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Power down for the holidays

December 15, 2015 — Read the MyVU story here. Before you leave campus for the holidays, please take a moment to shut off lights and appliances, unplug electronics and lower thermostats.  Would you like to reduce your impact even more this holiday season? Here are a few additional tips to make your holiday a little greener this year. Food...... 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 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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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

September 28, 2015 — 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 Football Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP tailgate event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-field recognition...... KEEP READING »

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Life Phase Series: ‘Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening’

September 24, 2015 — Originally published by MyVU. The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center presents the next installment in its Life Phase Series on Thursday, Oct. 8. “Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening” is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the VRWC. Feel free to bring your lunch to the event. Guest speaker Ryan Cooper, an...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining & Coca-Cola Bring OCRA Digester to Campus

September 15, 2015 — Nashville, TN, September, 2015 – Organic food waste and overburdened landfills have long been an issue in food service, and developing “zero waste” initiatives is key to stopping landfilling organic waste. The Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) machine can be a significant component to these initiatives. The ORCA offers a method to digest food waste...... KEEP READING »

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Earth-Friendly Move In Tips for Students

August 4, 2015 — Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus! While moving in, try to minimize waste and recycle. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film wrapping. SustainVU will also host a booth at the University Resources...... KEEP READING »

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Unclaimed bicycles donated to neighborhood youth organization

June 2, 2015 — See the Tennessean article here. In the Edgehill community, Terry Key and his tight-knit group of neighborhood kids have a new batch of bicycles, thanks to Vanderbilt University! The Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Plant Operations arranged to donate bicycles to the Edgehill Bike Club that went unclaimed from campus and were...... KEEP READING »

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Commencement strawberries donated to Nashville Zoo and Walden’s Puddle

May 14, 2015 — Read the MyVU Story here. Animals at the Nashville Zoo and Walden’s Puddle recently enjoyed a sweet treat, thanks to Vanderbilt’s Office of the Chancellor and Commencement Office. The university donated strawberries left over from the Strawberries and Champagne celebration at Commencement to the two Nashville organizations again this year. Since fresh produce cannot be...... KEEP READING »

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