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Vanderbilt achieves highest sustainability rating from ‘The Princeton Review’

Aug. 28, 2012—Vanderbilt University has been named to the 2013 Green Honor Roll by "The Princeton Review." Vanderbilt was one of only 21 universities nationwide to receive the publication's highest possible green rating.

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Staff member celebrates new citizenship, community found at Vanderbilt

Jul. 27, 2012—April 19, 2007, is a date etched in Gerges Abdelmeseh’s memory. On that day more than five years ago, Gerges, his wife Sheren and two young sons, Bishoy and John, left their native Egypt and settled in Nashville. The family came to the United States as part of the Diversity Visa Program, a congressionally mandated...

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Composting efforts restore balance, help campus trees thrive

Jul. 25, 2012—The Vanderbilt campus is home to more than 7,500 trees – that adds up to a lot of leaves. But did you know that Vanderbilt Plant Operations’ grounds program has been harnessing nature’s own processes to help trees on campus weather the record heat this summer? Mulching the areas underneath the trees with compost made...

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Vanderbilt’s energy conservation efforts pay off during heat wave

Jul. 5, 2012—When Nashville temperatures soared to an all-time high last Friday, the Vanderbilt campus kept its cool, thanks in part to low humidity as well as the long-term energy conservation efforts of administrators and the ready response of Vanderbilt employees. Even though the thermometer reached a record 109 degrees June 29, the university’s total electrical consumption...

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Soaring temperatures mean it’s time to conserve energy

Jun. 27, 2012—As the weekend approaches, temperatures across the South are expected to soar to 100 degrees or higher. As one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee, Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus and at the medical center. Slight modifications to energy use patterns...

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Solar charging stations for personal electronics installed on campus

May. 7, 2012—Members of the Vanderbilt community can now enjoy the outdoors and charge their personal electronics at the same time thanks to four solar-powered charging stations that have been installed on campus.

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Weather permitting, humane dispersal of roosting crows begins Thursday

Jan. 24, 2012—NOTE: Weather permitting, the effort to disperse roosting crows will begin on Thursday, Jan. 26, around 4 p.m. Inclement weather may postpone the effort until a future date. Sounds of cannon fire and fireworks will fill the air in the early evening beginning Thursday, Jan. 26, as Vanderbilt undertakes its latest effort to drive roosting...

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Humane dispersal of roosting crows begins this week

Jan. 20, 2012—Sounds of cannon fire and fireworks will fill the air in the early evening beginning Jan. 25 as Vanderbilt undertakes its latest effort to drive roosting birds from campus. In recent weeks, hordes of crows have gathered in the branches of trees to roost. The results have been loud squawking and potentially hazardous bird droppings....

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Inside Out

Jan. 1, 2012—Community Connections aims to enrich the work lives of Vanderbilt staff As one of Tennessee’s largest employers, Vanderbilt is, in essence, a small city. More than 22,000 workers comprise this bustling community, which is service-minded, rich in creativity and culturally diverse. What better place to find kindred spirits, like-minded hobbyists, caring companions and potential mentors? But –...

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Vanderbilt continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Oct. 26, 2011—Vanderbilt University has decreased its greenhouse gas emissions per square foot by 18 percent since 2005 despite a 17 percent increase in square footage, according to a new report prepared by Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office.

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Electric vehicle charging station coming to campus

Oct. 3, 2011—Vanderbilt University has teamed with the Electric Power Research Institute and the Tennessee Valley Authority to build an integrated solar-assisted electric vehicle charging station on campus.

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Solar installation combines student initiative, renewable energy technology

Sep. 23, 2011—An innovative solar energy installation now adorns a concrete silo at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant. The unique, 8.16-kilowatt, student-initiated solar project – made possible by funding from the Vanderbilt Green Fund – incorporates renewable energy technologies while providing access to usable, real-time electricity generation data that will be available to the public online. Last...

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