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Please help VU recycle cardboard!

Aug. 28, 2013—In July 2013, Metro Nashville enacted a ban on cardboard being disposed of in trash dumpsters for entities such as Vanderbilt. This ban is meant to keep cardboard out of the local landfill to preserve landfill space, so cardboard must now be recycled. Please help us recycle cardboard and keep it out of the trash...

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Commencement strawberries donated to Nashville Zoo

May. 14, 2013—The Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Office donated leftover strawberries from the 2013 Strawberries and Champagne Commencement event for the first time to the Nashville Zoo. Staff from the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) organized the donation and delivered the strawberries to the zoo after Commencement events concluded. The Zoo’s elephants and lemurs enjoyed the strawberries at...

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VANTAGE Lab’s Gold LEED certification is 14th Certified Project at Vanderbilt

Apr. 29, 2013—The Vanderbilt Technologies for Advanced Genomics (VANTAGE) laboratory, located in the basement of Medical Center North, recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the14th certified project and the first laboratory renovation to achieve LEED certification at Vanderbilt. Designed by Donald Blair Architects from...

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Don’t Toss it!—Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out Tips

Apr. 29, 2013—With the hustle and bustle of finishing up the semester, moving out can be a hectic process of trying to fit a year’s worth of stuff into cars, suitcases, and storage. For all the stuff that doesn’t fit, Vanderbilt’s Earth Friendly Move Out provides opportunities to keep a large volume of material out of the...

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Science and math students take green campus tour

Apr. 29, 2013—[Originally published by MyVU] On April 8, first-year students in the School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) participated in the annual “Earth, Wind and Fire” tour to learn about energy production and the sustainable features of Vanderbilt’s campus. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Plant Operations act as hosts each year....

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Sign up for Cardboard Crew 2013!

Mar. 26, 2013—Want to move in early next year before all the crowds? Want to help the environment, eat some free food, and get an awesome SPEAR tank? Sign up for Cardboard Crew 2013! If you don’t know about Cardboard Crew, it is an alternative to Move Crew that recycles all of the cardboard normally discarded during move-in day. Last year...

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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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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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Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology named ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

Nov. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology was the winner of the first Vanderbilt Athletics’ Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their honor as the “Greenest Group on Campus” with a VIP tailgate, complimentary football tickets and on-field recognition at the Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee football game Nov. 17. Sam Santoro, chair of pathology, microbiology and immunology...

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