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Vanderbilt commits to first-of-its-kind renewable energy partnership with TVA, NES

Jan. 22, 2020—Silicon Ranch Corporation to build Bedford County solar farm to open in 2022 Vanderbilt University has entered into a pioneering agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service to procure off-site large-scale renewable energy to help mitigate the campus’ greenhouse gas emissions. The 20-year agreement will support Vanderbilt’s goal to power its campus entirely through renewable...

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Annual report on campus sustainability efforts now available

Jan. 20, 2020—Vanderbilt University greenhouse gas emissions have dropped 7 percent per square foot compared to FY17-18, and 18.5 percent compared to CY16. The finding is among those showcased in the annual sustainability report released today by FutureVU Sustainability in the Division of Administration. “The achievements highlighted in this report reflect the work of hundreds of faculty, staff and students in...

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Join FutureVU Sustainability Leaders and help foster a sustainable campus

Jan. 15, 2020—As part of Vanderbilt’s commitment to achieving zero waste by the year 2030, the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office is launching a new program—Sustainability Leaders—to improve sustainability outcomes on campus through culture change, education and the facilitation of actionable goals. Sustainability Leaders will act as peer mentors to foster a community that raises awareness of...

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Vanderbilt mechanical engineers earn top materials research awards

Dec. 20, 2019—Vanderbilt mechanical engineers took home top awards at the Dec. 6 meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston, Massachusetts. Kelsey Hatzell Mechanical engineering professor Kelsey Hatzell received the Materials Research Society Nelson “Buck” Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy. Hatzell was selected from more than 25 candidates for her research contributions to...

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

Dec. 11, 2019—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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E. Bronson Ingram College receives LEED Gold certification

Sep. 30, 2019—E. Bronson Ingram College (John Russell/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt’s E. Bronson Ingram College has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance sustainable buildings. Organizations must apply for the certification, which is recognized...

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Vanderbilt Divinity School expansion features water, wood and light

Sep. 6, 2019—Faculty, staff, students and friends gathered at the Vanderbilt Divinity School to witness the dedication and ribbon cutting for the school’s much anticipated new expansion. The $11.5 million three-year renovation project includes a 13,641-square-foot addition that is fully accessible and awash with natural light. The three-story addition has five new classrooms with smart technology, expanded and updated...

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10 tips for saving energy at Vanderbilt this summer

Jul. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt is one of the largest energy consumers in Middle Tennessee. As temperatures climb into the 90s and higher this summer, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to do their part to reduce energy consumption on campus. Small changes can produce big results when everyone does their part. When at work: Close window blinds in...

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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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