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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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Earth Friendly Move-In

Jul. 27, 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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Renovated Eskind Library meets LEED Certification

Jul. 24, 2018—The Annette and Irwin Eskind Family Biomedical Library and Learning Center opened July 18 after a yearlong, $12.9 million renovation with infrastructure improvements and updates to support the continuing evolution of medical education. The construction project was designed to incorporate the university’s research, learning and teaching goals and includes features that complement the School of Medicine’s...

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Safe solid-state lithium batteries herald ‘paradigm shift’ in energy storage

Jul. 20, 2018—The race to produce safe, powerful and affordable solid-state lithium batteries is accelerating and recent announcements about game-changing research using a solid non-flammable ceramic electrolyte known as garnet has some in the race calling it revolutionary. “This is a paradigm shift in energy storage,” said Kelsey Hatzell, assistant professor of mechanical engineering. A paper –...

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SCUP Tour showcases FutureVU Plans and Progress

Jul. 20, 2018—The Division of Administration hosted over 50 architects, designers and higher-education leaders from the Society for College and University Planning on July 16 to showcase Vanderbilt’s FutureVU vision and progress across campus. “Inviting these industry leaders on campus to see, touch and learn about the innovative work being done at Vanderbilt is an honor,” said Mike Perez, associate vice chancellor...

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Vandy Walks Sustainability Tour of Campus

Jul. 11, 2018—A guided tour of Vanderbilt’s sustainable campus features will be given on July 17th, 2018 for this month’s Vandy Walks Tour. The tour group will meet at Rand Terrace and will be from 12-12:45pm. Chelsea Hamilton and Paul Marshall will lead participants through tour spaces including the Rand Hall green roof and LEED-certified Warren/Moore Colleges...

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Urban Green Lab, VU, & Partners Launch Statewide Curriculum to Inspire Sustainable Living, Prevent Waste in Cities

Jul. 10, 2018—Read the Urban Green Lab announcement here. NASHVILLE, TN (July 10, 2018) — Urban Green Lab, in partnership with Vanderbilt University, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation, trained 30 Metro Nashville teachers today as part of a first-ever statewide curriculum aimed at training teachers how to integrate sustainable living...

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Remember to power down before leaving for the holiday!

Jul. 2, 2018—Let the fireworks be the only thing lighting up the sky this holiday weekend! Don’t forget to power down before you leave the office for your holiday week or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with the hot temperatures. The planet, and Vanderbilt’s and your energy bill, will thank you for it....

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Good Day Sunshine: Vanderbilt alumni pour their energy into solar power

Jun. 29, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine article here. By Michael Blanding Matt Kisber, president and CEO of Silicon Ranch, at the solar farm his company constructed for Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee (JOE HOWELL) After more than three decades in Tennessee state politics, Matt Kisber, BA’82, was ready for a change. His family had owned a chain of...

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Farm to Table: Peabody’s Knapp Farm was an early experiment in sustainability

Jun. 22, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine Story here. Peabody College’s Knapp Farm featured a dairy barn housing what was likely the first herd of purebred Holstein cows in the South. Vanderbilt Special Collections and University Archives. Sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years, used to describe everything from economics to transportation. But at its root, the concept...

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Second ‘Making Nashville Living Building Ready’ event June 21

Jun. 13, 2018—The Living Building Challenge is described as a “philosophy, certification and advocacy tool for projects to become truly regenerative.” The second in a local series of focused discussions about the Living Building Challenge is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium in Featheringill Hall. The event will be a case study of...

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“These could revolutionize the world” — Pint cracks code to cheap, small carbon nanotubes

May. 25, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. Imagine a box you plug into the wall that cleans your toxic air and pays you cash. That’s essentially what Vanderbilt University researchers produced after discovering the blueprint for turning the carbon dioxide into the most valuable material ever sold – carbon nanotubes with small diameters. Cary Pint (Vanderbilt University)...

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