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Little, Pinker and Zimmer to discuss global challenges at Chancellor’s Lecture

Nov. 27, 2019—by Ann Marie Deer Owens Nov. 20, 2019, 9:36 AM A cognitive psychologist and two investigative writers—all of whom are noted for their deep focus on the future of our planet—will come together for a Chancellor’s Lecture Series event at Vanderbilt University on Dec. 3. Amanda Little, Steven Pinker and Carl Zimmer will sit down with moderator Jon Meacham to consider “2020 and...

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Al Gore leads off 24 Hours of Reality climate crisis events at Vanderbilt

Nov. 22, 2019—by Ann Marie Deer Owens Nov. 22, 2019, 12:34 PM During former Vice President Al Gore’s presentation at Vanderbilt University on the global climate crisis and solutions, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate said he remains optimistic about policy change—given not only the economics of renewable energy but also the determination he has observed in “the voices, the...

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Division of Administration issues FutureVU progress report

Nov. 22, 2019—Sustainable building and landscape projects, safety and accessibility improvements and transportation and mobility accomplishments are just a few of the many achievements outlined in the first FutureVU progress report, released online by the Division of Administration. FutureVU is the overarching campus planning process that considers core themes including connectivity and community enhancement, diversity and inclusion,...

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Annual Commons Unplugged Week Celebrates Sustainability

Oct. 29, 2019—The sixth annual Commons Unplugged environmental awareness week, from Sunday, November 3 to Saturday, November 9 will celebrate sustainability, natural resource conservation and energy conservation through various events focusing on Vanderbilt’s first-year student population. These events are presented by The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, in partnership with the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, the School for Science and...

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Al Gore to hold ‘24 Hours of Reality’ global climate crisis presentation at Vanderbilt

Oct. 28, 2019—Former Vice President Al Gore will return to Vanderbilt University Nov. 20 for a global conversation on the climate crisis and its solutions. The presentation—part of a worldwide event called “24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action,” led by Gore and The Climate Reality Project, which he founded and chairs—will be in partnership with the Vanderbilt...

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Suzanne Herron wins title of Greenest Group on Campus

Oct. 24, 2019—Suzanne Herron, the sustainability coordinator for Campus Dining, has been named the 2019 Greenest Commodore on Campus. Suzanne’s achievement was celebrated at the Vanderbilt vs. Missouri Homecoming game on Oct. 19 with a catered tailgate event, tickets to the game, a special prize of Vandy merchandise, and an on-field award presentation. Accepting the award on...

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Sustainability efforts must address social inequalities first, environmental justice scholar says

Oct. 7, 2019—Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, spoke to Vanderbilt community members Oct. 1 in the Wyatt Center Rotunda. (Susan Urmy/Vanderbilt) Robert Bullard, an award-winning author and distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University, described the economic and racial disparities inherent in environmental...

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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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West End Neighborhood transforms with new green spaces

Sep. 26, 2019—The Vanderbilt community can now enjoy new green spaces in the West End Neighborhood following a year of construction in the area. Photo of the West End Neighborhood before construction. (Vanderbilt University Once covered with asphalt and concrete, the newly transformed Green and Kensington Promenade now feature fresh landscaping as well as pedestrian- and bike-friendly...

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Vanderbilt celebrates PARK(ing) Day

Sep. 23, 2019—Faculty, staff and students participated in PARK(ing) Day—an internationally recognized event that features parking spaces turned into “pocket parks”—on Sept. 20. This year’s park focused on transportation and sustainability efforts underway on campus. The area in front of the Law School along 21st Avenue South was transformed into an outdoor space featuring hammocks, games, displays and giveaways. Members of...

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