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The FutureVU team has stepped into the spring semester focused on several ongoing projects and studies, all rooted in the initiative’s guiding principles, ensuring that the future growth and development of the campus aligns with Vanderbilt’s academic mission.
More than 1,600 faculty, students, staff, trustees and community members have been engaged in FutureVU planning activities or events since its official launch in fall 2015. Efforts last semester included multiple projects and events that underscored the initiative’s core values. Communications efforts also have ramped up with the launch of a new website and an expanded social media presence on YouTube and Instagram.
“Transparency and continued visibility are critical to the success of FutureVU,” Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain said. “As we move forward with ongoing studies and projects, our team is committed to collaborating and engaging with the entire campus and broader community.”
Ongoing initiatives and projects include:
- BlueSky Energy Vision Study: Launched in November 2017, this study will assess Vanderbilt’s comprehensive sustainability efforts and will result in a “Blue Sky Vision” with recommendations for an on-campus energy infrastructure that optimizes economic, social and environmental benefits. Particular focus will be placed on potential building sites and energy efficiency.
- Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study: Vanderbilt is studying options for renewable energy sources, including large-scale solar or wind farms located off campus. An advisory committee was formed in September 2017 and will deliver recommendations this semester.
- Accessibility: The Advisory Accessibility Task Force, formed last semester, continues to discuss criteria by which accessibility improvements should be considered and prioritized by the university.
- Mobility and transportation: A comprehensive strategy is in development to implement recommendations gathered by multiple campus stakeholders. The FutureVU team is continuing collaborative efforts with Vanderbilt Student Government to explore partnering with ride-share companies. Upcoming efforts include a pilot of a bike-share service.
- Pop-Up Efforts: The FutureVU team, along with the support of students and staff, will host more pop-up events this semester aimed at activating outdoor spaces on campus.
- Capital projects: Four new residential colleges will be constructed along West End Ave., including E. Bronson Ingram College, scheduled to open this fall. This project coincides with increased beautification efforts throughout the West End Neighborhood. Other building projects are in progress, including additions to the Divinity School and School of Nursing. In addition, initial capital planning efforts in the humanities and the College of Arts and Sciences along with the sciences and engineering have been launched. Study continues on graduate and professional student housing. More information about academic affairs capital projects can be found on the Office of the Provost website.