Vanderbilt has committed to striving to achieve the highest standards of sustainability through a process of environmental responsibility and accountability at every level of University activity. With regards to climate change, this commitment translates to actions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the university, departmental, and individual level. A few examples of these actions include:
- The completion of a university-wide GHG emissions inventory for each calendar year, beginning with 2005. These reports provide trending information for the development and implementation of future GHG emission reduction strategies. Annual updates capturing emissions from subsequent calendar years will be published.
- Adoption of an institutional Environmental Commitment Statement, which highlights the major areas of Vanderbilt’s environmental commitment and affirms Vanderbilt’s dedication to strive for the highest standards of sustainability through a process of environmental responsibility and accountability.
- A commitment to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building practices. Vanderbilt University has a total of 15 LEED-Certified building projects.
Certified: Chef James Bistro, One Hundred Oaks
Silver: Crawford House, Sutherland House, Gillette House, Benson Hall, Library Archives
Gold: The Commons Center, Stambaugh House, Hank Ingram House, Murray House, General Library, The Commons Center top floor build-out, VANTAGE laboratories, Warren and Moore Colleges
- ThinkOne, a campus-wide energy conservation campaign focused on energy-saving behaviors that individuals can take to reduce Vanderbilt’s energy consumption
- Investing in water and energy savings through retrofits, including the installation of water-conserving bathroom fixtures and energy efficient lighting systems.
- Improvements to commuter programs, including a ride match Web site, the launch of several van pools and the arrival of Zipcars on campus.
- Night set back programs to drastically adjust thermostats in the hours a building is not in use.
The major sources of emissions at Vanderbilt include purchased electricity; coal and natural gas use at the on-campus co-generation power plant; and commuter travel. These major sources present the most significant opportunities for improvements in Vanderbilt’s current carbon footprint. Suggestions on how the university community can take steps to reduce our energy consumption can be found at Vanderbilt’s ThinkOne Web site. Specific energy conservation information for patient care areas, research areas, offices and classrooms, and residence halls can also be found at ThinkOne and are a significant, no-cost first step in reducing Vanderbilt’s carbon footprint.
- 2013 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update, Published October 2014
- 2012 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update, Published October 2013
- 2011 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update, Published October 2012
- 2010 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update, Published October 2011
- 2005-2009 Updated Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Published October 2010
- 2005-2007 Original Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory
- Resources on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Carbon Footprint, and Climate Change
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