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    Electric vehicle charging stations now available on campus

    Nine electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now open to the Vanderbilt community and general public. Read More

    Nov 2, 2011

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    Vanderbilt takes the EPA Game Day Challenge during the Vanderbilt-Arkansas game Oct. 29

    Fans attending the Vanderbilt-Arkansas football game at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday are encouraged to get caught “green-handed” as Vanderbilt takes the EPA’s Game Day Challenge. Read More

    Oct 27, 2011

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    Vanderbilt continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

    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. Read More

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Get caught ‘green-handed’ during Game Day Challenge Oct. 29

    Mobile recycling collection trikes help tailgaters reduce waste at Vanderbilt football games. (Bill Randles/Vanderbilt University) On Oct. 29, Vanderbilt will compete with more than 65 schools across the country in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Game Day Challenge. This is Vanderbilt’s second year taking the challenge. Last year, participating… Read More

    Oct 26, 2011

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    Solar installation combines student initiative, renewable energy technology

    Solar film has been installed at the Vanderbilt co-generation power plant in a project sponsored by the Vanderbilt Green Fund. (John Russell/Vanderbilt) 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… Read More

    Sep 23, 2011

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    Green Bag Luncheon Series kicks off Sept. 21 with fresh foods demonstration, tasting

    Yearlong series will address current sustainability topics Using fresh food items from the Vanderbilt Farmers' Market will be the first topic in the Green Bag Luncheon Series, which kicks off Sept. 21. (Vanderbilt University) Starting this month, Vanderbilt’s Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and the American… Read More

    Sep 13, 2011

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    It’s All Connected

    The Sustainability Project sparks a campus dialogue  about our relationship with the environment and commitment to its future (Neil Brake/Vanderbilt)       Bangladesh, in South Asia, is a flat, low-lying land situated between the melting snowcaps of the Himalayas… Read More

    Aug 1, 2011

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    Incorporate sustainability into summer excursions

    iStockphoto As vacation season heats up, cars and planes rev up to meet the needs of eager travelers.  By putting a little extra effort into the planning of your vacation, you can reduce the environmental impact of your trips with these handy and sustainable travel tips. Tourism’s Impact on… Read More

    Jun 23, 2011

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    Take advantage of fresh foods from local farmers this growing season

    by Kendra Abkowitz, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office Vanderbilt Farmers Market 2010 (Vanderbilt University/Steve Green) Tennessee’s summer growing season brings ample opportunities to enjoy fresh, locally and sustainably grown and produced vegetables, fruits, meats, flowers, herbs, cheeses, bread and much more! The best opportunities for finding these… Read More

    May 20, 2011

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    Rand Hall improvements win 2011 Energy Management Achievement award

    On April 30, (pictured from left to right) David Rehse of the Association of Energy Engineers and the Center for Energy Efficiency at MTSU presented Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for Plant Operations; Darren Bevill, campus energy manager; and Mitch Lampley, director of Engineering and Technical Support,… Read More

    May 2, 2011

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    Have a clean spring: Add some green to your cleaning routine

    Now that spring is well underway and the weather is warmer, thoughts turn to freshening up your surroundings.  Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition, and can result in simplifying and organizing your home and/or office without impacting the environment by following some simple strategies. “Spring cleaning is a… Read More

    Apr 29, 2011

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    Vanderbilt turns in solid performance in RecycleMania competition

    The RecycleMania competition is now over and has official winners for 2011.  RecycleMania is a friendly recycling competition among colleges and universities across the country  sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Keep America Beautiful. Together, participating colleges and universities recycled or composted… Read More

    Apr 25, 2011

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    Vanderbilt University receives ‘A’ rating on new report ranking the top 50 national universities on environmental and social transparency

    iStock Photography Vanderbilt University received an “A” rating and was one of the top five universities recognized in a recently released analysis of environmental and social sustainability transparency. Using data collected during the spring of 2010 from university websites and other voluntary reporting initiatives, the Roberts… Read More

    Apr 21, 2011

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    Save the Earth, save the air, save $$$ commuting: Find out how at the Clean Air Fair April 21

    Come celebrate Earth Day with games, prizes and giveaways Thursday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Medical Center Plaza Across from Langford Auditorium* at the first-ever Vanderbilt Clean Air Fair. This fair is a unique forum for employees and students to learn about alternative transportation and… Read More

    Apr 15, 2011

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    VUMC taking steps, both big and small, to cut energy use

    Anthony Hayes, left, and Charlie Evans install new energy-efficient light bulbs in Eskind Biomedical Library. (Vanderbilt University/Anne Rayner) by Leslie Hill in the VUMC Reporter Vanderbilt University Medical Center spends about $38 million per year on energy. That breaks down to $26 million on electricity,… Read More

    Mar 25, 2011

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    High school students partner with Vanderbilt University to promote energy conservation

    Catherine Caffey and Emily Alsentzer (Photo courtesy School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt) For many college students who are not faced with electric bills, energy conservation is not considered a priority. Two Metro Nashville high school students are attempting to change that attitude by implementing an energy conservation competition… Read More

    Mar 4, 2011

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    Listen: Go green for Valentine’s celebration

    Flowers, sweets and time spent with a special someone are great Valentine’s traditions, but the Vanderbilt University Sustainability and Environmental Management Office has suggestions for protecting the earth while you celebrate. Read More

    Feb 11, 2011

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    Show love for the Earth this Valentine’s Day

    Vanderbilt University expert suggests environmentally friendly Valentine’s Day celebration alternatives Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, is a day filled with cards, sweets, flowers and gifts.  Like many holidays, its celebration can create unintentional environmental side effects, such as the consumption of natural resources and the generation of solid waste. But… Read More

    Feb 4, 2011

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    Listen: Recycle during basketball games

    Recycling at all Vanderbilt men’s and women’s basketball games  continues for the second year, thanks to a partnership between the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and Athletics. Sporting events provide the opportunity to recycle much material that otherwise ends up in local landfills, according to Lindsay Walker, recycling coordinator,… Read More

    Dec 31, 2010

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    Lighting upgrade at Vanderbilt University’s Buttrick Hall saves 34 metric tons of GHG emissions

    A recent upgrade to the lighting in Buttrick Hall, a classroom building on Vanderbilt University’s campus, saves both money and the environment. The Plant Operations crew replaced 150 50-watt MR-16 halogen light bulbs with 6-watt light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The new LED lights will save 57,000 kilowatt hours per year… Read More

    Dec 23, 2010