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    Remember to power down before leaving for the holidays

    (iStockphoto) Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from the dorm room, office or home for an extended period of time over the holidays should remember to power down before they leave. Doing so is a great way to reduce one’s energy consumption and environmental… Read More

    Dec 12, 2012

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    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology named ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

    The Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology was recognized as the "Greenest Group on Campus" at the Vanderbilt football game Nov. 17. (Vanderbilt University) Vanderbilt’s Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology was the winner of the first Vanderbilt Athletics’ Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated their honor as… Read More

    Nov 27, 2012

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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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    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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    Vanderbilt doubles on-campus electric vehicle charging capacity

    The Smart Modal Area Recharge Terminal, or SMART station, can accommodate 10 vehicles and joins five other stations scattered across the campus and medical center, bringing the total number of EV charging bays to 19. Read More

    Oct 23, 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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    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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    VUCast: Stock Obsession

    This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Why our obsession with stock prices is killing U.S. companies. How powerful is the shrinking undecided voter? Vanderbilt takes you from farm to fork [vucastblurb]… Read More

    Oct 5, 2012

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    VU move-in day sees 83 percent increase in cardboard recycling

    During the student move-in time period this year, Vanderbilt successfully recycled 32.66 tons of cardboard. This number is an 83 percent increase in cardboard recycling from last year, and a 400 percent increase in cardboard recycling since 2008. This huge accomplishment was the result of strong collaboration between the… Read More

    Sep 21, 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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    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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    Vanderbilt, two others receive grant to support student fellowships in sustainability

    Front row, l-r: Wes Floyd, Kelsey Kaline and Alexandra Scovone; back row, l-r: Marc Loeffke, Patrick Starr and Charlie Molthrop. (image courtesy of Furman University) Vanderbilt and two other universities will share a $75,000 grant from the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation to support student fellowships in community sustainability, research… Read More

    Jun 27, 2012

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    As summer temperatures rise, be mindful of energy use

    iStockphoto As the thermometer climbs this summer, be aware of steps you can take to conserve and reduce energy. Closing window shades, dressing in light, loose layers and setting indoor thermostats at 75 degrees or higher will help keep energy costs and consumption low. For more energy conservation tips,… Read More

    May 30, 2012

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    VUCast Newscast: Best Books for Kids

    This Week on VUCast, Vanderbilt’s online newscast: Tips for picking great children’s books Vandy rocketeers shoot for the stars and come out on top! A fresh feast for your body [vucastblurb]… Read More

    May 25, 2012