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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for July 4 holiday

Jun. 28, 2019—VU Plant Operations and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office are reminding faculty, staff and students to power down before leaving the office or home for the July 4 holiday. Small, collective efforts can have a large impact across the entire university. To help conserve energy, follow these tips: Turn off lights in your workspace when you leave, even...

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Engineering and Science Building, Eskind Biomedical Library designated LEED Gold by USGBC

Jun. 26, 2019—by Jalen Blue Jun. 26, 2019, 9:36 AM U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam presented Vanderbilt with a plaque designating the university’s Engineering and Science Building and Eskind Biomedical Library with LEED Gold status at a community-wide gathering on Tuesday afternoon in the Engineering and Science Building lobby. “It is an honor for Vanderbilt to...

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Petal project at Vanderbilt expands Living Building foothold in Southeast

Jun. 26, 2019—By Ken Edelstein on June 25, 2019 The second Living Building Challenge project on a college campus in the Southeast is well underway but still half a year from completion. The 88,000-square-foot rehabilitation and expansion of two century-old buildings at Vanderbilt University in Nashville is seeking Petal Certification, a track allowing partial fulfillment of the rigorous Living Building...

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Campus community invited to ceremony recognizing Vanderbilt for sustainable building practices

Jun. 21, 2019—This 250,000-square-foot structure is home to both the Engineering and Science Building, which includes laboratories, classrooms and a state-of-the-art clean room, and Vanderbilt’s Innovation Pavilion, which includes the Wond’ry and its makerspace. (Daniel DuBois/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt will be recognized for its sustainable building efforts on Tuesday, June 25, when the U.S. Green Building Council President and...

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Vanderbilt hosts ‘food-scrap’ cooking competition to reduce food waste

Jun. 12, 2019—Chef Stephen Gitschlag led the Vanderbilt team in the “food scrap” cooking competition (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University) Four Nashville chefs and their teams—including one from Vanderbilt Campus Dining—competed at E. Bronson Ingram College June 10 to create high-quality dishes from food scraps. The James Beard Foundation and Nashville Food Waste Initiativeco-sponsored the friendly competition to raise...

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Farmers’ Market back on hospital plaza every Thursday through October

Jun. 5, 2019—The Nashville Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market at Vanderbilt University Medical Center returns Thursday, June 6, and will be held every Thursday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. through Oct. 31. Vendors will set up on the north end of the Medical Center Plaza, and among the offerings will be local meats, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, seafood, honey...

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Public meetings scheduled on proposed changes to WeGo Public Transit

Jun. 5, 2019—WeGo Public Transit is hosting a series of meetings to record public feedback about proposed strategic service reductions and a fare increase for the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1. These proposed changes are in response to an $8.7 million operating budget deficit for the next fiscal year. The proposed service reductions would be a...

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Vanderbilt recognized for social media engagement during city’s Commuter Challenge

May. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt University was recognized for its social media engagement by Nashville Connector’s Commuter Challenge. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Presented by Mayor David Briley on May 21, Ashley Majewski, coordinator for the vice chancellor of administration, accepted the award on behalf of the university. The university’s participation and social media engagement raised awareness and engagement during Transit Month...

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Sustainability Efforts for Commencement

May. 7, 2019—by Heidi Hall May. 1, 2019, 2:34 Vanderbilt’s Class of 2019 will party with a purpose, hear from a woman who changed tennis forever and bid farewell to the university’s eighth chancellor, Nicholas S. Zeppos, who will deliver his final Commencement address at its greenest graduation ceremony. An expected 1,701 undergraduates and 2,125 graduate students will celebrate at events...

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Earth Friendly Move Out Donation and Recycling

May. 6, 2019—Just in time for student Move-Out and spring cleaning of offices, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded until May 12. Earth Friendly Move-Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 12 on the main campus. Donate The Office of Housing and Residential Education (OHARE) will have multiple donation locations set up across campus that benefit...

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What’s On My Mind: Sustaining and scaling Vanderbilt’s environmental stewardship

Apr. 26, 2019—Earlier this week, Vanderbilt announced a long-term strategy that will shape our course, affect our daily lives and improve our collective future. We have pledged to power our campus entirely through renewable energy, and to be carbon neutral, by 2050. Better yet, we are committed to generating more renewable energy than we consume. Through the collaborative...

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Vanderbilt outlines major plans to reduce environmental footprint

Apr. 22, 2019—University will power its campus entirely through renewable energy and commits to carbon neutrality by 2050 Vanderbilt University today unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)...

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Impossible Burger has 89% smaller carbon footprint than beef

Mar. 29, 2019—Vanderbilt Campus Dining added the Impossible Burger to its menu fall of 2018. Doing so provided a vegetarian alternative to the hamburger and reduced the overall carbon foot print of the school, which is in alignment with our commitment to the Menus of Change University Resource Collaborative Initiative. A new study has found that the...

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TVA to present Integrated Resource Plan at Vanderbilt March 21

Mar. 15, 2019—The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will be presenting and taking comments on the Draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at Vanderbilt on March 21. The plan provides direction on how TVA can best deliver reliable and affordable energy in the Valley over the next 20 years, and the associated Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) looks at...

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Safety remains top priority as electric scooter use increases

Feb. 20, 2019—Since the announcement of their arrival in Nashville in September, electric scooters have permeated campus streets and sidewalks. The university allows electric bike and scooter companies to operate on campus that have permission to operate in Nashville and have also agreed to Vanderbilt-specific guidelines. The guidelines include strict standards regarding staging of scooters, movement of scooters, and...

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