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Vanderbilt campus expands plastic recycling

Feb. 20, 2012—Just in time for a strong finish in RecycleMania, the Vanderbilt campus recycling program is expanding plastics recycling to include all plastic containers. Previous recycling vendor restrictions only allowed for recycling plastic bottles with resin codes 1 and 2 in the past on Vanderbilt’s main academic campus and in student areas. The campus recycling program...

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Feb. 29 Green Bag Luncheon to focus on green spring cleaning

Feb. 15, 2012—The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American Studies Sustainability Project will sponsor the sixth installment of the Green Bag Luncheon Series on Wednesday, February 29 from noon to 1 pm in Sarratt 189. Join Megan Morton of Pro Utilitas for an up close look at the chemicals in conventional cleaners, ways to...

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Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

Feb. 6, 2012—Valentine’s Day, February 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts. Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But that doesn’t have to be the case. When showing their affection for each other, Americans tend...

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New Waste Disposal and Recycling Support Service awarded to Waste Management

Feb. 2, 2012—After nearly 30 years with another disposal service, Vanderbilt has awarded the contract for waste disposal and recycling support service to Waste Management, effective January 1. The majority of equipment owned by the previous supplier was replaced with new dumpsters and compactors over the holiday break. Waste Management is now handling all Vanderbilt service requirements...

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Pitch In for RecycleMania

Feb. 1, 2012—Recycling is a positive thing to do all the time, but RecycleMania provides an extra incentive to recycle during the months of February and March. RecycleMania began in 2001 as a friendly competition between two universities to encourage recycling. It has grown to an international competition among over 600 colleges and universities. With recycling bins...

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Listen: Vandy basketball fans encouraged to recycle

Jan. 9, 2012—Ann Marie Deer Owens, senior public affairs officer for Vanderbilt News and Communications, recently spoke with SEMO staff regarding recycling opportunities available to fans at Vanderbilt men’s and women’s home basketball games.  Commodore fans are encouraged to use large green bins located throughout the concourse in Memorial Gym to recycle their empty plastic bottles, commemorative...

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Listen: Stay green over the holidays

Dec. 21, 2011—by Ann Marie Deer Owens Many folks look forward to holiday traditions like decorating, shopping and entertaining this time of year. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has put together a list of 15 actions that can tweak your traditions to make them a little greener. Listen to an interview with SEMO staff to...

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Law professor sees progress where environmental and economic good meets

Nov. 18, 2011—by Amy Wolf [Article originally published in Vanderbilt View] Environmental law and property law expert J.B. Ruhl said he considers himself part of the “radical middle” when it comes to helping craft solutions to controversial environmental issues. “Sometimes you need to take an environmental good and pair it up with an economic good to get...

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Fifteen ways to go green this holiday season

Nov. 17, 2011—by Liz Entman, Vanderbilt University News and Communications The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it can also be a time of excess. The average American household generates 25 percent more trash during the holiday season. And who has never thrown away freezer-burnt leftovers because nobody got around to eating them? Add...

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Raiding the Medicine Cabinet

Nov. 2, 2011—by Carole Bartoo [Originally published in the Fall 2011 issue of Vanderbilt Nurse] America has a drug problem. But it’s not what you think; in fact this drug problem is probably happening in your community – even in your own home. The problem is the accumulation of prescription drugs with no good plan for disposing...

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