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Take the Vanderbilt Active Transportation Survey

Apr. 4, 2016—Members of the campus community are encouraged to fill out the Vanderbilt Active Transportation Survey. Organized by the Hillsboro West End Neighborhood (HWEN), the survey will be conducted between April 3 and April 11.The collected data will be used to promote alternatives to commuting by car to campus. HWEN also hopes the survey data will...

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Speak up by hitting the pavement for campus safety walk

Mar. 24, 2016—Read the MyVU story here. Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in a walking tour of campus on National Walking Day, April 6, at 2 p.m. The policy tour event will highlight bike and pedestrian safety efforts on campus. The walk will begin on 21st Avenue between the Vanderbilt Law School and the...

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How to make electric vehicles that actually reduce carbon

Mar. 2, 2016—Read the full story here. An interdisciplinary team of scientists has worked out a way to make electric vehicles that only are not only carbon neutral but carbon negative, capable of actually reducing the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide as they operate. They have done so by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes used in the...

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WalkBike Vanderbilt promotes safe campus travel, plans walking tour

Mar. 1, 2016—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt is now home to a new organization, WalkBike Vanderbilt, which is working to promote a more walkable and bikeable campus. This spring, WalkBike Vanderbilt invites students, faculty and staff to join in a “policy walk,” a bike and pedestrian safety walking tour of campus. The walk will include campus...

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SEMO office moves to Wesley Place

Feb. 25, 2016—The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) office is relocating to Wesley Place on Monday February 29 and will be located in the office previously occupied by Vanderbilt Traffic and Parking. The new SEMO office is located behind CVS and Bruegger’s Bagels and across from Ben and Jerry’s at 2034 Scarritt Place. We welcome everyone...

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Eos Project funds environmental awareness planning and programming projects on campus

Feb. 18, 2016—Thirteen seed projects in environmental awareness and campus greening have been funded by the Eos Project, an initiative to promote greater understanding of environmental issues through diverse disciplines and channels across Vanderbilt. “We are taking a broad approach, aiming to implement permanent changes in the curricula, supporting undergrads working on environmental and social justice issues, and...

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Dr. Maulik Patel’s Lab wins 2016 basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

Feb. 12, 2016—Dr. Maulik Patel’s lab group has been named winner of the 2016 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. Dr. Patel’s lab staff celebrated their title of “greenest group on campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Missouri game February 10 with a catered hospitality event, tickets to the game, an autographed basketball from Coach Stallings, and an on-court award...

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Vanderbilt receives record donation from cartridge recycling

Feb. 11, 2016—Guy Brown, Vanderbilt’s partner for ink and toner cartridge recycling, had a record-setting year in 2015. The overall number of cartridges recycled, the recovery rate of cartridges, and donations made from recycling proceeds were at all-time highs in 2015, resulting in the donation of $6,000 each to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt,...

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Resolving the food-energy-water trilemma

Jan. 26, 2016—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. Food. Energy. Water. Not only are these critical natural resources, they are also inextricably linked with each other. Water is needed to grow food. Energy is needed to pump water and to plant, grow and distribute food. Water is required to produce energy. And so on. The...

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Vanderbilt partners with Nashville MTA to develop Transit-Hub app

Jan. 21, 2016—Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is now working with the Institute for Software Integrated Systems at Vanderbilt University to develop smarter and easier to use applications for commuters in middle Tennessee. As the need for public transportation increases, the need for easy-to-use and commuter friendly systems become increasingly important. The T-HUB app provides these tools...

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Pope’s call for ecological action focus of cross-disciplinary talks

Jan. 21, 2016—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. “On Care for Our Common Home: Philosophical, Practical and Theological Perspectives on Pope Francis’ Eco-Encyclical” will take place at Vanderbilt University Divinity School starting Jan. 22. The series of cross-disciplinary talks is designed to spark community conversations on Pope Francis’ environmental letter. Pope Francis explicitly addresses “every person living on...

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Harnessing the power of computers to create a sustainable future

Jan. 11, 2016—Harnessing the power of computers to help create an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable future – that is the purpose of a major new grant issued by theNational Science Foundation to a new network of universities and organizations that includes Vanderbilt University. The five-year, $10 million grant is part of NSF’s Expeditions in Computing program...

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Are you the Greenest Group on Campus?

Dec. 31, 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 Basketball Athletics Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP hospitality event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-court recognition...

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Power down for the holidays

Dec. 15, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Before you leave campus for the holidays, please take a moment to shut off lights and appliances, unplug electronics and lower thermostats.  Would you like to reduce your impact even more this holiday season? Here are a few additional tips to make your holiday a little greener this year. Food...

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Right Column – Top

Dec. 3, 2015—Showing appreciation for loved ones is on everyone’s mind as we head into February, so don’t forget to love the earth, too! There are many ways to turn your valentine’s day from green to red: think about sending an e-valentine or make your own from recycled materials, invest in potted plants or trees instead of...

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