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Universities should lead in developing solutions to global challenges, chancellor says

Nov. 19, 2015—Read the MyVU story here. Universities should be leaders in developing innovative solutions to the challenges facing our global society, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said Nov. 16 at the annual Global Action Summit. “Our mission is to serve humanity, and to do that, we have to look at the constellation of issues that face us...

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Vanderbilt researchers helping to build a futuristic, sustainable city

Nov. 11, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt Magazine story here. Bouncing along a red-dirt road peppered with a few terrifying embankments, a Vanderbilt delegation arrives at an empty hilltop meadow carpeted with prairie grass and cordoned off by a barbed-wire fence. Other than a few bored cows, the only cue indicating the destination is a lone sign reading “Sterling...

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Alumni Hall earns LEED Gold certification

Nov. 10, 2015—Read the Vanderbilt News Story here. Alumni Hall has received LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its recent renovation and addition. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. Alumni Hall, which was originally constructed...

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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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NACUBO members tour campus sustainability features

Jul. 22, 2015—Read the MyVU article here.   Vanderbilt University played host Monday to about 100 members of the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), which held its annual meeting in Nashville July 18-21. NACUBO represents more than 2,500 colleges, universities and higher education service providers across the country and worldwide. NACUBO members toured...

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Warren and Moore Colleges Earn LEED Gold Certification

Sep. 22, 2014—The new Warren and Moore Colleges, which include the Kissam Center, has received a LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the United States. “LEED has certainly raised the bar since being unveiled in 2000...

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Vanderbilt Engineering Students Prepare for 2015 Solar Decathlon

Sep. 17, 2014—Selected last spring for the 2015 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a team of Vanderbilt students is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville to build Harmony House. It’s a 1,000-square-foot, energy efficient, fully solar-powered home likely to be used as a test site for the housing nonprofit after the contest ends. “A lot of Solar...

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A Long-Term Vision

Aug. 26, 2014—Vanderbilt’s sustainability programs are discussed in the latest edition of Sustainable Business Magazine, the premiere platform for senior executives to share ways in which they are meeting 21st Century challenges.  You can read about our new College Halls, reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, conversion of Vanderbilt’s power plant to 100% natural gas, and much more....

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Hospital plaza set to undergo major restoration

Jul. 18, 2014—[Originally published by VUMC Reporter] After little change since its construction in 1977, one of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s most familiar landmarks, the plaza behind Vanderbilt University Hospital (VUH), is undergoing restoration. The VUH plaza is a major outdoor thoroughfare for tens of thousands of pedestrians each day, with its surface and existing architecture,...

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Trees to be relocated; recycled during construction of Engineering and Science Building

Jul. 7, 2014—[Originally published by MyVU] Signs and fencing have gone up at the corner of Highland and 25th avenues, the construction site for the new Engineering and Science Building. Additional preparation of the site will require the clearing in mid- to late-July of 66 trees so that land can be properly graded. Of that number, 42...

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