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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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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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University partners with local organizations to salvage Manuel House architecture

Aug. 21, 2019—(John Russell/Vanderbilt University) Vanderbilt University has partnered with Nashville organizations Preservation Station and Project Return in its efforts to preserve a part of Nashville’s vibrant cultural history, the Manuel House. The effort to salvage millwork from the Manuel House involved the University Facilities team working alongside Preservation Station, a local business that saves and resells recycled...

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Fallen trees from summer storms given new life across campus

Jul. 31, 2019—In a partnership between FutureVU and Plant Operations, fallen and removed trees on campus are being given a second life. Reused wood in the School of Nursing (Vanderbilt) Two trees that fell during June storms, a walnut tree that fell near the entrance of the Stevenson Center and a pecan tree that was uprooted from the lawn of...

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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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Petal project at Vanderbilt expands Living Building foothold in Southeast

Jun. 26, 2019—By Ken Edelstein on June 25, 2019 The second Living Building Challenge project on a college campus in the Southeast is well underway but still half a year from completion. The 88,000-square-foot rehabilitation and expansion of two century-old buildings at Vanderbilt University in Nashville is seeking Petal Certification, a track allowing partial fulfillment of the rigorous Living Building...

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Campus community invited to ceremony recognizing Vanderbilt for sustainable building practices

Jun. 21, 2019—This 250,000-square-foot structure is home to both the Engineering and Science Building, which includes laboratories, classrooms and a state-of-the-art clean room, and Vanderbilt’s Innovation Pavilion, which includes the Wond’ry and its makerspace. (Daniel DuBois/Vanderbilt) Vanderbilt will be recognized for its sustainable building efforts on Tuesday, June 25, when the U.S. Green Building Council President and...

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What’s On My Mind: Sustaining and scaling Vanderbilt’s environmental stewardship

Apr. 26, 2019—Earlier this week, Vanderbilt announced a long-term strategy that will shape our course, affect our daily lives and improve our collective future. We have pledged to power our campus entirely through renewable energy, and to be carbon neutral, by 2050. Better yet, we are committed to generating more renewable energy than we consume. Through the collaborative...

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