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SEMO reports dually to the Executive Director of VEHS and the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Plant Operations and is a part of the Facilities and Environmental Affairs component of the Division of Administration.


Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS)

VEHS provides a full spectrum of safety services and information to support the teaching, research, and patient care missions for Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Services include hospital and clinic safety, occupational safety and training, environmental waste management, fire safety and emergency management, biosafety, radiation safety, and sustainability and environmental management.

VU Plant Operations

Plant Operations provides facilities support for all construction, renovation, and routine maintenance of University Central space and facilities; housekeeping services for approximately 5.8 million square feet of academic, administrative, residential, and recreational space; grounds care for 330 acres that are a registered arboretum; turf care for athletic fields; and utilities for the University and Medical Center.

Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC)

The EAC serves in an advisory capacity to the university administration in creating a comprehensive environmental management program for Vanderbilt University. Meeting twice per academic year, the committee will advise, develop and promote practices and policies that maximize environmental performance for VU operations, research, academics, and patient care and will assist in complying with all relevant laws and regulations as well as promoting and integrating sustainability, stewardship, and resource conservation into activities and services. This committee is composed of faculty and administrative representatives and reports to the Vice-Chancellor for Administration.


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)

AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Their mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations. Membership in AASHE covers every individual at Vanderbilt, granting access to valuable educational, guidance, and planning resources online to anyone with a VUnetID.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy which works with more than 17,000 public and private sector organizations to improve the energy and financial performance of their business, manufacture products to meet Energy Star specifications, sell Energy Star labeled products to meet consumer demand for more environmentally friendly choices on store shelves, and promote Energy Star qualified products and homes.

American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)

ACORE is an organization of member companies and institutions that are dedicated to moving renewable energy into the mainstream of America’s economy, ensuring the success of the renewable energy industry while helping to build a sustainable and independent energy future for the nation.