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Vanderbilt discovers the ‘black gold’ of composting

Jan. 25, 2008—[Originally published in MyVU] Vanderbilt’s park-like setting that garnered it the designation of a national arboretum also means a lot of trees: more than 7,500. And all those trees produce a massive amount of leaves that, until recently, were just stockpiled at Natchez Triangle. “The Grounds Department wanted to try to incorporate green principles to...

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Waste & Recycling


Green effort at Vanderbilt extends into virtual world

Jan. 2, 2008—[Originally published in MyVU] The computing revolution comes with a not-often acknowledged environmental cost. Computers – and the servers which allow them to run – use energy and give off heat. Then they have to be cooled down, using more energy. At Vanderbilt, officials with Information Technology Services are using a “server virtualization” strategy to...

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Energy


Recycling gathers momentum at VUMC

Oct. 26, 2007—[Originally published in The VUMC Employee Quarterly] Over the years, any number of offices and work groups at VUMC have launched independent recycling efforts. Now a more coordinated program is taking shape. In August 2006, a medical student group called VUMC C.A.R.E.S. (Campaign for Awareness, Recycling, and Environmental Sustainability) started a pilot recycling program, waging...

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Vanderbilt First University in Tennessee Recognized for “Green” Building

Aug. 27, 2007—By Princine Lewis, Vanderbilt News Vanderbilt University is the first university in the state to be recognized for environmentally friendly construction by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings....

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Green Building News


New coordinator to boost campus recycling efforts

Aug. 20, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong Green efforts on campus are getting a boost with the hiring of Vanderbilt’s first full-time recycling coordinator. Jennifer Hackett, whose longtime advocacy for recycling was in part shaped by her experience as a Vanderbilt divinity student, was named to the position in July. Though Vanderbilt has...

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VU initiates power curtailment due to record heat

Aug. 10, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] With record heat over the past several days and high temperatures forecast for the weeks to come, Nashville Electric Service is anticipating a significant increase in power consumption across the Nashville community, leading it to issue a Power Supply Alert to its customers. In response, Vanderbilt has initiated a...

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The New Wal-Mart Effect

Aug. 6, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] American companies and consumers can encourage foreign suppliers to follow environmental rules, researcher finds By Amy Wolf Most of America’s low-cost stores have much of their merchandise made in foreign countries, such as China. What’s become better known, because of recent news reports, are the serious safety and environmental...

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From French Fries to Clean Fuel: Using recycled vegetable oil, biodiesel inititative seeks to improve air quality on campus

Jul. 9, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong A Vanderbilt student group’s love of nature and desire to conserve natural resources has led to a project that will produce cleaner-burning fuel for use on campus. The Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative, started by participants of Vanderbilt’s Wilskills program, will take used vegetable oil – the stuff...

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Biodiesel News Transportation


Campus asked to conserve electricity in anticipation of long, hot summer

Jun. 25, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] By Kara Furlong June 21 marked the official start of summer, and though the daylight hours have begun their slow but steady decline toward fall, summer – and its heat – are far from over. That has some Vanderbilt administrators thinking about the university’s energy consumption, and they are...

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Energy News


Natural foods store on campus garners recognition

Apr. 30, 2007—[Originally published in The Vanderbilt Register] Nectar, a natural foods store located in Barnard Hall, recently won several industry awards for its unique approach to providing students with natural, organic and gourmet food options. The store earned the 2007 Society of Environmental Graphic Design’s A Lot with a Little Award, the National Association of College...

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Dining News


Kissam Quad wins Freshman Energy Conservation Contest

Apr. 3, 2007—[Originally published by Vanderbilt Student Communications on InsideVandy] By Harish Krishnamoorthi Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Recycling announced Kissam Quad as the winner of its Freshman Energy Conservation Contest. The contest, a pilot program for the organization’s sustainability and conservation initiative, took place March 18-31. “We decided to sponsor the competition for several reasons. One...

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Energy News


The Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters Test the Effects of Turning off the Lights

Dec. 13, 2006—In an episode of the Discovery Channel’s hit popular science show, Mythbusters, the cast tests if turning the lights off every time you leave the room really conserves energy. Details about the experiment and its results are included below… This myth is featured in Episode 69: Lights On or Off?, which was originally aired on December...

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