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Chancellor’s Charter explores sustainability across Nashville

Sep. 20, 2018—Read the MyVU story here.  Faculty, staff and students joined Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos last week on a Chancellor’s Charter tour to explore sustainability, a fundamental FutureVU guiding principle and initiative. (Anne Rayner/Vanderbilt University) Designed to focus on community engagement and lifelong education, the Chancellor’s Charter tours take place throughout the year and examine significant values, themes and topics...

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FutureVU lecture and visioning session focuses on sustainability

Aug. 31, 2018—More than 150 community members participated in a two-day series of events focusing on FutureVU’s BlueSky Vision, the university’s strategic planning and implementation initiative to re-envision campus energy infrastructure. Jason F. McLennan In collaboration with students, faculty and staff, the Division of Administrationhosted consulting partners from HDR, McLennan Design and Integral Group for the second planned visioning...

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FutureVU lecture: Jason McLennan on ‘The Power of Transformative Goals’ Aug. 27

Aug. 13, 2018—Please note GME credits are available for attending. Read more here. 

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Vanderbilt engineers’ smart grid platform joins new Linux Foundation energy project

Jul. 27, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt Engineering story here. Vanderbilt University is the first academic partner to join a new effort by The Linux Foundation to advance open source innovation in the energy and electricity sectors, contributing both deep expertise and a platform for smart grid applications LF Energy also has support from Europe’s largest transmission power systems provider, a network...

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Remember to power down before leaving for the holiday!

Jul. 2, 2018—Let the fireworks be the only thing lighting up the sky this holiday weekend! Don’t forget to power down before you leave the office for your holiday week or your home for any extended period this summer, especially with the hot temperatures. The planet, and Vanderbilt’s and your energy bill, will thank you for it....

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Good Day Sunshine: Vanderbilt alumni pour their energy into solar power

Jun. 29, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine article here. By Michael Blanding Matt Kisber, president and CEO of Silicon Ranch, at the solar farm his company constructed for Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee (JOE HOWELL) After more than three decades in Tennessee state politics, Matt Kisber, BA’82, was ready for a change. His family had owned a chain of...

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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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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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New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

Feb. 16, 2018—by Liz Entman | Feb. 15, 2018, 10:58 AM   It generally requires a great deal of time and energy to cure the type of resin that makes the 150-foot-wide fiberglass turbines strong and durable. When they finally wear out after 20 or 25 years, very little of the material can be recycled.Doug Adams, Distinguished Professor of...

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