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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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Third ‘Making Nashville Living Building Ready’ event is Jan. 31

Jan. 24, 2019—The Living Building Challenge is described as a “philosophy, certification and advocacy tool for projects to become truly regenerative.” The third in a local series of focused discussions about the Living Building Challenge is scheduled for Jan. 31, 5:00 p.m. in Featheringill Hall 134 and will address the challenges of creating a Living Building in Music City. The event will be...

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SEMO in search of ‘greenest’ group on campus

Jan. 23, 2019—Waste Management Inc., the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) and Vanderbilt Athletics are looking for the greenest group on campus for this year’s Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. The winning group will be awarded: On-court recognition at the March 6 game against Arkansas A catered VIP hospitality event in a private suite 20 tickets to the game Entries should...

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Pioneering Vanderbilt School of Nursing building designed with health in mind

Jan. 21, 2019—Written by Nancy Wise Health and well-being inform every part of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s new $23.6 million building expansion, opening Jan. 22. The expansion, which broke ground in 2017, was designed to target LEED Gold and WELL Silver certification. Once the certification process concludes, the university anticipates that this building will be the first complete, ground-up structure in...

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Engineering and Science building recognized for green design

Jan. 17, 2019—The Engineering and Science Building has been awarded LEED Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, status is the rating system used to rank buildings of all types as certified, silver, gold or platinum based on the building’s environmental and cost-saving green features. “Receiving gold status shows...

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Vanderbilt Green Fund applications open

Jan. 9, 2019—The Vanderbilt Green Fund application for 2019 projects is now open until January 21st. The Vanderbilt Green Fund, established in 2011 by members of Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG), is a fund set aside for sustainability projects proposed by students or faculty. This student-run process awards $150,000 to...

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Carbon labeling can reduce greenhouse gases even if it doesn’t change consumer behavior

Jan. 2, 2019—by Liz Entman Dec. 19, 2018, 4:20 PM In a new commentary piece published Dec. 18 in Nature Climate Change, Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law and director of the Climate Change Research Network, examines how carbon labeling can help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a variety of ways. The article, “From Myths to Action,”...

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Don’t Forget to Power Down Before Leaving for Winter Break!

Dec. 18, 2018—Please remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over Winter Break. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university. Here are some things you can do to help conserve energy while you are away: Turn off lights in...

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