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Don’t forget to power down before leaving for July 4 holiday

Jun. 27, 2019—VU Plant Operations and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office are reminding faculty, staff and students to power down before leaving the office or home for the July 4 holiday. Small, collective efforts can have a large impact across the entire university.

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Engineering and Science Building, Eskind Biomedical Library designated LEED Gold by USGBC

Jun. 26, 2019—U.S. Green Building Council President and CEO Mahesh Ramanujam presented Vanderbilt with a plaque designating the university’s Engineering and Science Building and Eskind Biomedical Library with LEED Gold status at a community-wide gathering on Tuesday afternoon in the Engineering and Science Building lobby.

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Campus community invited to ceremony recognizing Vanderbilt for sustainable building practices

Jun. 21, 2019—Vanderbilt will be recognized for its sustainable building efforts on Tuesday, June 25, when the U.S. Green Building Council presents the university with a plaque designating the Engineering and Science Building and Eskind Biomedical Library with LEED Gold status. Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos will join Vice Chancellor for Administration Eric Kopstain for remarks beginning at 2 p.m.

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Vanderbilt hosts ‘food-scrap’ cooking competition to reduce food waste

Jun. 11, 2019—Four Nashville chefs and their teams—including one from Vanderbilt Campus Dining—competed at E. Bronson Ingram College to cook creatively while reducing food waste.

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Reusable water bottles and hydration stations to reduce plastic waste at Commencement

May. 7, 2019—As part of its sustainability initiative, Vanderbilt University will distribute 2,000 reusable water bottles and offer hydration stations for guests to fill their own reusable containers at its main Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.

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What’s On My Mind: Sustaining and scaling Vanderbilt’s environmental stewardship

Apr. 26, 2019—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos discusses Vanderbilt's new sustainability pledge—which strives to power the campus entirely through renewable energy and be carbon neutral by 2050—in this week’s column.

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Vanderbilt outlines major plans to reduce environmental footprint

Apr. 22, 2019—Vanderbilt University unveiled a comprehensive long-term strategy to significantly reduce its environmental footprint in part by powering its campus entirely through renewable energy, putting the university on track to be carbon neutral by 2050.

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Campus collaboration inspires children to create sustainable art

Mar. 8, 2019—The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office partnered with the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center to judge an “upcycled" art contest for VCFC students ages 1 through 5. 

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Tips for greening your holiday season

Dec. 10, 2018—Want to reduce your impact this holiday season? Here are a few tips from SustainVU’s Holiday Greening Guide to make your holiday a little greener this year.

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Vanderbilt greenhouse gas emissions drop 12 percent, new sustainability report shows

Nov. 14, 2018—Vanderbilt leaders in the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office and the Division of Administration are aligning sustainability efforts with the guiding principles of FutureVU, the university's land use planning initiative.

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Slay energy vampires this Halloween

Oct. 30, 2018—As little ghosts and ghouls prepare to come out in search of Halloween treats, be sure you don’t have any silent menaces lurking around your office or home tricking you into using extra energy.

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Life Phase Series: ‘Greening Your Home and Personal Life’

Oct. 18, 2018—Chelsea Hamilton, outreach coordinator for the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, will present “Greening Your Home and Personal Life” from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Medical Center North, Room C2209.

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