Sustainability

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    Stave off holiday excess by celebrating sustainably this season

    The holiday season is traditionally a time of plenty, but it also can be a time of excess. Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environment Management Office has put together a list of 15 actions everyone can take to reduce holiday waste and make the season a little greener. Read More

    Nov. 14, 2012

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    Clean Energy Summit set for Nov. 14 in Nashville

    Commissioner John R. Norris of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is the marquee speaker at the Southeast Clean Energy Transmission Summit Nov. 14 in Nashville. Read More

    Nov. 1, 2012

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    This Halloween, slay energy vampires

    Curious as to whether your electronics are vampires? Look for a glowing light that remains on even when you power off the device. A silent menace may be lurking around your Vanderbilt office or home. “Energy vampires,” electronic devices that slowly suck energy when they are turned off but… Read More

    Oct. 25, 2012

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    Greenhouse gas emissions down 12 percent since 2008

    Vanderbilt releases updated report to mark Campus Sustainability Day (Vanderbilt University) Overall greenhouse gas emissions from Vanderbilt’s campus and medical center have decreased by 12 percent from an all-time high reached in 2008—and by 7 percent from 2005 to 2011—even though the institution has seen significant growth in square… Read More

    Oct. 24, 2012

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    Compete for ‘Greenest Group on Campus’ title, win VIP tailgate at football game

    All groups, teams, departments and campus organizations are invited to compete to be the “greenest group on campus.” To enter, a group captain, leader or representative must complete the competition survey. Read More

    Oct. 22, 2012

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    Grant to develop battery to aid home energy use

    Peter Pintauro, H. Eugene McBrayer Professor of Chemical Engineering and chair of the chemical and biomolecular engineering department, has partnered with researchers from the University of Kansas and TVN Systems, Inc. on a three-year, $1.72 million grant from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy of the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a durable, low-cost battery capable of gathering power at off-peak hours and storing it for use during times of high demand. Read More

    Oct. 16, 2012

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    Ink, toner, mobile device recycling program launched

    Photo provided by SEMO/Vanderbilt A new program is under way on campus to make it easy to recycle copier, fax, laser and ink jet toner cartridges, as well as old cell phones, iPods and mp3 players. It’s good for the earth and it also benefits some good causes that… Read More

    Oct. 12, 2012

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    Pitch in at the EPA Gameday Challenge Oct. 20

    This month dozens of colleges across the country will participate in the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2012 Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s third year in a row taking the challenge. Last year, participating schools diverted nearly half a million pounds of waste from local landfills, and Vanderbilt ranked in the Top 10… Read More

    Oct. 11, 2012

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    Registration for SEC Symposium now open

    Registration is now open for the 2013 SEC Symposium, which will have the theme “Impact of the Southeast in the World’s Renewable Energy Future.” This SEC event, which is led by the University of Georgia, takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Feb. 10-12, 2013. To… Read More

    Oct. 5, 2012

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    Sustaining Tennessee: Challenges and opportunities for making good decisions

    The effects of climate change will have widespread impact on the state, but there are opportunities to offset it by incorporating “climate-friendly” and “climate-resilient” actions into routine management decisions, say scientists from Vanderbilt University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, University of Memphis and the Tennessee Department of Health in a new report. Read More

    Sep. 17, 2012

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    VU named among best colleges for food in America

    The Commons Dining Center is a state-of-the-art facility that features a salad bar, specialty pizza oven, deli, wok, grill and vegan/vegetarian food options. (Vanderbilt University/Steve Green) Culinary website The Daily Meal conducted a study of 2,000 four-year educational institutions to determine the best in campus dining… Read More

    Sep. 14, 2012

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    MEDIA ADVISORY: Tennessee sustainability report to be released Sept. 11

    The effects of climate change will have widespread impact on the state, but there are opportunities to offset it by incorporating “climate-friendly” and “climate-resilient” actions into routine management decisions, say scientists from Vanderbilt and other major Tennessee research institutions in a new report. Read More

    Sep. 6, 2012

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    Commodore fans can tackle recycling at home football games

    (image courtesy of IMG Marketing) Recycling will be available at Vanderbilt football’s season opener against South Carolina Aug. 30 and at all home games this year. The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Athletics are teaming… Read More

    Aug. 28, 2012

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    Vanderbilt achieves highest sustainability rating from ‘The Princeton Review’

    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. Read More

    Aug. 28, 2012

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    Campus publications becoming more sustainable

    Vanderbilt’s 2012-13 parking map will be the first campus publication to carry the Forest Stewardship Council TM (FSC) certified mark and will be printed on paper containing 50 percent recycled content and 30 percent post-consumer waste. Read More

    Aug. 8, 2012

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    B-cycle demonstration draws crowd

    B-cycle is a fee-based program designed for short trips across campus or in the vicinity. Vanderbilt will have two kiosks starting this fall. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt) About 75 Vanderbilt staff and faculty stopped by the surface lot at Terrace Place and 21st Avenue South Aug. 1 for a… Read More

    Aug. 2, 2012

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    Composting efforts restore balance, help campus trees thrive

    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? Plant… Read More

    Jul. 25, 2012

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    Save money, stay healthy with the EPA’s energy reducing tips

    iStockphoto With summer in full swing and air conditioners blasting, it’s important to keep your health and the environment in mind. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its list of 15 Hot Tips for a Cool Summer both at home and at work. The list includes… Read More

    Jul. 11, 2012

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    Vanderbilt’s energy conservation efforts pay off during heat wave

    Anthony Hayes of VUMC Plant Services' electrical shop installs LED energy efficient light bulbs at Eskind Biomedical Library. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt) 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… Read More

    Jul. 5, 2012

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    Love Circle alternative energy showcase project nears completion

    The wind turbine stands next to the wind monitoring station (right) and frames are ready for solar panels on the hill atop Love Circle near campus. (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt) A collaborative wind-solar alternative energy project between Vanderbilt’s mechanical engineering department and Nashville Metro Water Services has picked up speed with… Read More

    Jun. 8, 2012