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VU Power Plant to Convert to All-Natural Gas

Apr. 22, 2013—As of November 19, 2014, Vanderbilt is coal free! Vanderbilt University currently has an on-campus co-generation, natural gas-fueled power plant which produces 23% of our electricity and 100% of our steam, servicing 12 million square feet of building space. This steam is then used for 90% of campus heating, sterilization, and 40% of campus cooling....

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Vanderbilt featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

Apr. 17, 2013—[Originally posted by Vanderbilt News] Vanderbilt has been included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013. The book is available as a free download. The Princeton Review chose schools according to their course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. Vanderbilt’s multiple...

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SustainVU presents Earth Day Happy Hour and The Lorax for Earth Day 2013

Apr. 16, 2013—              Join SustainVU as we celebrate Earth Day 2013 on Monday, April 22! Stop by Rand Wall from noon to 1pm for Earth Day Happy Hour! Bring a non-traditional recyclable, and you will get a snack and a gift! *Non-traditional recyclables include batteries, electronics, cell phones, ink and toner...

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Nashville residents, visitors taking advantage of bike sharing programs

Apr. 15, 2013—[Originally posted by WSMV] Reported by Jennifer Johnson Apr 12, 2013 5:54 p.m. If you’ve noticed a lot of green and red bikes around town lately, it’s not your imagination. Nashville now has two different bike sharing services that you can take advantage of, but there’s one huge difference: one’s free and the other isn’t....

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2013 Green Fund winners announced

Apr. 4, 2013—[Originally posted by InsideVandy] The 2013 winners of the Vanderbilt Green Fund were announced this week. The Green Fund, which was established in the spring 2011, connects student sustainability ideas with the means to implement them via university funds. The winners were selected based on the the project’s adherence to the criteria of being “visible...

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New Music City landmark defies convention

Apr. 1, 2013—[Originally posted by InsideVandy] For over three years, downtown Nashville has transformed to make way for its new emerging landmark — and come May 19, its doors will open to the world. Billed as the largest public development project in the history of the state, the Music City Convention Center will serve as the gateway...

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BRT for Music City: getting connected

Apr. 1, 2013—[Originally posted by InsideVandy] Megan Barry summed things up nicely: “We can’t lay down any more asphalt, so it’s time to actually solve the problem.” Barry, a former adjunct faculty member at Vanderbilt who currently serves as the Nashville Metro Council member at-large, was referring to the impetus for the East-West Connector, Nashville’s ambitious public...

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Professor Hannah Wiseman to speak on natural gas fracturing

Mar. 26, 2013—On Wednesday, March 28 at 4pm Hannah Wiseman, assistant professor of law at Florida State University College of Law, will be speaking in the Covington Room at Vanderbilt Law School on “Natural Gas Fracturing, Federalism Debates and the Regulatory Divide” in a lecture sponsored by the Vanderbilt Law School Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program....

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Sign up for Cardboard Crew 2013!

Mar. 26, 2013—Want to move in early next year before all the crowds? Want to help the environment, eat some free food, and get an awesome SPEAR tank? Sign up for Cardboard Crew 2013! If you don’t know about Cardboard Crew, it is an alternative to Move Crew that recycles all of the cardboard normally discarded during move-in day. Last year...

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William Nordhaus to speak on the economic perspective on climate change

Mar. 18, 2013—On Friday, April 5th from 4pm – 5:30pm, William Nordhaus, Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University, will be speaking in Wilson Hall Room 126 on “The Economic Perspective of Climate Change” as part of the McGee Public Policy Lecture Series. A reception will follow immediately. William Nordhaus is Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale...

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Latest LEED certification is Vanderbilt’s lucky 13th

Mar. 11, 2013—[Originally posted by MyVU] The top floor of The Commons Center recently achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the 13th certified project on campus. The Commons Center was originally constructed in 2008 and is comprised of four stories. The basement, first and second...

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SPEAR named Vanderbilt’s “Greenest Group on Campus”

Feb. 28, 2013—The winner of the 2013 Vanderbilt Athletics’ Basketball Sustainability Competition, SPEAR (Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility), celebrated their accomplishment of being named the “Greenest Group on Campus” with a VIP event at the Vanderbilt vs. Georgia basketball game on February 27. Skyler Hutto, SPEAR President, accepted the a basketball signed by Head Coach Kevin Stallings from...

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Mad as a Hatter: Global efforts to reduce mercury emissions

Feb. 26, 2013—Originally posted by Research News @ Vanderbilt Did you ever wonder what made the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland so mad? The phrase “mad as a hatter” actually comes from Mad Hatter disease, better known as mercury poisoning. In the 19th century, fur treated with mercury was used to make felt hats. Hatters were confined...

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More companies reporting profitability from environmentally friendly practices

Feb. 21, 2013—Originally published by CGMA Magazine. For years, companies have wrestled with the question of whether environmentally friendly business practices created enough financial value to justify investing in them. Those questions remain for many organisations as a fragile world economy demands prudent stewardship of company currency. But a new report indicates that companies increasingly are discovering...

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