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Vanderbilt wins PARK(ing) Day awards from Nashville Civic Design Center

Oct. 10, 2018—Read the MyVU article here. Vanderbilt University was recognized by the Nashville Civic Design Center for its participation in PARK(ing) Day 2018. The university won the “Best Use of Space” award and “Golden Phone” award for the most text-in votes by visitors. “I am so proud of this team,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration....

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Hafkenschiel to lead new university transportation office

Oct. 2, 2018—Erin Hafkenschiel Read the myVU story here.  Erin Hafkenschiel has been appointed executive director of mobility in the Division of Administration effective Oct. 1. Reporting to Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain, Hafkenschiel will lead and oversee FutureVU mobility and transportation efforts at Vanderbilt. “Erin’s experience in sustainable mobility strategy is remarkable,” said Kopstain. “She knows the city,...

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Are YOU the greenest group on campus?

Sep. 28, 2018—Waste Management, Inc., the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), and VU Athletics, are looking for the greenest group on campus during this year’s Vanderbilt Football Sustainability competition. Your group could win a catered VIP hospitality event, 25 tickets to the game, and on-field recognition at the Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss football game on...

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Campus celebrates PARK(ing) Day

Sep. 25, 2018—Read the myVU story here.  Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members enjoyed Vanderbilt’s “parklet” during last week’s PARK(ing) Day 2018. Hosted by the Division of Administration and supported by the Nashville Civic Design Center, 18 parking spaces located at the corner of Broadway and 20th Avenue were transformed into a temporary park highlighting sustainable features and materials...

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Chancellor’s Charter explores sustainability across Nashville

Sep. 20, 2018—Read the MyVU story here.  Faculty, staff and students joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos last week on a Chancellor’s Charter tour to explore sustainability, a fundamental FutureVU guiding principle and initiative. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt University) Designed to focus on community engagement and lifelong education, the Chancellor’s Charter tours take place throughout the year and examine significant values, themes and topics...

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University’s bike-share pilot wins TN Sustainable Transportation Award

Sep. 19, 2018—  Read the myVU story here. Vanderbilt University’s pilot of the bike-sharing service ofo has won a Tennessee Sustainable Transportation Award from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. TDEC presented the award to university representatives on Sept. 18. “We are honored to be recognized by the state for our efforts in sustainability,” said Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor...

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Campus community invited to PARK(ing) Day on Sept. 21

Sep. 12, 2018—The Division of Administration invites the campus community to participate in and enjoy PARK(ing) Day 2018. The university’s park, comprising 18 parking spaces located at the corner of Broadway and 20th Avenue, will highlight aspects of FutureVU and its guiding principles. The park will feature sustainable features and materials and demonstrate how land used for parking...

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Facilities invests in sustainable technologies across campus

Sep. 12, 2018—The Division of Administration’s Facilities department has invested in two new sustainable technologies for the 2018-19 academic year. Integrating sustainable practices throughout campus is a fundamental element of FutureVU. Seven Bigbelly solar-powered compacting trash cans and recycling bin units were installed around Rand Hall and one at the new Hank Ingram VandyVans shelter. The units...

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Vanderbilt to offer dockless bike and scooter options on campus

Sep. 5, 2018—Read the myVU story here. Following Metro Nashville’s ordinance establishing a one-year pilot to allow dockless bike, electric bike and electric scooter companies to operate in Nashville, Vanderbilt will allow the same companies that obtain Metro certificates and also agree to Vanderbilt-specific guidelines to operate on campus starting Sept. 6. “We worked closely with Metro on...

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FutureVU lecture and visioning session focuses on sustainability

Aug. 31, 2018—More than 150 community members participated in a two-day series of events focusing on FutureVU’s BlueSky Vision, the university’s strategic planning and implementation initiative to re-envision campus energy infrastructure. Jason F. McLennan In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, the Division of Administrationhosted consulting partners from HDR, McLennan Design and Integral Group for the second planned visioning...

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First sustainable, app-based VandyVans shelter launched

Aug. 29, 2018—Read the MyVU Story here. Students can now follow their VandyVans route and van in real time at the new shelter located at the Hank Ingram stop near The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. Designed by undergraduates in the School of Engineering* and partially funded through the Vanderbilt Green Fund, which provides seed funding for student ideas that improve...

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Earth Friendly Move-In

Aug. 13, 2018—Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus soon! While moving in to your room or your office, please try to minimize waste and recycle. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film wrapping. SustainVU will also host...

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FutureVU lecture: Jason McLennan on ‘The Power of Transformative Goals’ Aug. 27

Aug. 13, 2018—Please note GME credits are available for attending. Read more here. 

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining boosts healthy options, sustainability

Aug. 9, 2018—More plant-based dining choices—like the “Impossible Burger” and “Cauliflower Steak”—and sustainable packaging are improvements that Vanderbilt Campus Dining customers can look forward to in the new school year. “Accelerating our goal to become a zero-waste environment while expanding our healthy food options are changes that we are excited about,” said David ter Kuile, executive director of...

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Vanderbilt engineers’ smart grid platform joins new Linux Foundation energy project

Jul. 27, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt Engineering story here. Vanderbilt University is the first academic partner to join a new effort by The Linux Foundation to advance open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors, contributing both deep expertise and a platform for smart grid applications LF Energy also has support from Europe’s largest transmission power systems provider, a network...

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