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Slay energy vampires this Halloween

Oct. 26, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using more energy! Energy vampires are electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but still...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down almost 30 percent per square foot

Oct. 20, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 18 percent from its peak in 2008 and by 13 percent overall from calendar years 2005 to 2014, according to the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office’s latest annual GHG inventory. Taking into account Vanderbilt’s significant growth...

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Vanderbilt recycling up 430 percent since 2007

Oct. 14, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt has yet again increased the amount of materials it recycled last year! Recycling increased by 25% from 2013 to 2014, now totaling 7.4 million pounds of materials. That is the same weight as 10 fully loaded Boeing 747s! Since 2007, Vanderbilt has increased its recycling by over 430%. In...

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Vanderbilt sustainability groups to help bring ‘green’ education to MNPS students next spring

Oct. 9, 2015—SustainVU, the Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach and Vanderbilt Student Volunteers forScience are subgrant recipients of a $91,000, two-year EPA grant to Nashville’s Urban Green Lab to deliver hands-on science and sustainability education to Nashville middle- and high-schoolers. With assistance from partners Metro Nashville Public Schools and Nissan North America, the Urban Green Lab’s mobile...

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Printing Services 2.0 Includes Environmental Stewardship

Oct. 5, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt Business Services has named Sean Carroll as director of Printing Services. Carroll, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, has more than 15 years of leadership in the graphic communications industry and began his Vanderbilt career as assistant director of Printing Services in 2011. “Sean’s wealth of industry knowledge,...

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Second Annual Commons Unplugged: October 25-31

Sep. 29, 2015—The second annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, October 25 to Saturday, October 31, 2015 will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population. These events are presented by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and...

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

Sep. 28, 2015—VU Athletics, the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Waste Management, Inc. are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Football Athletics 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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Life Phase Series: ‘Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening’

Sep. 24, 2015—Originally published by MyVU. The Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center presents the next installment in its Life Phase Series on Thursday, Oct. 8. “Composting and Need to Know for Successful Gardening” is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at the VRWC. Feel free to bring your lunch to the event. Guest speaker Ryan Cooper, an...

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining & Coca-Cola Bring OCRA Digester to Campus

Sep. 15, 2015—Nashville, TN, September, 2015 – Organic food waste and overburdened landfills have long been an issue in food service, and developing “zero waste” initiatives is key to stopping landfilling organic waste. The Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) machine can be a significant component to these initiatives. The ORCA offers a method to digest food waste...

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Eight Vanderbilt researchers named ‘Inspiring Women in STEM’

Aug. 17, 2015—Originally published by MyVU. Eight Vanderbilt professors are recipients of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM Award. The award honors highly accomplished women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics who have made a positive impact on the trajectories of other women thinking about or newly embarking on STEM careers. “For many...

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Earth-Friendly Move In Tips for Students

Aug. 4, 2015—Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus! While moving in, try to minimize waste and recycle. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film wrapping. SustainVU will also host a booth at the University Resources...

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Enjoy Tennessee’s local produce during National Farmers’ Market Week!

Aug. 3, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week August 2 through August 8 by taking advantage of the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Thursday August 6 from 3pm to 6pm or checking out one of The Nashville Farmers’ Market (NFM) events discussed below. Aug. 3: Look for the green “LOCAL” signs at the Nashville Farmers’...

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Public Meetings Scheduled for Nashville MTA/RTA transit system

Jul. 30, 2015—To weigh in on Nashville’s strategic transit plan, join Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Nashville Regional Transit Authority (RTA) for a public discussion on the future of Nashville’s transit system at two public meetings in August. Tuesday, August 11 at 5:30-7pm East Park Community Center 600 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206 Wednesday, August 12...

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NACUBO members tour campus sustainability features

Jul. 22, 2015—Read the MyVU article here.   Vanderbilt University played host Monday to about 100 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which held its annual meeting in Nashville July 18-21. NACUBO represents more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and worldwide. NACUBO members toured...

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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for the holiday!

Jul. 1, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over the holiday. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are...

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