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Open Mind: Committed to showing our work

Oct. 21, 2019—Transparency keeps everyone informed so we can engage in meaningful debate and give input on actions, and it builds trust and teamwork by setting clear and consistent processes, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week's column.

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Peabody Neighborhood Project celebrates major milestone with ‘topping out’ ceremony

Oct. 11, 2019—Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Neighborhood project achieved a major milestone on Oct. 10 with the placement of the final steel structural beam in the new connector between the Home Economics and Mayborn buildings. The event included remarks from Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente and Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development Camilla P. Benbow. 

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Sustainability efforts must address social inequalities first, environmental justice scholar says

Oct. 7, 2019—Robert Bullard, an award-winning author and distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University, described the economic and racial disparities inherent in environmental issues before a packed audience in Wyatt Rotunda Oct. 1.

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E. Bronson Ingram College receives LEED Gold certification

Sep. 30, 2019—Vanderbilt’s E. Bronson Ingram College has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, making it Vanderbilt University's 21st LEED-certified new construction or renovation project since 2007.

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Open Mind: Cooperative teamwork is the key to impact

Sep. 23, 2019—What distinguishes Vanderbilt is the value the university community places on collegiality and cooperative teamwork, appreciating what others bring to the table when working on common goals, writes Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente in this week's column.

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Robert Bullard, ‘father of environmental justice,’ to give keynote lecture Oct. 1

Sep. 18, 2019—Robert Bullard, an award-winning author and Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University, will give a lecture to the Vanderbilt community on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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University eliminates single-use plastic water and soda bottles in operations on campus

Aug. 28, 2019—As part of its ongoing sustainability efforts, Vanderbilt University announced today it will eliminate all single-use plastic water and soda bottles in its operations throughout dining facilities, markets and vending machines on campus, saving more than 430,000 plastic bottles per year and over 1.7 million bottles during a graduating class’s four-year experience.

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Nashville legend teaches Vanderbilt students the art of ‘slow fashion’

Aug. 27, 2019—Vanderbilt students took a hands-on look at the history of fashion and sustainability with the help of Nashville fashion icon Manuel Cuevas, best known for creating couture "rhinestone cowboy" designs for Elvis, the Beatles, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and more.

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University partners with local organizations to salvage Manuel House architecture

Aug. 14, 2019—Vanderbilt University partnered with Nashville organizations Preservation Station and Project Return in its efforts to preserve a part of Nashville’s vibrant cultural history, the Manuel House.

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Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week Aug. 4-10

Aug. 7, 2019—Celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week Aug. 4-10 by taking advantage of the Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Medical Center Plaza.

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10 tips to save energy this summer

Jul. 31, 2019—As temperatures climb into the 90s and higher during the summer months, VU Plant Operations and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office are reminding faculty, staff and students to reduce energy consumption across campus.

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Fallen trees from summer storms given new life across campus

Jul. 30, 2019—In a partnership between FutureVU and Plant Operations, fallen and removed trees on campus are being given a second life for projects throughout campus.

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