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Universities should lead in developing solutions to global challenges, chancellor says

November 19, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Universities should be leaders in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global society, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said Nov. 16 at the annual Global Action Summit. “Our mission is to serve humanity, and to do that, we have to look at the constellation of issues that face us...... KEEP READING »

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Green the season: Holiday waste reduction tips

November 13, 2015 — In honor of America Recycles Day, celebrated each year on Nov. 15, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has some tips for reducing waste and making your holiday season more sustainable. Americans throw away 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than other parts of the year, resulting in about 1...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

November 11, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...... KEEP READING »

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Alumni Hall earns LEED Gold certification

November 10, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt News Story here. Alumni Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recent renovation and addition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. Alumni Hall, which was originally constructed...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt designated a Bicycle Friendly University

November 5, 2015 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Read the League of American Bicyclists story here. The League of American Bicyclists has named Vanderbilt University and Medical Center a Bicycle Friendly University (BFU) at the bronze level. With this designation, Vanderbilt becomes one of 127 BFUs in 42 states and Washington, D.C. As defined by the league, bicycle...... KEEP READING »

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Slay energy vampires this Halloween

October 26, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using more energy! Energy vampires are electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down almost 30 percent per square foot

October 20, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 18 percent from its peak in 2008 and by 13 percent overall from calendar years 2005 to 2014, according to the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office’s latest annual GHG inventory. Taking into account Vanderbilt’s significant growth...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt recycling up 430 percent since 2007

October 14, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt has yet again increased the amount of materials it recycled last year! Recycling increased by 25% from 2013 to 2014, now totaling 7.4 million pounds of materials. That is the same weight as 10 fully loaded Boeing 747s! Since 2007, Vanderbilt has increased its recycling by over 430%. In...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt sustainability groups to help bring ‘green’ education to MNPS students next spring

October 9, 2015 — SustainVU, the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach and Vanderbilt Student Volunteers forScience are subgrant recipients of a $91,000, two-year EPA grant to Nashville’s Urban Green Lab to deliver hands-on science and sustainability education to Nashville middle- and high-schoolers. With assistance from partners Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nissan North America, the Urban Green Lab’s mobile...... KEEP READING »

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Printing Services 2.0 Includes Environmental Stewardship

October 5, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt Business Services has named Sean Carroll as director of Printing Services. Carroll, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, has more than 15 years of leadership in the graphic communications industry and began his Vanderbilt career as assistant director of Printing Services in 2011. “Sean’s wealth of industry knowledge,...... KEEP READING »

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