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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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Local foods on the Vanderbilt campus

Nov. 20, 2013—[Originally published by the Vanderbilt Hustler and InsideVandy] If you’ve ever been curious about where some of the food on campus comes from, look no farther than several miles down the road. Three of the largest suppliers of local food at Vanderbilt come from family farms fewer than 50 miles away. These suppliers include Delvin...

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New device stores electricity on silicon chips

Nov. 20, 2013—[Originally posted by Research News at Vanderbilt] Solar cells that produce electricity 24/7, not just when the sun is shining. Mobile phones with built-in power cells that recharge in seconds and work for weeks between charges. These are just two of the possibilities raised by a novel supercapacitor design invented by material scientists at Vanderbilt...

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Campus Dining Wins Annual Greenest Group on Campus Contest

Nov. 18, 2013—[Click here for MyVU story] Vanderbilt Campus Dining was the grand-prize winner Oct. 19 in the Game Day Recycling Challenge before the Vanderbilt vs. Georgia football game. Campus Dining won 25 tickets to the upcoming Kentucky football game, a catered tailgate by Whole Foods and will participate in an award presentation on the field at...

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Volunteers Make Move-In and Game Day Challenge Recycling Successful

Oct. 31, 2013—VU Collects 1.26 Tons of Recycling at EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge 18 volunteers, including members of SPEAR and Deputy Dores, assisted with the EPA Game Day Recycling Challenge after the October 19 game against Georgia to collect recycling within the stadium seating area. These volunteers collected 2,507 pounds, or 1.26 tons of recycling (cardboard,...

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Vanderbilt Green Fund Applications Now Being Accepted

Oct. 30, 2013—The Vanderbilt Green Fund was established in the spring of 2011 as a way of connecting student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them. The final deadline for applications is December 3 at midnight. Apply here. For more information about the Green Fund please contact Sommers Kline (sommers.s.kline@Vanderbilt.Edu).

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November SustainVU Newsletter Now Available!

Oct. 30, 2013—Check out what’s going on this month in the November SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, we are excited to announce that Vanderbilt’s greenhouse gas emissions are now 19% less than in 2008! Wow! Since greenhouse gas emissions are directly tied to utility consumption and commuter behavior, a big pat on the back to everyone...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 19% since 2008

Oct. 23, 2013—[Read MyVU story here and full 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory here] Since 2005, Vanderbilt’s Greenhouse Gas emissions have decreased by: Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office has released an updated inventory of the campus’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the calendar years 2005-2012 to mark Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 23. This inventory illustrates Vanderbilt’s current...

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Anchor down and tackle recycling at 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge

Oct. 9, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] During the month of October, dozens of universities across the country will participate in the 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge. In 2012, 79 participating schools with 5.4 million collective fans diverted more than 1 million pounds of waste from landfills. For the fourth consecutive year, Vanderbilt will participate in the Game Day Recycling Challenge...

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VU Achieves 60% Increase in Recycling; Cardboard Ban Takes Effect

Sep. 27, 2013—[Originally published by MyVU] [Read story published by InsideVandy here] The numbers are in. The amount of materials recycled at Vanderbilt rose from 3 million pounds to 5 million pounds last year—that’s a 60 percent increase. From 2011 to 2012, Vanderbilt recycled enough cardboard, plastic, scrap metal, aluminum and glass to make a major impact...

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Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market ends October 24

Sep. 27, 2013—The 2013 Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is open every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Medical Center Plaza until October 24. Stop by and shop for local fruits and vegetables, dairy products such as goat cheese, milk and yogurt, grass-fed beef, eggs, pasta, honey, healthy baked goods and flowers. Cash is accepted at all vendors....

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September SustainVU Newsletter Now Available

Sep. 5, 2013—Check out what’s going on this month in the September SustainVU newsletter! In this month’s issue, we celebrate the return of students to campus and FOOTBALL…Anchor Down because it must be September! This fall, you will continue to see recycling at each home football game, and we are happy to announce the new and improved VU Athletics...

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Green Lights Program Will Monitor Commons’ Energy Use

Sep. 4, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] [Click here for story on InsideVandy] When first-year students arrived at The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons for Move In Aug. 17, they were met by brand-new Green Lights screens in the lobby of each house. The screens display real-time energy use for each residence hall and tell the viewer whether or not the...

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Please help VU recycle cardboard!

Aug. 28, 2013—In July 2013, Metro Nashville enacted a ban on cardboard being disposed of in trash dumpsters for entities such as Vanderbilt. This ban is meant to keep cardboard out of the local landfill to preserve landfill space, so cardboard must now be recycled. Please help us recycle cardboard and keep it out of the trash...

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2013-2014 Eco-Dores Application now online!

Aug. 27, 2013—Volunteer to be an Eco-Dore to improve Vanderbilt’s environmental sustainability while improving your leadership and facilitation skills! The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the Dean of Students office are recruiting Eco-Dores – students who serve as volunteer environmental mentors for their fellow students. Eco-Dores will participate in one educational event each month to...

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