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Power down before leaving for the holidays

December 11, 2011 — If you are going to be away from your office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays, remember to power down before you leave. This is a great opportunity to reduce your energy consumption and environmental impact. If permitted in your area, turn off and unplug your computer, monitor, printer, microwaves,...... KEEP READING »

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Fauchet named dean at Vanderbilt School of Engineering

December 8, 2011 — by Jim Patterson, Vanderbilt News and Communications Philippe Fauchet (University of Rochester) Philippe Fauchet will be the new dean of the school of engineering at Vanderbilt University. Fauchet, currently chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Rochester, begins work at Vanderbilt July 1, pending approval by the Vanderbilt Board...... KEEP READING »

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Buy holiday gifts from local artists at Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival

November 29, 2011 — by Vanderbilt News and Communications The 21st Annual Sarratt Holiday Arts Festival will open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 1-10 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, at Sarratt Gallery. The festival will feature handmade items for purchase as well as festive daily events. It benefits the Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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WeCar vehicle sharing program comes to campus

November 26, 2011 — by Vanderbilt News and Communications The Office of Traffic & Parking announced the addition of a new car sharing program to Vanderbilt’s campus as of Nov. 22, 2011. In order to give faculty, staff and students more choices, WeCar, a division of Enterprise, now has five vehicles on campus. One vehicle each is located in...... KEEP READING »

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Dec. 7 Green Bag Luncheon to focus utility savings at work and at home

November 23, 2011 — The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the fourth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, December 7 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Dave Parker, green building consultant and LEED AP, for a presentation and discussion on easy and efficient ways...... KEEP READING »

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Law professor sees progress where environmental and economic good meets

November 18, 2011 — by Amy Wolf [Article originally published in Vanderbilt View] Environmental law and property law expert J.B. Ruhl said he considers himself part of the “radical middle” when it comes to helping craft solutions to controversial environmental issues. “Sometimes you need to take an environmental good and pair it up with an economic good to get...... KEEP READING »

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Fifteen ways to go green this holiday season

November 17, 2011 — by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt University News and Communications The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it can also be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during the holiday season. And who has never thrown away freezer-burnt leftovers because nobody got around to eating them? Add...... KEEP READING »

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Feedback wanted on proposed additional bus route from Williamson County

November 17, 2011 — The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and Regional Transportation Authority are considering the proposed addition of a morning bus route from Williamson County to the Vanderbilt/Midtown area. The addition to Route 91X (Franklin/Brentwood Express) would travel each morning from Williamson County direct to Vanderbilt/Midtown then downtown. The return trip each evening would be from downtown to...... KEEP READING »

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Engineering seniors design a bio-inspired solar cell with EPA funding

November 11, 2011 — [Originally published by Vanderbilt School of Engineering] A team of Vanderbilt engineering seniors has been awarded $15,000 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to design a nature inspired large-scale solar cell. The students, under the guidance of Kane Jennings, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and Amrutur Anilkumar, professor of the practice of...... KEEP READING »

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Seeking game-changing energy technologies

November 11, 2011 — by David Salisbury “Gentlemen, we have run out of money. It’s time to start thinking.” This quote, attributed to the New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford, summarizes the main point of the presentation that the director of the newest federal research agency, the Department of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy (DARPA-e), gave on campus this week. The...... KEEP READING »

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