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Rand Hall improvements win 2011 Energy Management Achievement award

May. 4, 2011—Vanderbilt University has been awarded the 2011 Energy Management Achievement award by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at Middle Tennessee State University. The award recognized recent energy efficiency improvements to Rand Hall. Plant Operations improved the heating and cooling system and upgraded the building...

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Have a clean Spring: Add some green to your cleaning routine

Apr. 28, 2011—Now that spring is well underway and the weather is warmer, thoughts turn to freshening up your surroundings. Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, and can result in simplifying and organizing your home and/or office without impacting the environment by following some simple strategies. “Spring cleaning is a great time to think about your environmental...

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Vanderbilt turns in solid performance in RecycleMania competition

Apr. 25, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in myVU] by Missy Pankake The RecycleMania competition is now over and has official winners for 2011. RecycleMania is a friendly recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful. Together, participating colleges and universities recycled or composted...

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Vanderbilt University receives ‘A’ rating on new report ranking the top 50 national universities on environmental and social transparency

Apr. 22, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] by Missy Pankake Vanderbilt University received an “A” rating and was one of the top five universities recognized in a recently released analysis of environmental and social sustainability transparency. Using data collected during the spring of 2010 from university websites and other voluntary reporting initiatives, the Roberts...

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Commuting options save money, reduce pollution

Apr. 22, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] By Missy Pankake Almost 20 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions produced at Vanderbilt are from employees commuting to and from work. Combine that with gas prices on the rise, and many employees are exploring their commuting options. A Clean Air Fair focused on commuting was held...

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Idea for community garden grows into reality

Apr. 22, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service in MyVU] Last year, the Vanderbilt Initiative for Vegetarian Awareness (VIVA) had the idea to create a Vanderbilt Community Garden to grow crops for Vanderbilt students in organic and sustainable ways. This month, the garden became a reality with the first planting. “VIVA created the garden, along with generous...

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Attend the release of Nashville’s Open Space Plan on Thursday, April 14

Apr. 12, 2011—Photo credits: Gary Layda, Anita McCaig and The Land Trust for Tennessee. Directions to Shelby Bottoms Nature Center For more information about The Land Trust for Tennessee, visit http://www.landtrusttn.org/.

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VU providing free shuttle to public meeting about street cars in the midtown area

Apr. 8, 2011—[Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] by Missy Pankake Vanderbilt employees will have a say about whether or not street cars and other transit modes to be described at a meeting sponsored by MTA, Thursday, April 14, from 4 -6:30 p.m. at Blakemore United Methodist Church, 3601 West End. Free continuous shuttle...

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Save the Earth, save the air, save $$$ commuting: Find out how at the Clean Air Fair April 21

Apr. 5, 2011—Come celebrate Earth Day with games, prizes and giveaways on Thursday, April 21, from 11 am to 2 pm in Medical Center Plaza Across from Langford Auditorium* at the first-ever Vanderbilt Clean Air Fair. This fair is a unique forum for employees and students to learn about alternative transportation and commuter choice programs and products...

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Celebrate Transit Week 2011 by signing the Pledge to Ride

Apr. 4, 2011—[Originally published by News and Public Affairs in MyVU] Join Transit Now in committing to ride transit at least once during Transit Week, April 17-23. CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE. Vanderbilt offers employees a number of alternative transportation options including: Free rides to and from work in Davidson County on the Metro Transit Authority...

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VUMC taking steps, both big and small, to cut energy use

Mar. 24, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Office of News and Public Affairs in The Reporter] By: Leslie Hill 3/24/2011 – Vanderbilt University Medical Center spends about $38 million per year on energy. That breaks down to $26 million on electricity, almost $9 million on steam and $3 million on water. As such a large...

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World Water Day examines where water comes from in urban areas

Mar. 16, 2011—Do you know where the water comes from that you drink? Cook with? Bathe in? Access to clean water is central to our well-being. It is a critical resource necessary for survival, contributing to human health, irrigation and transportation. When we turn on the faucet or shower or flush a toilet, we don’t often think...

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Springfield/Joelton bus starts March 1; Discount passes available

Feb. 28, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Trip # 890 5:43 a.m. – Depart Springfield Downtown Park-N-Ride 5:55 a.m. – Depart Springfield Wal-Mart 6:14 a.m. – Depart Joelton Park-N-Ride 6:36 a.m.  – Arrive Music City Central Bay 8 6:47 a.m. – Arrive 10th and Broadway 6:51 a.m. – Arrive 21st and West End 6:54 a.m. –...

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Jump start your St. Patrick’s Day with a Green Careers Fair on March 16

Feb. 24, 2011—Are you looking for a way to add more GREEN to your St. Patrick’s Day? Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and The Vanderbilt Career Center are teaming up to host a Green Careers Fair on Wednesday, March 16 from 3 – 5 pm in Ballroom C of the Student Life Center. The...

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High school students partner with VU students to promote energy conservation on Commons campus

Feb. 24, 2011—[Originally published by Vanderbilt News Service] Each year, the different houses of The Commons compete for the “Commons Cup,” which is awarded at the end of the academic year to the House with the most points. This year, the energy conservation component of the competition has been given a twist with the help of Metro...

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