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Design phase begins for university’s West End Neighborhood

Oct. 2, 2017—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. A major component of the Academic Strategic Plan and FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s comprehensive land use plan, is re-imagining what has been dubbed the “West End Neighborhood” – the area comprising Carmichael Towers, Greek Row and West Side Row along West End Avenue. Following up on a series of community meetings and working...

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Are YOU the Greenest Group on Campus?

Sep. 29, 2017—Waste Management, Inc., the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), and VU Athletics, are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Vanderbilt Football Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP tailgate event for 20 people, 20 tickets to the game, an autographed item from Vanderbilt athletics, and on-field recognition...

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Vote for Vanderbilt’s Park(ing) Day Park!

Sep. 22, 2017—Want to vote for Vanderbilt University’s Park(ing) Day Park? You can vote by liking the Vanderbilt photo on the Nashville Civic Design Center facebook page! Vanderbilt staff and students converted 17 parking spaces into one pop-up park to allow the community to envision the possibilities of transforming a small footprint of underutilized space to serve the needs of the...

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Celebrate Zero Emissions Day and World Car Free Day!

Sep. 20, 2017—Zero Emissions Day – September 21 Celebrate Zero Emissions Day on September 21 by cutting your environmental footprint! One day a year, people worldwide attempt to minimize or eliminate their use of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. Burning fossil fuels contributes to carbon emissions and climate change. What can you do? Bike, walk,...

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Earth Friendly Move In

Jul. 31, 2017—Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus soon! While moving in to your room or your office, please try to minimize waste and recycle. Check out some tips below. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and...

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Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week August 6-12

Jul. 31, 2017—Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week from August 6 -12 by taking advantage of the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Thursday August 10 from 2-5:30 pm at the Vanderbilt Medical Center Plaza. The Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market will have a photo contest and special giveaway to celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week! You can also celebrate by checking out one of...

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Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul. 25, 2017—Imagine slipping into a jacket, shirt or skirt that powers your cell phone, fitness tracker and other personal electronic devices as you walk, wave and even when you are sitting down. A new, ultrathin energy harvesting system developed at Vanderbilt University’s Nanomaterials and Energy Devices Laboratory has the potential to do just that. Based on battery technology...

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Traffic Costs Tennessee Cities More than $1.1 Billion Annually

Jul. 25, 2017—Traffic congestion in Tennessee’s four largest cities ranks in the worst half of the nation and costs Tennessee more than $1.1 billion annually, according to a new report gathered by nonpartisan think tank ThinkTennessee. Using data from the INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, ThinkTennessee found that Nashville drivers spend nearly a full work week (33.6 hours) sitting...

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TIPs funding awarded to 15 innovative interdisciplinary projects

Jul. 18, 2017—The 2017 recipients of Vanderbilt University’s Trans-Institutional Programs (TIPs) initiative,15 exciting interdisciplinary concepts, include an initiative related to understanding climate change effects. These research projects bring together more than 140 faculty members with graduate and undergraduate students from all 10 schools and colleges, creating multifaceted teams to approach complex challenges. “This innovative, cross-campus approach that creates...

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Remember to power down before leaving for extended periods this summer!

Jun. 29, 2017—Don’t forget to power down before you leave the office or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with hot temperatures. The planet, and your energy bill, will thank you for it. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away: Set thermostat settings to 76-78 degrees...

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Web-based tool will help government realistically plan for climate change

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here.  Life beside the Mississippi River always came with some uncertainty about the safety of homes, crops and city streets. Residents looked at flood maps based on historical data and chose their sites, built their levies and bridge footings and kept a wary eye on the river stages....

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Climate change took away ancient animals’ food supply; holds implications for today’s wildlife

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. During the last Ice Age, Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea formed a single landmass. It was a strange and often hostile place populated by a bizarre cast of giant animals – massive kangaroos and others claimed in a global mass extinction 30,000 years ago. Researchers argue what...

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Expert: Private industry, better messaging can help overcome damage from Paris withdrawal

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement phases out U.S. commitments to achieve carbon reduction targets and make financial contributions to slow climate change. It was a move environmentalists found disappointing, at best. But Vanderbilt University law and...

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Donation and recycling options expanded on campus April 20 to May 13 for Earth Friendly Move Out

May. 1, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. Just in time for student move-out and spring cleaning your office, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded from April 20 to May 13. Earth Friendly Move Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 6 on the Ingram Commons campus until May 13 on main...

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Celebrate Bike Month in May

Apr. 28, 2017—May is Nashville Bike Month, and there are plenty of opportunities to strap on a helmet and get on your bike! Biking is a green, cost-effective way to get around town while getting some exercise! If you need some pointers on biking and bike maintenance, there are two classes happening on campus this month. The...

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