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Urban Green Lab, VU, & Partners Launch Statewide Curriculum to Inspire Sustainable Living, Prevent Waste in Cities

Jul. 10, 2018—Read the Urban Green Lab announcement here. NASHVILLE, TN (July 10, 2018) — Urban Green Lab, in partnership with Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, trained 30 Metro Nashville teachers today as part of a first-ever statewide curriculum aimed at training teachers how to integrate sustainable living...

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Wellcast: FutureVU and a Healthier You!

May. 18, 2018—Eric Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Administration at Vanderbilt University, discusses FutureVU, the visionary land use planning initiative at Vanderbilt. He explains the goals of FutureVU and describes the many ways it is enhancing the health and wellness of faculty, staff, and students. Listen here.

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Donation, recycling options expanded for Earth Friendly Move-Out

Apr. 30, 2018—Just in time for student Move-Out and spring cleaning of offices, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded until May 12. Earth Friendly Move-Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 5 on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and until May 12 on the main campus. Donate The Office of Housing and Residential Education...

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Campus Dining wins 2018 Basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

Mar. 22, 2018—Vanderbilt Campus Dining has been named winner of the 2018 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. They celebrated their title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Missouri February 27 game with a hospitality event and twenty tickets to the game, as well as in-game videoboard recognition. The sustainability competition, presented by Waste Management, Inc.,...

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Redesigned sustainability report expands focus to include holistic environmental efforts

Mar. 15, 2018—Vanderbilt displays a new emissions baseline in a redesigned version of its annual sustainability report that outlines the university’s environmental impact in 2016. The university’s GHG emissions come from three evenly split sources. Natural gas for the on-campus power plant and individual buildings represents 31 percent; 33 percent is power purchased from Nashville Electric Service;...

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Davidson County Long-Term Zero Waste Master Plan Survey

Feb. 15, 2018—Metro Nashville Public Works and Davidson County Solid Waste Region Board are working to create a long-term Solid Waste Master Plan with the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste to landfill in the future! The purpose of the Master Plan is to evaluate Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s existing waste management system and provide options...

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining focuses on sustainability

Jan. 11, 2018—On Jan. 3 and 4, Vanderbilt Campus Dining hosted a Forward Food training conducted by the Humane Society. (Vanderbilt University) As a leader in sustainability and a member of the Menus of Change collaborative, Vanderbilt Campus Dining has implemented several initiatives that will lessen the university’s environmental impact and enhance its overall dining program. Menus of Change/Forward...

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VU Facilities Donates Office Supplies to Local Charity

Jan. 3, 2018—Many Metro Nashville Public School students do not have the supplies that they need; however, Vanderbilt offices have found themselves with surplus supplies as we strive to go more fully digital to conserve resources. SEMO, the VU ReUse Surplus Program, and VU Plant Operations coordinated efforts to donate supplies to LP Pencil Box, a charity...

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Holiday Greening Tips

Dec. 8, 2017—Want to reduce your impact this holiday season? Here are a few tips from SustainVU’s Holiday Greening Guide to make your holiday a little greener this year. Office/Residence Hall/Home Energy Use Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from their residence halls, offices, classrooms or homes over the holidays should remember...

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Greening the Season – Holiday Waste Reduction Tips

Nov. 30, 2017—Since the holiday season is just around the corner, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) has provided some tips for reducing waste and making your holiday season more sustainable. Americans throw away 25% more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than other parts of the year, which is about 1 million extra tons...

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