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Celebrate Zero Emissions Day and World Car Free Day!

September 20, 2017 — Zero Emissions Day – September 21 Celebrate Zero Emissions Day on September 21 by cutting your environmental footprint! One day a year, people worldwide attempt to minimize or eliminate their use of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. Burning fossil fuels contributes to carbon emissions and climate change. What can you do? Bike, walk,...... KEEP READING »

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Earth Friendly Move In

July 31, 2017 — Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus soon! While moving in to your room or your office, please try to minimize waste and recycle. Check out some tips below. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week August 6-12

July 31, 2017 — Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week from August 6 -12 by taking advantage of the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Thursday August 10 from 2-5:30 pm at the Vanderbilt Medical Center Plaza. The Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market will have a photo contest and special giveaway to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week! You can also celebrate by checking out one of...... KEEP READING »

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Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

July 25, 2017 — Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on battery technology...... KEEP READING »

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Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities More than $1.1 Billion Annually

July 25, 2017 — Traffic congestion in Tennessee’s four largest cities ranks in the worst half of the nation and costs Tennessee more than $1.1 billion annually, according to a new report gathered by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Using data from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, ThinkTennessee found that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting...... KEEP READING »

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TIPs funding awarded to 15 innovative interdisciplinary projects

July 18, 2017 — The 2017 recipients of Vanderbilt University’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative,15 exciting interdisciplinary concepts, include an initiative related to understanding climate change effects. These research projects bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges. “This innovative, cross-campus approach that creates...... KEEP READING »

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Remember to power down before leaving for extended periods this summer!

June 29, 2017 — Don’t forget to power down before you leave the office or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with hot temperatures. The planet, and your energy bill, will thank you for it. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away: Set thermostat settings to 76-78 degrees...... KEEP READING »

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Web-based tool will help government realistically plan for climate change

June 5, 2017 — Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here.  Life beside the Mississippi River always came with some uncertainty about the safety of homes, crops and city streets. Residents looked at flood maps based on historical data and chose their sites, built their levies and bridge footings and kept a wary eye on the river stages....... KEEP READING »

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Climate change took away ancient animals’ food supply; holds implications for today’s wildlife

June 5, 2017 — Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant animals – massive kangaroos and others claimed in a global mass extinction 30,000 years ago. Researchers argue what...... KEEP READING »

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Expert: Private industry, better messaging can help overcome damage from Paris withdrawal

June 5, 2017 — Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement phases out U.S. commitments to achieve carbon reduction targets and make financial contributions to slow climate change. It was a move environmentalists found disappointing, at best. But Vanderbilt University law and...... KEEP READING »

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Donation and recycling options expanded on campus April 20 to May 13 for Earth Friendly Move Out

May 1, 2017 — Read the MyVU story here. Just in time for student move-out and spring cleaning your office, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded from April 20 to May 13. Earth Friendly Move Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 6 on the Ingram Commons campus until May 13 on main...... KEEP READING »

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Celebrate Bike Month in May

April 28, 2017 — May is Nashville Bike Month, and there are plenty of opportunities to strap on a helmet and get on your bike! Biking is a green, cost-effective way to get around town while getting some exercise! If you need some pointers on biking and bike maintenance, there are two classes happening on campus this month. The...... KEEP READING »

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Campus learns about land use plan at FutureVU Expo

April 20, 2017 — Read the MyVU story here. More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university’s built environment might change over the next 20-30 years. The FutureVU Expo featured interactive exhibits—including posters, diagrams, historic and current photographs, maps...... KEEP READING »

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Transit Now events scheduled for April

April 12, 2017 — Read the MyVU story here. Did you take the bus Friday? Take the Bus to Work Day was kicked off by a chilly but beautiful morning Friday, April 7. The Vanderbilt University Human Resources volunteer team helped hand out “I took the bus today!” buttons at the MTA bus stops along West End Avenue and...... KEEP READING »

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Climate Science Myth Busters Seminar

April 10, 2017 — Join the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering April 12 at 3:10pm in Featheringill Hall 134 for a seminar by Dr. Jonathan Gilligan: Climate Science Myth Busters. There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding climate change. Dr. Jonathan Gilligan will present on the state of climate science and answer questions such as: Is...... KEEP READING »

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