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BlueSky visioning session lays foundation for carbon footprint reduction

Apr. 4, 2018—  Nearly 50 people attended Vanderbilt’s first BlueSky visioning session to generate bold and creative approaches for reducing the university’s carbon footprint. FutureVU launched the BlueSky Vision Energy Study in January to identify effective strategies for reducing carbon emissions on campus. Components of the study include, but are not limited to, local and off-site energy generation, utility...

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Redesigned sustainability report expands focus to include holistic environmental efforts

Mar. 15, 2018—Vanderbilt displays a new emissions baseline in a redesigned version of its annual sustainability report that outlines the university’s environmental impact in 2016. The university’s GHG emissions come from three evenly split sources. Natural gas for the on-campus power plant and individual buildings represents 31 percent; 33 percent is power purchased from Nashville Electric Service;...

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‘Dangers of Climate Change Denial’ topic of lecture March 20

Mar. 14, 2018—Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Pennsylvania State University, will discuss “The Dangers of Climate Change Denial” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room. The talk is free and open to the public. Mann, who serves as director of the Earth System Science Center...

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Expert: Private industry, better messaging can help overcome damage from Paris withdrawal

Jun. 5, 2017—Read the Research News @ Vanderbilt story here. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement phases out U.S. commitments to achieve carbon reduction targets and make financial contributions to slow climate change. It was a move environmentalists found disappointing, at best. But Vanderbilt University law and...

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Campus learns about land use plan at FutureVU Expo

Apr. 20, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. More than 800 students, staff, faculty and others stopped by the Wond’ry April 19 to learn about FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, and how the university’s built environment might change over the next 20-30 years. The FutureVU Expo featured interactive exhibits—including posters, diagrams, historic and current photographs, maps...

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FutureVU Expo slated for April 19

Apr. 6, 2017—Read the MyVU story here. Students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to explore FutureVU, Vanderbilt’s campus land use planning initiative, during a multimedia event on Wednesday, April 19. The FutureVU Expo at the Wond’ry is scheduled from 2:30 to 6 p.m. All members of the Vanderbilt community are invited to attend and learn...

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FutureVU enters spring semester with focus on inclusion, sustainability and transportation

Dec. 15, 2016—Read the MyVU story here. More than 650 faculty, students, staff and trustees have participated in FutureVU, the university’s land use planning process, since its launch this fall, with multiple working groups forming now to develop detailed recommendations in the spring. “I’m delighted with the rapid progress we are making as a community engaged in...

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Mobile Lab Ambassador Application Open

Nov. 29, 2016—Do you enjoy teaching others about sustainability? Are you looking to get some experience in education? Do you want to work with Nashville students in the coolest Mobile Laboratory around? If you answered yes to any of these, we need you! We are looking for two paid VU student ambassadors for the Mobile Lab for...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down 11 percent in one year

Oct. 26, 2016—To celebrate Campus Sustainability Month in October, Vanderbilt’s Facilities organization has released an updated inventory of the university’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for the past decade, 2005 to 2015. GHG emissions dropped 11 percent in one year and 27 percent from the 2008 peak. When Vanderbilt’s significant growth in square footage, students, patient care, and...

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions down almost 30 percent per square foot

Oct. 20, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions decreased by 18 percent from its peak in 2008 and by 13 percent overall from calendar years 2005 to 2014, according to the Vanderbilt Sustainability and Environmental Management Office’s latest annual GHG inventory. Taking into account Vanderbilt’s significant growth...

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