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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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FutureVU pop-up park to transform Central Neighborhood April 2-6

Apr. 2, 2018—Vanderbilt is turning its Central Neighborhood into an interactive pop-up park April 2-6. The site sits adjacent to Branscomb Quadrangle, the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center and the Engineering and Science Building. The park, created as part of FutureVU, is intended to activate this high-traffic outdoor space and provide opportunities for community events and recreational...

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Vanderbilt and ofo partner to bring dockless bike sharing to campus

Mar. 22, 2018—Kickoff event March 27 to feature bike demos and rider education As part of its ongoing mobility and transportation strategy, Vanderbilt University is launching a six-month pilot of a dockless bike-share program beginning Tuesday, March 27. The university is partnering with ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless bike-share company, to bring 100 bikes to campus. Rides...

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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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Amitav Ghosh to speak on ‘Commodities, Conflict and Climate Change’ April 4

Mar. 21, 2018—Read the Vanderbilt News story here. Acclaimed author Amitav Ghosh will examine how historical conflicts over resources in Asia have become a major driver of climate change in the Indian Ocean during an April 4 lecture hosted by Vanderbilt Asian Studies. The program is hosting the public talk as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration. Ghosh will address...

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Transit panel series continues; third installment features Kopstain, Getz

Mar. 20, 2018—More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the third transit forum presented by Vanderbilt this semester. The March 13 event featured Eric Kopstain, vice chancellor for administration; Macolm Getz, associate professor of economics; and other experts who provided insights about Nashville’s proposed transit plan. The event, titled “Additional Perspectives of the Nashville Transit Plan” was hosted...

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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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Symposium suggests ways to make environmental regulations more palatable

Mar. 8, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. A panel of law and environmental experts will discuss making environmental regulations more palatable to conservatives by limiting where they’re enforced and moving responsibility from the federal level to state and local governments. Blake Hudson, law professor at the University of Houston, will present his paper “Relative Administrability, Conservatives, and Environmental Regulatory...

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‘Additional Perspectives on the Nashville Transit Plan’ set for March 13

Mar. 8, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. The Office of Community, Neighborhood & Government Relations and the Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) invite the Vanderbilt community to attend a lunch-and-learn panel discussion about the future landscape of Nashville as well as the impact of mobility on land use at Vanderbilt. “Additional Perspectives on the Nashville Transit Plan,” part...

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Vanderbilt experts showcase research at second transit forum

Feb. 28, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. Approximately 110 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the second transit forum presented by Vanderbilt this semester. The forum, held Feb. 23 at the Student Life Center, featured a panel of Vanderbilt professors sharing research that brought further context to Nashville’s proposed transit plan. The event, titled “The Nashville Transit...

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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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Davidson County Long-Term Zero Waste Master Plan Survey

Feb. 15, 2018—Metro Nashville Public Works and Davidson County Solid Waste Region Board are working to create a long-term Solid Waste Master Plan with the ultimate goal of achieving zero waste to landfill in the future! The purpose of the Master Plan is to evaluate Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County’s existing waste management system and provide options...

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Panel discussion on Nashville Transit Plan set for Feb. 23

Feb. 15, 2018—Read the MyVU story here. The Office of Community, Neighborhood & Government Relations and Vanderbilt Center for Transportation and Operational Resiliency (VECTOR) invite the Vanderbilt community to attend a lunch-and-learn panel discussion about the proposed Nashville Transit Plan. The event will feature diverse perspectives from research by Vanderbilt faculty members on emerging technologies that could disrupt or enable future...

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Transit forum draws capacity crowd; next forum scheduled for Feb. 23

Feb. 1, 2018—Read the MyVU story by Melanie Moran | Feb. 1, 2018, 9:45 AM More than 100 students, faculty, staff and community members attended a campus forum Jan. 30 to learn more about the proposed transit plan for Nashville. (Steve Green / Vanderbilt) A standing room only crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members filled the multipurpose...

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