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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

Nov. 11, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...

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Alumni Hall earns LEED Gold certification

Nov. 10, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt News Story here. Alumni Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recent renovation and addition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. Alumni Hall, which was originally constructed...

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

Sep. 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...

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

Sep. 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...

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NACUBO members tour campus sustainability features

Jul. 22, 2015—Read the MyVU article here.   Vanderbilt University played host Monday to about 100 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which held its annual meeting in Nashville July 18-21. NACUBO represents more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and worldwide. NACUBO members toured...

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Time when climate was topsy-turvy in Western U.S. aids climate prediction efforts

Mar. 2, 2015—Climate scientists now put the odds that the American Southwest is headed into a 30-year “mega drought” at 50/50. Meanwhile, the forecast for the Pacific Northwest is continued warming with slightly drier summers and even wetter winters. However, 21,000 years ago, at the peak of the last Ice Age, a period known as the Last...

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SEMO Celebrates Earth Day with No Impact Week

Apr. 22, 2014—Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) celebrated Earth Day a little early by organizing a “No Impact Week” April 14-18 on campus. SEMO staffers converged on the Rand Wall to encourage the Vanderbilt community to improve their conservation efforts—including eating locally, conserving water and using only items that can be recycled—and then talk about...

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Follow these tips to make your spring garden grow

Mar. 27, 2014—[Originally posted by MyVU] One of the best things about spring is the amazing assortment of flowers, trees and plants that bloom on Vanderbilt’s campus and in our area. Vanderbilt landscapers and groundskeepers take care to ensure that the products and practices they use to keep campus grounds healthy and vibrant do not have a...

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Practice these tips for World Water Day 2014

Mar. 19, 2014—“Water and Energy” is the theme of this year’s World Water Day, recognized on March 22, which aims to promote water and energy conservation. Water is required for almost all energy production, and energy is used during water extraction, purification and distribution. This relationship is commonly called the water-energy nexus. At Vanderbilt, energy is used...

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Use water at ‘comfortable’ temperature to wash hands and fight global warming

Dec. 11, 2013—[Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Signs in many bathrooms across the country recommend washing hands in hot or warm water. In fact, if Americans could be persuaded en masse to use a comfortable water temperature when washing their hands, it could prevent the annual greenhouse gas emissions totaling the equivalent of the United...

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