Programs in the News
Vanderbilt University (TN) has announced plans to offer recycling at the school's last three home football games. Recycling receptacles will be available in tailgating areas, around the Vandyville area, and in the stadium. Fans will be able to recycle plastic bottles and aluminum cans, and vendors will be able to recycle cardboard.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is calling on faculty and staff to change the way they look at energy in a campaign designed to reduce campus energy consumption by 10 percent this year -- a move that would save the university more than $1 million from its campus energy budget. Called "Switch Your Thinking," the campaign sets an ambitious goal by calling on faculty, staff and students to take four simple steps to reduce the amount of energy consumed by the campus.
The University of Memphis' (TN) Center for Sustainable Design has started construction on an eco-friendly house called TERRA, which stands for Technologically and Environmentally Responsive Residential Architecture. Involved in the project, which is funded by a grant from the FedEx Institute of Technology, are students from architecture, interior design, graphic design and photography. The house will feature solar panels, cork floors, water-saving toilets, an insulated concrete form, energy-efficient lights, and a greywater recovery system. The two-story, 1,680-square-foot house should be completed in January of 2009.
Belmont University (TN) took steps to make the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate, which it hosted, environmentally friendly. Green features of the debate included Forest Stewardship Council certified, chlorine free, lignin free, and acid-free Debate08 letterhead; a reusable, polypropylene bag made of recycled materials; and an Electronic Press Kit (EPK) for visiting media to use, which included materials like press releases, contact lists, and background information on a one gigabyte flash drive rather than using printed pieces. Additionally, Belmont powered the Media Filing Center with generators that used an environmentally friendly biodiesel fuel blend.
Cleveland State Community College
Cleveland State Community College’s existing construction technology program was enhanced to include a focus on alternative and renewable energy sources, as well as the techniques and technologies for energy efficient construction. The project focuses on four areas: new curriculum, secondary school (high school) recruiting, workshops and seminars, and practical demonstration items. This enhanced program resulted in a new workforce development certificate called the Zero Energy Housing Certificate; six new or revised courses; and more than 6,000 individuals exposed to energy efficient construction materials in the classroom, public meetings, presentations and seminars. So far, more than 122 students have completed more than 300 community college courses related to the energy efficient construction field at Cleveland State Community College.
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The Commons Project consists of five newly constructed residence houses, five renovated residence houses, and the Commons Center on Vanderbilt's Peabody campus. The Commons is the foundation of Vanderbilt University ’s College Halls System, a residential college program. This project has become a touchstone for collaborative environmental initiatives of all types and has made The Commons a showcase of sustainability and a model for comprehensive environmental responsibility on a college campus. LEED certification of new and renovated buildings, attractive and energy-saving building features, waste reduction and recycling programs, use of alternative fuels, selection of recycled and renewable materials and educational demonstrations for each of these items are incorporated into every aspect of life at The Commons. Exposing all of Vanderbilt’s first-year students to the sustainable features of The Commons will help disseminate these concepts, wherever these students go, for decades to come.