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A ‘bright’ future at Vanderbilt: VU tennis center on forefront of solar energy technology on campus

November 30, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt Athletics story here. By Zac Ellis VUCommodores.com On campus in Nashville – When the sun shines on the rooftop at Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Tennis Center, it means a little more to Marie Casares. Casares, a former member of the Commodores’ women’s tennis program (2011-15), played a role in pushing Vanderbilt...... KEEP READING »

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Mobile Lab Ambassador Application Open

November 29, 2016 — Do you enjoy teaching others about sustainability? Are you looking to get some experience in education? Do you want to work with Nashville students in the coolest Mobile Laboratory around? If you answered yes to any of these, we need you! We are looking for two paid VU student ambassadors for the Mobile Lab for...... KEEP READING »

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Where would you want to see additional outdoor recycling containers?

November 10, 2016 — Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) would like your input on where additional outdoor recycling should be located across campus! When you are walking around our beautiful campus, where would you like to be able to recycle your bottles or cans?  Stop by one of the locations below to mark your idea(s) on a...... KEEP READING »

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Zeppos invites Vanderbilt community to join transportation working groups

November 1, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here. A series of working groups comprising students, faculty and staff is launching at the Wond’ry, the university’s new innovation center, to generate recommendations about the future of transportation on the Vanderbilt campus. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos announced the working groups Oct. 28 at a town hall meeting held as...... KEEP READING »

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Slay Energy Vampires this Halloween

October 26, 2016 — As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using more energy! Energy vampires are electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still plugged in. They provide no...... KEEP READING »

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Remember to power down before Winter Break

October 26, 2016 — Vanderbilt community members who are going to be away from their residence hall, office or home for an extended period of time over Winter break should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce energy consumption and its impact on the environment. Take some simple steps to help conserve...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 11 percent in one year

October 26, 2016 — To celebrate Campus Sustainability Month in October, Vanderbilt’s Facilities organization has released an updated inventory of the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the past decade, 2005 to 2015. GHG emissions dropped 11 percent in one year and 27 percent from the 2008 peak. When Vanderbilt’s significant growth in square footage, students, patient care, and...... KEEP READING »

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Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications Now Open

October 26, 2016 — Have a sustainability project that needs funding? Applications for The Vanderbilt Green Fund are now open! The Vanderbilt Green Fund, established in 2011 by members of SPEAR and VSG, is a fund set aside for sustainability projects proposed by students. This student-run process allocates $150,000 to innovative and educational ideas that make Vanderbilt more environmentally...... KEEP READING »

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Chancellor’s Town Hall discussing campus, Nashville transportation set for Oct. 28

October 21, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Internal and external forces shaping the future of transportation on the Vanderbilt campus and in the larger Nashville community will be the focus of a town hall discussion hosted by Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos on Friday, Oct. 28, from 2:10-4:10 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium at Vanderbilt Law School. All students, faculty...... KEEP READING »

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Don’t forget to power down before fall break

October 10, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt community members who are going to be away from their residence hall, office or home for an extended period of time over fall break should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce energy consumption and its impact on the environment. October...... KEEP READING »

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Cardboard Recycling during Move-In breaks records once again!

October 3, 2016 — Did you know that Move-In results in tons of cardboard each year and that Vanderbilt recycles all of it with the help of Cardboard Crew? See the impacts from Move-In 2016 in the infographic below!... KEEP READING »

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Rooted Community Health wins 2016 football “Greenest Group on Campus” award

October 3, 2016 — Rooted Community Health has been named winner of the 2016 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Florida game October 1 with a catered tailgate event, tickets to the game, an autographed football from Coach Derek Mason, and an on-field award ceremony during the...... KEEP READING »

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FutureVU making progress on charting course for Vanderbilt’s campus

September 30, 2016 — Read the Vanderbilt News story here.  Vanderbilt University’s land use plan is entering its second year with a full slate of activities and a new faculty advisory committee to engage the Vanderbilt community in the design and development of the campus. The plan, which has been named FutureVU, is one of Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos’...... KEEP READING »

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RTA bus, Music City Star train tickets on sale in new location

September 22, 2016 — Read the MyVU story here. Beginning Sept. 26, tickets for RTA express buses and the Music City Star commuter train will be available for purchase over the counter at the Sarratt Student Center box office. Tickets may be purchased at Sarratt from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday....... KEEP READING »

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Cave study designed to solve puzzle of prehistoric megadroughts in the western U.S.

September 2, 2016 — Jessica Oster, assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences at Vanderbilt University, is using cave deposits to reconstruct past climates. The paleoclimatologist is also setting up an educational program to involve undergraduate, graduate, and high school students in the analysis of samples, design of independent research projects, and managing and manipulating data sets. Read the full...... KEEP READING »

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