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Plant Operations

Demolition of power plant smokestack to begin soon

Apr. 6, 2015—The demolition work will take place between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. and is expected to last five to seven weeks, concluding in early June.

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Employees step up to battle winter weather on campus

Feb. 20, 2015—A storm coating the Vanderbilt campus with ice and snow means extra work for Vanderbilt Plant Operations employees, who say they're more than up to the challenge.

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Humane dispersal of roosting crows is underway

Jan. 23, 2015—Plant Operations will implement distress calls and other noisemakers in an effort to drive roosting birds from campus.

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Energy conservation urged as temperatures plummet

Jan. 7, 2015—Plant Operations is asking the Vanderbilt community to take small steps for the rest of the week to help reduce pressure on the campus’ energy infrastructure during the current bout of extremely cold weather.

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Vanderbilt power plant is now coal-free

Dec. 18, 2014—Vanderbilt's power plant now runs exclusively on natural gas.

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VU donates 35 tons of wood chips to Radnor Lake

Oct. 28, 2014—Vanderbilt has donated five dumptruck loads, or 35 tons, of wood chips to Tennessee State Parks to be used on walking paths at Radnor Lake State Natural Area.

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 27 percent per person

Oct. 22, 2014—Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by more than 27 percent per person on campus and by 35 percent per research dollar since 2005.

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Third-shift custodial services move to external partner

Oct. 6, 2014—Aramark is now providing custodial services for university buildings that had been serviced by Plant Operations during the third shift, which takes place between 11 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. The change was effective Oct. 5.

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Photos: Natural gas boilers installed at power plant

Jul. 15, 2014—Two massive natural gas boilers were installed at the Vanderbilt Power Plant July 12 as part of the university’s ongoing effort to convert the co-generation facility completely to natural gas.

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Dramatic site overhaul begins at Olin Hall

Jul. 7, 2014—Construction is underway on the new Engineering and Science Building adjacent to Olin Hall.

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10 tips for saving energy at Vanderbilt this summer

Jun. 30, 2014—As temperatures climb into the 90s and higher this summer, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center.

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Vanderbilt again included in ‘Princeton Review’ green colleges guide

Apr. 21, 2014—For the third year in a row, Vanderbilt University has been included in "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014."

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