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Submission Date March 5, 2021

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Vanderbilt University
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Chelsea Hamilton
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) was established to guide and support the university’s progress towards its comprehensive long-term sustainability strategy. The Council will apply diverse viewpoints, varied expertise and a collective mindset to support the University in reaching its sustainability goals, including Vanderbilt’s carbon neutrality pledge and commitment to achieve zero waste on campus by 2030. The Council will increase community engagement and inclusion as the university continues integrating and implementing the findings of its recent sustainability planning studies, such as the FutureVU study, BlueSky Energy Vision Study, the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study and the Zero Waste Study.

The Environmental Advisory Committee (EAC) serves in an advisory capacity to the university administration in creating a comprehensive environmental management program for Vanderbilt University. The committee will advise, develop and promote practices and policies that maximize environmental performance for institutional 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. The environmental management and sustainability program will include a comprehensive environmental management system which will assess environmental impacts, develop and track measures of our progress and consider and recommend campus-wide short and long-term environmental goals.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

SAC:
• Robert Kell – student – Divinity Student Association
• Joshua Passantino – student – Graduate Student Council
• Lauren Lankenau – student – Vanderbilt Bar Association
• James Sears – student – Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Association
• Sydney Juda – student – Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
• Martha McGee – student – Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility
• Veer Shah – student – Vanderbilt Student Government
• Jennifer Coen – student – Vanderbilt Student Government
• Liyan Shen – student – Multicultural Leadership Council
• Maureen Ubani – student – Black Cultural Center AmbassaDore
• Dr. Dan Morgan – faculty – Arts and Sciences
• Dr. Joreg Rieger – faculty – Divinity
• Dr. Florence Sanchez – faculty – Engineering
• Dr. Yolanda McDonald – faculty – Peabody
• Dr. Kathy Gould – faculty – School of Medicine
• Dr. Tyler Nelson – faculty – Blair
• Dr. Mark Cohen – faculty – Owen Graduate School of Management
• Dr. JB Ruhl – faculty – Law School
• Dr. David Hess – faculty – Environmental and Sustainability Studies
• Dr. George Hornberger – faculty – Vanderbilt Institute of Energy and the Environment
• Dr. Andre Churchwell – staff – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
• Steve Ertel– staff – Communications
• David Ter Kuille – staff –Business Services
• Eric Kopstain – staff – Division of Administration
• Erin Hafkenschiel – staff – Mobility & Transportation
• Mike Perez – staff – Facilities
• Kelli Fager – staff – Purchasing and Payment Services
• Geoff MacDonald – staff – Athletics
• Dr. Andrea George – staff – Sustainability and Environmental Management Office

EAC:
¥ Dr. James Clarke – faculty – Civil and Environmental Engineering
¥ Dr. Roger Chalkley – faculty – VUMC Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
¥ Dr. Kathy Friedman – faculty – Biological Sciences
¥ Dr. Steve Goodbred – faculty – Earth and Environmental Sciences
¥ Dr. Ron Schrimpf – faculty – Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
¥ Dr. Douglas Fisher – faculty – Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
¥ Dr. Joe Bandy – faculty – Sociology and Center for Teaching
¥ Steven Meranze – faculty – VUMC Department of Radiology
¥ Chris Vanags – faculty – School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt
¥ Dr. Andrea George – staff – Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
¥ Steve Gild – staff – Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
¥ Ruth Nagareda – staff – VU Compliance Officer
¥ Mark Petty – staff – Plant Operations
¥ Mike Perez – staff – VU AVC Facilities
¥ Eric Kopstain – staff – VU Vice Chancellor for Administration


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) was formed in January 2008. SEMO’s mission is to initiate, promote, coordinate, evaluate and encourage environmental management and sustainability initiatives that improve Vanderbilt’s impact on the community and environment.

The Mobility and Transportation Office supports the MoveVU strategic transportation and mobility plan that falls under the FutureVU comprehensive campus planning efforts. MoveVU goals align with FutureVU guiding principles to beautify the campus, preserve and enhance the park-like character people enjoy, create a walkable and sustainable campus and better connect areas of campus that feel disconnected. MoveVU calls for diversification of transportation options, reduction of the drive alone rate to campus that aligns with university goals to become carbon neutral, prioritization of pedestrian and micromobility, and improvement of accessibility.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
4.50

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Andrea George – Director SEMO, Steve Gild – EMS Compliance Manager SEMO, Chelsea Hamilton – Sustainability Outreach Coord. (SEMO), Erin Hafkenschiel – Exec. Dir. of Mobility, Michael Briggs – Assistant Dir. of Mobility

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Sustainability Advisory Council (SAC) was established to guide and support the university’s progress towards its comprehensive long-term sustainability strategy. The Council will apply diverse viewpoints, varied expertise and a collective mindset to support the University in reaching its sustainability goals, including Vanderbilt’s carbon neutrality pledge and commitment to achieve zero waste on campus by 2030. The Council will increase community engagement and inclusion as the university continues integrating and implementing the findings of its recent sustainability planning studies, such as the FutureVU study, BlueSky Energy Vision Study, the Large-Scale Renewable Energy Study and the Zero Waste Study.

Other Accomplishments:
● Announced carbon neutral and Net Positive + Resilience energy goals by 2050.
● Announced zero waste by 2030 goal
● Signed a landmark agreement with Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service to procure off-site large-scale renewable energy to help mitigate the campus’ greenhouse gas emissions.
● Launched the new Sustainability Leaders Program which uses community engagement and peer mentoring to foster a sustainable campus culture, improve sustainability literacy, improve interaction with sustainability initiatives such as Net Zero Energy and Zero Waste, and encourage and enable positive behavior change within campus, student, departmental, administrative, professional, residential, and other VU communities. Sustainability Leaders support Vanderbilt’s carbon neutrality by 2050 goal through culture change, education, peer mentoring, and facilitation of actionable goals.
● Received 2020 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council for the institution’s achievements in green building and its commitment to creating a healthy, sustainable future.
● Received the 2016 and 2018 TN Sustainable Transportation Award from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation;
● Ranked #21 on Princeton Review’s Green Colleges list in 2018
● Awarded a $4.5 million, three-year federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) grant
● Awarded multiple awards from Nashville PARK(ing) Days in 2017 and 2018
● Increased recycling in 2016 500% from 2007;
● Completed a $29 million conversion of the VU power plant to all natural gas fuel, eliminating coal use on campus in November 2014 and reducing power plant greenhouse gas emissions 25% in two years;
● Certified 21 projects under the environmental requirements of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program;
● Invested $8 million in energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings;
● Reduced overall greenhouse gas emissions by 18% per square foot between 2019 and 2017;
● Diverted 47% of waste from landfills;
● Recycled 5,813 tons of materials in 2018/2019
● Installed the first-ever solar hot water heater system on campus in 2016, saving 25% of the building’s natural gas use annually resulting in significant cost savings;
● Assisted Vanderbilt University and Medical Center in becoming the only certified Bike Friendly University in Nashville in 2015;
● Composted 132 tons of landscaping and leaf waste annually, which is reused as mulch;
● Retrofitted 900 showerheads on campus to low-flow, high-performance models saving 28 million gallons of water per year and over 3,500 bathroom fixtures conserving another 50 million gallons annually


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