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Vanderbilt outlines major plans to reduce environmental footprint

Apr. 22, 2019—University will power its campus entirely through renewable energy and commits to carbon neutrality by 2050 Vanderbilt University today unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050. Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos (Daniel Dubois/Vanderbilt)...

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Holiday Greening Tips

Dec. 7, 2018—Want to reduce your impact this holiday season? Here are a few tips from SustainVU’s Holiday Greening Guide to make your holiday a little greener this year. Office/Residence Hall/Home Energy Use Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from their residence halls, offices, classrooms or homes over the holidays should remember to shut...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gases emissions drop 12 percent per square foot, new sustainability report shows

Nov. 12, 2018—Vanderbilt University’s greenhouse gas emissions dropped 12 percent per gross square foot in the 2017-18 fiscal year. The findings are among those showcased in the annual sustainability report released today by the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office in the Division of Administration. Vanderbilt leaders are aligning sustainability efforts with the guiding principles of  FutureVU ,...

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Facilities invests in sustainable technologies across campus

Sep. 12, 2018—The Division of Administration’s Facilities department has invested in two new sustainable technologies for the 2018-19 academic year. Integrating sustainable practices throughout campus is a fundamental element of FutureVU. Seven Bigbelly solar-powered compacting trash cans and recycling bin units were installed around Rand Hall and one at the new Hank Ingram VandyVans shelter. The units...

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Earth Friendly Move-In

Aug. 13, 2018—Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus soon! While moving in to your room or your office, please try to minimize waste and recycle. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic film wrapping. SustainVU will also host...

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Wellcast: FutureVU and a Healthier You!

May. 18, 2018—Eric Kopstain, Vice Chancellor for Administration at Vanderbilt University, discusses FutureVU, the visionary land use planning initiative at Vanderbilt. He explains the goals of FutureVU and describes the many ways it is enhancing the health and wellness of faculty, staff, and students. Listen here.

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining focuses on sustainability

Jan. 11, 2018—On Jan. 3 and 4, Vanderbilt Campus Dining hosted a Forward Food training conducted by the Humane Society. (Vanderbilt University) As a leader in sustainability and a member of the Menus of Change collaborative, Vanderbilt Campus Dining has implemented several initiatives that will lessen the university’s environmental impact and enhance its overall dining program. Menus of Change/Forward...

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VU Facilities Donates Office Supplies to Local Charity

Jan. 3, 2018—Many Metro Nashville Public School students do not have the supplies that they need; however, Vanderbilt offices have found themselves with surplus supplies as we strive to go more fully digital to conserve resources. SEMO, the VU ReUse Surplus Program, and VU Plant Operations coordinated efforts to donate supplies to LP Pencil Box, a charity...

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Holiday Greening Tips

Dec. 8, 2017—Want to reduce your impact this holiday season? Here are a few tips from SustainVU’s Holiday Greening Guide to make your holiday a little greener this year. Office/Residence Hall/Home Energy Use Vanderbilt students, faculty and staff who are going to be away from their residence halls, offices, classrooms or homes over the holidays should remember...

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Earth Friendly Move In

Jul. 31, 2017—Whether you’re a first-year or returning Commodore, we are excited to have you back on campus soon! While moving in to your room or your office, please try to minimize waste and recycle. Check out some tips below. The VU Cardboard Crew will assist first-year students at the Commons with recycling their cardboard, Styrofoam, and...

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