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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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Stave off holiday excess by ‘greening the holidays’ this season

Nov. 15, 2012—The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it also can be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during this time of year – including, in some cases, those freezer-burnt holiday leftovers nobody got around to eating. Add in all the energy use from extra travel...

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

Oct. 22, 2012—Vanderbilt Sustainability Competition Be the Greenest Group on Campus Presented by Waste Management Register | Registration (PDF) 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 Nov. 7,...

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USAC and MCSAC partnering to promote ink/toner cartridge recycling program

Oct. 18, 2012—A new program is under way on campus to make it easy to recycle copier, fax, laser and ink jet toner cartridges, as well as old cell phones, iPods and mp3 players. It’s good for the earth and it also benefits some good causes that are close to home. The program, a partnership of the...

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Anchor Down and Tackle Recycling at the EPA Game Day Challenge

Oct. 11, 2012—[Originally posted by MyVU] This month dozens of colleges across the country will participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s third year in a row taking the challenge. Last year, participating schools diverted nearly half a million pounds of waste from local landfills, and Vanderbilt ranked in the Top...

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VU move-in day sees 83 percent increase in cardboard recycling

Sep. 24, 2012—Originally posted by MyVU. a During the student move-in time period this year, Vanderbilt successfully recycled 32.66 tons of cardboard. This number is an 83 percent increase in cardboard recycling from last year, and a 400 percent increase in cardboard recycling since 2008. a This huge accomplishment was the result of strong collaboration between the...

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Help tackle recycling during 2012 season

Sep. 14, 2012—Originally posted by Commodore Athletics Vanderbilt has partnered with Waste Management this year to support the university’s environmental initiatives throughout campus, and Commodore fans can help protect the environment by recycling items at each home football game. “Waste Management is very proud and excited to have been chosen as the new sustainability partner for Vanderbilt...

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Expanded recycling available at home football games

Aug. 29, 2012—Recycling will be available at Vanderbilt football’s season opener against South Carolina Aug. 30 and at all home games this year. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Athletics are teaming up to collect plastic, aluminum cans and cardboard again this season. In addition, Vanderbilt is...

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