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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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Campus publications becoming more sustainable

Aug. 8, 2012—Originally published by MyVU Vanderbilt’s 2012-13 parking map will be the first campus publication to carry the Forest Stewardship Council TM (FSC ® ) certified mark and will be printed on paper containing 50 percent recycled content and 30 percent post-consumer waste. With more than 13,000 copies printed each year, the parking map is one...

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Move-in begins August 18th!

Aug. 6, 2012—Whether you’re a first-year Commodore or are returning for your senior year, consider packing your belongings in reusable totes to minimize waste during move-in. If you have cardboard boxes, remember to break them down and toss them into cardboard recycling dumpsters located around Branscomb, Carmichael Towers and Morgan/Lewis. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year...

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Composting efforts restore balance, help campus trees thrive

Jul. 26, 2012—The Vanderbilt campus is home to more than 7,500 trees – that adds up to a lot of leaves. But did you know that Vanderbilt Plant Operations’ grounds program has been harnessing nature’s own processes to help trees on campus weather the record heat this summer? Mulching the areas underneath the trees with compost made...

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