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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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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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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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Vanderbilt Campus Dining boosts healthy options, sustainability

Aug. 9, 2018—More plant-based dining choices—like the “Impossible Burger” and “Cauliflower Steak”—and sustainable packaging are improvements that Vanderbilt Campus Dining customers can look forward to in the new school year. “Accelerating our goal to become a zero-waste environment while expanding our healthy food options are changes that we are excited about,” said David ter Kuile, executive director 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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Donation, recycling options expanded for Earth Friendly Move-Out

Apr. 30, 2018—Just in time for student Move-Out and spring cleaning of offices, donation and recycling locations on campus will be expanded until May 12. Earth Friendly Move-Out donation and recycling locations will be available until May 5 on the Martha Rivers Ingram Commons and until May 12 on the main campus. Donate The Office of Housing and Residential Education...

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Campus Dining wins 2018 Basketball “Greenest Group on Campus” award

Mar. 22, 2018—Vanderbilt Campus Dining has been named winner of the 2018 Vanderbilt Basketball Sustainability Competition. They celebrated their title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the Vanderbilt vs. Missouri February 27 game with a hospitality event and twenty tickets to the game, as well as in-game videoboard recognition. The sustainability competition, presented by Waste Management, Inc.,...

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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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