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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 March 26-27 to generate bold and creative approaches for reducing the university's carbon footprint.

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Vanderbilt and ofo partner to bring dockless bike sharing to campus

Mar. 22, 2018—As part of its ongoing mobility and transportation strategy, Vanderbilt is launching a six-month pilot of a dockless bike-share program beginning Tuesday, March 27. The kickoff event will feature bike demos, rider education and giveaways.

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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, which outlines the university's environmental impact in 2016.

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Spinach protein and blackberry dye give juice to biohybrid solar cells

Feb. 23, 2018—Combining a natural dye from blackberries with photosynthetic proteins extracted from spinach leaves increases the voltage of biohybrid solar cells by a factor of 20.

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New recyclable resin makes wind turbines much more sustainable

Feb. 15, 2018—New composite materials make wind energy even greener by making the turbines themselves recyclable.

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FutureVU begins spring semester by continuing efforts to engage campus community

Jan. 25, 2018—The FutureVU team is providing key project updates to kick off a busy spring semester.

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Vanderbilt Campus Dining focuses on sustainability

Jan. 10, 2018—Vanderbilt Campus Dining has implemented several initiatives in recent months that will lessen the university’s environmental impact and enhance its overall dining program.

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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for the holidays

Dec. 18, 2017—Remember to power down before you leave the office or your home for an extended period over the holidays. Your reductions in energy use can have a large impact when aggregated across the entire university.

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‘Green Roof Day’ to highlight FutureVU sustainability efforts Nov. 29

Nov. 27, 2017—FutureVU and SEMO are hosts of this event, in which participants must photograph themselves at all five green roofs on campus to win prizes. The Nov. 29 event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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WilSkills named 2017 football ‘Greenest Group on Campus’

Nov. 10, 2017—WilSkills, Vanderbilt’s student-led wilderness skills course, was named winner of the 2017 Vanderbilt Football Sustainability Competition. The group celebrated its title of “Greenest Group on Campus” at the home football game Nov. 4.

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Vanderbilt joins Menus of Change University Research Collaborative

Nov. 1, 2017—The collaborative is a working group of leading scholars, food service business leaders and executive chefs from invited colleges and universities who are accelerating efforts to move Americans toward healthier, more sustainable plant-forward diets.

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Zeppos engages campus community about FutureVU core values, next steps

Oct. 19, 2017—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday featuring key updates about FutureVU. The topics of accessibility, mobility and transportation, and sustainability were highlighted.

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