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Large Scale Renewable Energy Study

The Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study was conducted with input from the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study Advisory Committee, a mix of diverse stakeholders on campus. A competitive process was used to identify an expert partner that worked with the university and advisory committee to determine the best future renewable energy strategy for Vanderbilt by evaluating the viability of potential options on the basis of key criteria that include financial, social and environmental benefits and risk mitigation.  The advisory committee kicked off in September 2017 and the university is currently exploring the potential options.

Advisory Committee Membership


Jennifer Bischoff, director of finance;

Paul Chinski, undergraduate student, SPEAR representative;

Jim Clarke, Chair of Environmental Advisory Committee, professor of civil and environmental engineering;

Ryan Connor, undergraduate student, VSG representative;

Fernanda Contreras, undergraduate student;

Andrea George, director, Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO);

Thushara Gunda, postdoctoral researcher CEE (through Nov 2017);

Debbie Janke (project manager), assistant vice chancellor for facilities strategic initiatives;

Ed Kinney, sourcing officer, procurement;

Mitch Lampley, director, facilities engineering and tech support;

Keith Loiseau, university architect, director of campus planning and construction;

Chris Lowe, attorney, Office of General Counsel;

Geoff MacDonald, head women’s tennis coach;

Mike Perez, chief facilities officer;

Mark Petty, assistant vice chancellor for plant operations;

Amy Shaw, postdoctoral candidate environmental engineering (starting Nov 2017);

Michael Vandenbergh, professor of law, Climate Change Research Network Director.


Jonathan Gilligan, associate professor, earth and environmental sciences;

George Hornberger, civil and environmental engineering (CEE).


Natalie Donovan, senior business analyst in facilities;

Ian Faucher, undergraduate student;

Chelsea Hamilton, outreach coordinator, SEMO.