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‘Waste & Recycling’

Experience PARK(ing) Day Sept. 20

Sep. 10, 2019—The campus community is invited to experience PARK(ing) Day 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, in front of the Law School along 21st Avenue South. This year’s park will focus on transportation and sustainability efforts underway on campus. This is the third year that Vanderbilt is participating in the national PARK(ing)...

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Are you the Greenest Commodore on Campus?

Sep. 10, 2019—Waste Management has teamed up with FutureVU Sustainability to challenge Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff to show how they are being sustainable on campus. Recycling, composting, using a reusable water bottle, taking alternative transportation and using energy efficient products are all examples of the many ways you can be sustainable on campus SHOW US BY...

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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 eliminates single-use plastic water and soda bottles in operations on campus

Aug. 28, 2019—As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Vanderbilt University announced today it will eliminate all single-use plastic water and soda bottles in its operations throughout dining facilities, markets and vending machines. The collaborative effort—which involved the student organizations Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR) and Vanderbilt Student Government and will save more than 430,000 plastic...

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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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Earth Friendly Move In

Aug. 9, 2019—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 our office, 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 plastic film wrapping....

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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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Vanderbilt hosts ‘food-scrap’ cooking competition to reduce food waste

Jun. 12, 2019—Chef Stephen Gitschlag led the Vanderbilt team in the “food scrap” cooking competition (Joe Howell/Vanderbilt University) Four Nashville chefs and their teams—including one from Vanderbilt Campus Dining—competed at E. Bronson Ingram College June 10 to create high-quality dishes from food scraps. The James Beard Foundation and Nashville Food Waste Initiativeco-sponsored the friendly competition to raise...

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Sustainability Efforts for Commencement

May. 7, 2019—by Heidi Hall May. 1, 2019, 2:34 Vanderbilt’s Class of 2019 will party with a purpose, hear from a woman who changed tennis forever and bid farewell to the university’s eighth chancellor, Nicholas S. Zeppos, who will deliver his final Commencement address at its greenest graduation ceremony. An expected 1,701 undergraduates and 2,125 graduate students will celebrate at events...

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