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Plant Operations

Hawkins Field outfitted with energy-saving LED lights

Apr. 28, 2016—Hawkins Field, home of Vanderbilt’s national championship baseball team, has replaced all existing High-Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures on the field with fewer Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures.

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Aspirnauts visit Vanderbilt power plant

Apr. 21, 2016—More than 50 eighth-graders from Springfield Middle School toured the Vanderbilt power plant April 5 as part of the Aspirnaut Program, a partnership between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and rural K-12 schools to help recruit and develop the science, technology, engineering and math workforce of the future.

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SEC facilities officers meet at Vanderbilt

Mar. 1, 2016—Vanderbilt University Plant Operations was host of the fifth annual SEC Chief Facilities Officers Meeting held Feb. 24-26. The meeting convenes chief facilities officers from Southeastern Conference universities to discuss the latest topics in facilities management and share best practices.

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Humane dispersal of roosting birds begins Feb. 11

Feb. 5, 2016—Sounds of fireworks and flashing light will fill the air a couple of times each day beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, as Vanderbilt undertakes its latest effort to drive roosting birds from campus.

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Winter weather cancels classes, but gears up campus services

Jan. 22, 2016—When Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Susan Wente emailed students early Friday morning to inform them that classes had been cancelled for the day, many of them no doubt took it as a signal to sleep in or to begin their weekends early. But for a team of dedicated staff and administrators, the work of dealing with the winter weather had just begun.

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Humane dispersal of roosting birds begins Dec. 10

Dec. 7, 2015—Plant Operations will implement light devices, distress calls and other noisemakers in an effort to drive roosting birds from campus trees beginning Thursday, Dec. 10.

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Longtime Plant Operations employee recognized for 64 years of service

Nov. 20, 2015—August Johnson, a custodian for Plant Operations’ Building Services, retired Oct. 5 after 64 years of service at Vanderbilt. He was recognized during Plant Ops’ town hall meeting on Nov. 19.

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down almost 30 percent per square foot since 2005

Oct. 28, 2015—Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s greenhouse gas 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 GHG inventory.

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New one-call number to address facilities concerns

Jun. 11, 2015—Vanderbilt University Medical Center employees, patients and visitors to facilities included in the Adult Clinical Enterprise now have a new one-call number to address non-emergent facilities-related issues or concerns. The new number, which will be answered 24/7, is 615-343-6000 (internally 3-6000).

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Unclaimed campus bikes donated to neighborhood youth organization

Jun. 2, 2015—Youth in a neighborhood near Vanderbilt will benefit from a donation of campus bicycles that went unclaimed last academic year.

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Vanderbilt celebrates end of coal, smokestack teardown

Apr. 13, 2015—University leaders, students, faculty and staff gathered in the shadow of the university power plant Thursday, April 9 to celebrate Vanderbilt’s conversion from coal to natural gas for its heating, cooling and electricity needs.

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Media Advisory: Chancellor Zeppos, senior administrators celebrate the end of coal power, demolition of iconic smokestack April 9

Apr. 7, 2015—On the eve of the demolition of the plant’s iconic smokestack, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will speak at a celebration of the conversion on Thursday, April 9, at 4:10 p.m.

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