerospace Club represented the university in the SEC showcase. The first-ever symposium is...

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Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition: Are You the Greenest Group on Campus?

Feb. 11, 2013—Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition Be the Greenest Group on Campus Presented by Waste Management All groups, teams, departments and campus organizations are invited to compete to be the greenest group on campus. To enter, a group captain, leader or representative must complete the competition survey. Deadline for entry is Feb. 20, 2013 Entries can be submitted...

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VU professor discusses nanotechonology and its application within the fields of medicine and energy

Feb. 11, 2013—Rizia Bardhan, one of Vanderbilt’s newest assistant professors and one of Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Science & Innovation” recently spoke with CNN about her work in nanotechnology and its applications within the fields of medicine and energy. The plasmonic nanostructures that Bardhan is researching have many applications, including use with solar cells. Using nanotechnology, the...

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Meet the VU undergraduate who just might save the environment

Feb. 7, 2013—When it comes to describing Vanderbilt students, the term “over-achiever” is often used. But one Vanderbilt sophomore is inventing new ways to clean the air and rescue the environment, and is receiving national recognition in the process. Param Jaggi is an environmental science and economics major in the College of Arts and Science. While still...

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Vanderbilt scores big in game day recycling challenge

Feb. 1, 2013—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the results of the 2012 Game Day Recycling Challenge, and Vanderbilt University scored big. Game Day challenge is a voluntary recycling competition among U.S. colleges and universities with the goal of reducing waste generated at college football games and increasing participation in and awareness of recycling. For...

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