Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Chelsea Hamilton
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Vanderbilt University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
-- Reporter Chelsea Hamilton
Sustainability Outreach Coordinator
Sustainability and Environmental Management Office
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE)


Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:
Yes

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Clean Air Partnership of Middle TN


Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Vanderbilt presented it’s the conversion of its power plant from coal to natural gas at the NACUBO annual conference. Vanderbilt provided a poster of the conversion that highlighted the environmental impacts of the conversion and the additional benefits to the university.


Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

Vanderbilt University is the recipient of the 2016 Sustainable Transportation Award presented jointly by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). Vanderbilt’s Alternative Transportation program, a collaboration of the Office of Traffic and Parking, VUMC Parking and Transportation Services, and the Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO), was awarded the top prize at the Sustainable Transportation Forum at theUniversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga on May 13. The award was presented by Bob Martineau (TDEC commissioner), Dr. Shari Meghreblian (TDEC deputy commissioner), and Toks Omishakin (TDOT deputy commissioner), and Dr. Andrea George, SEMO director, accepted the award on behalf of Vanderbilt University.


Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:
Yes

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Advisory Council – Andrea George VU Member


Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:
Yes

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

VU Facilities staff have acted as peer mentors to Notre Dame’s sustainability and facilities programs for the past several years. This has included onsite review, recommendations, and data evaluation.


Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the peer review activities:

VU Facilities staff have acted as peer mentors to Notre Dame’s sustainability and facilities programs for the past several years. This has included onsite review, recommendations, and data evaluation.


A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Vanderbilt University’s Sustainability Director, Furman University’s Sustainability Director, and Davidson College’s Sustainability Director collaborated to host a 2 hour formal networking session at the 2016 AASHE conference entitled “Bless Your Heart: Southeastern Sustainability directors Networking Session.” More than 50 participants engaged in a lively dialogue and idea exchange on the topics of sustainability and race, religion, politics, climate change, and culture.


Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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