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With the publication of the College Sustainability Report Card 2010, more than 1,100 school survey responses from over 300 institutions are now available online. In total, these surveys offer more than 10,000 pages of data collected from colleges and universities during the summer of 2009 . To access surveys from other schools, go to the  surveys section  of the website. To see grades, or to access additional surveys submitted by this school, please click the "Back to Report Card" link at the beginning or end of the survey.

 

Name: Andrea George

Title: Director of Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO)

Date survey submitted: July 23, 2009

 

ADMINISTRATION

 

SUSTAINABILITY POLICIES

1) Does your school have its own formal sustainability policy?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe and provide URL, if available: VU Environmental Commitment Statement.

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/

Full commitment statement released in April 2009 is available at

http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/pdf/vu_environmental_commitment_statement.pdf .

 

2) Has the president of your institution signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. If completed, please provide the date the GHG Report was submitted to the ACUPCC:

 

3) Has your institution signed the Talloires Declaration?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes

 

4) Is there a sustainability component in your institution's master plan and/or strategic plan (check all that apply)?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes, in the master plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

[ x ] Yes, in the strategic plan. Please describe and provide URL, if available:

Vanderbilt University has both an institution-wide Commitment to Safety, Health, and Environmental Protection and an institution-wide Environmental Commitment Statement. Individual planning departments also have sustainability components incorporated into their respective strategic plans.

 

ADVISORY COUNCIL

5) Does your school have a council or committee that advises on and/or implements policies and programs related to sustainability?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes

 

If you answered "No" to question 5, please proceed directly to question 11.

 

6) Please provide the name of the committee and list the number of meetings held since August 2008.

Name: Environmental Advisory Committee

Number of meetings: 3

 

7) Please provide number of stakeholder representatives on the committee.

[# 4 ] Administrators (J. Newbern, M. Petty, J. Manning, R. Nagareda)

[# 9 ] Faculty (J. Clarke; K. Friedman; G. Sulikowski; R. Ossof; M. Cohen; S. Goodbred; R. Schrimpf; C. Paschal; J. Ufnar)

[# 9 ] Staff (A. George; K. Browning; R. Wheaton; S. Gild; K. Warren; C. Stewart; M. Holmes; C. Lafevor; J. Hackett)

[# 0 ] Students

[# 0 ] Other. Please describe:

 

8) Please provide the name of the chair(s) of the committee for the 2009-2010 academic year, and indicate which stakeholder group the chair(s) represents.

If 2009-2010 academic year information is not yet available, please provide information for 2008-2009 instead.

Name of chair(s): James Clarke

Position(s) (e.g., administrator, faculty, staff, student): Faculty

 

9) To whom does the committee report (e.g., president, vice president)? Vice Chancellor for Administration

10) Please list key issues/programs that the committee has addressed or implemented since August 2008.

Key issues/programs that the group has addressed/implemented since August 2008: Institution-wide Environmental Commitment Statement and VU Baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report

 

Progress made on each of these issues since August 2008:

In August, a facilitated discussion involving the Environmental Advisory Committee supplemented by a number of interested students was held to define the core values that would comprise the Environmental Commitment Statement. From this discussion, a draft was issued which was then refined by a small

working group of members from the August discussion group. The Environmental Commitment Statement was endorsed by major campus representative and administrative bodies and organizations, such as the Faculty Senate, University Staff Advisory Council, Medical Center Staff Advisory Council, and Vanderbilt Student Government. The Environmental Advisory Committee chair provided input during the development of the VU baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory while the committee membership reviewed the final report. Vanderbilt University’s Environmental Commitment Statement was publicly released on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 in conjunction with the University’s Baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report; both are available at www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu .

 

SUSTAINABILITY STAFF

11) Does your school employ sustainability staff (excluding student employees and interns)?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide titles and number of sustainability staff.

[# 5 ] Number of full-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [Director, Recycling Coordinator, Sustainability Professional; Recycling Technician (2)]

[# 2 ] Number of part-time staff (in FTE). Titles: [0.5 FTE Senior Safety Office; 0.5 FTE Recycling Coordinator for Special Programs and Projects]

 

12) Does the head of the sustainability staff report directly to the president or another high-level administrator (e.g., vice president, vice chancellor)?

[ ] N/A

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

The Sustainability Director reports jointly to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Plant Operations and the Executive Director of Environmental Health and Safety.

 

OFFICE OR DEPARTMENT

13) Does your school have an office or department specifically dedicated to furthering sustainability on campus?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe (including name of office or department and year created): Sustainability and Environmental Management Office

The Sustainability and Environmental Management Office (SEMO) was formed in January 2008 and is a collaborative venture between VEHS and VU Plant Operations department. 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.

 

WEBSITE

14) Does your school have a website detailing its sustainability initiatives?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide URL: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu

 

GREEN PURCHASING

15) Does your school have a formal green purchasing policy?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to full policy, if available:

Procurement’s formal RFP template includes methodology for assessing vendors according to the following criteria: environmentally responsible practices, the use of post-consumer content and cradle-tocradle product design and production. Vanderbilt’s Sustainability Director is involved in reviewing RFPs and choosing vendors for major contracts such as office supplies, janitorial supplies, solid waste management, etc. Vanderbilt’s Procurement program offers numerous environmentally friendly products and product lines, which are designated as such to Procurement users. Examples include: recycled content office paper; Energy Star-rated appliances; recycled/remanufactured printer toner cartridges; green cleaning products; cradle-to-cradle certified furniture (“Answer” by Steelcase). Procurement also supports the promotion of local, small, disadvantaged and minority owned businesses.

 

16) Does your school purchase ENERGY STAR qualified products?

[ ] No

[ x ] Some. Please describe:

[ x ] All

Individual departments are responsible for purchasing their own appliances. However, Vanderbilt University is an Energy Star Partner and encourages students and employees to purchase appliances that are Energy Star-rated through its Procurement program.

 

17) Does your school purchase environmentally preferable paper products (e.g., 100 percent postconsumer recycled content, certified by the Forest Stewardship Council)?

[ ] No

[ x ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All. Please describe:

Individual departments are responsible for purchasing their own paper products. However, Vanderbilt University encourages students and employees to purchase paper products with at least 30% postconsumer recycled content through our primary office supply vendor. Our primary office supply vendor

tracks our purchases and provides a quarterly report to Vanderbilt’s Sustainability Director. 34% of the paper Vanderbilt purchases each year contains at least 30% post-consumer recycled content. FSCcertified paper is also available for purchase through both our primary office supply vendor and VU Printing Services. Many large university printing efforts are now printed on FSC-certified paper with post consumer recycled content and vegetable-based inks. All standard business cards and letterhead ordered through Vanderbilt University’s Printing Services are printed on recycled stock

 

18) Does your school purchase Green Seal, Environmental Choice certified, or biorenewable cleaning products?

[ ] No

[ x ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All. Please describe:

Housekeeping, under the direction of the Asst Vice Chancellor for Plant Operations, has developed a three-year plan to expand the Green Cleaning program to all campus buildings. Currently, Green Seal certified cleaning products are being used in ~25% of buildings on campus, including a number of residence halls which received LEED Gold level certification primarily because of the implementation of a Green Cleaning program in these buildings which qualified for an “innovation” credit.

 

19) Are your school's computer/electronics purchase decisions made in accordance with standards such as the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT)?

[ x ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

 

20) Does your school use only pesticides that meet the standards for organic crop production set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or Canadian Organic Standards (excluding on-campus farms)?

[ x ] No

[ ] Some. Please describe:

[ ] All

 

CLIMATE CHANGE & ENERGY

 

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS INVENTORY

21) Has your school completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory?

Please check all that apply.

[ ] No.

[ ] In progress. Please describe status and provide estimated completion date:

[ x ] Yes. Please provide total annual GHG emissions (in metric tons of CO2e). Also, include the start date for each year as well as the URL to each inventory, if available online, or attach the document. Vanderbilt’s baseline greenhouse gas inventory presents the average annual greenhouse gas emissions for Vanderbilt University for the calendar years 2005 through 2007 and is intended to provide a baseline for the development and implementation of future greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies.

2008: In progress

2007: 487000

2006: 487000

2005: 487000

Total Baseline Emissions: 487,000 MTCO2E. This number represents calculated average annual emissions based on 2005 to 2007 data, not emissions during any specific year.

 

COMMITMENT TO GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTION

The purchase of carbon offsets does not count toward greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions for this indicator. They are counted in a subsequent indicator.

22) Has your school made a commitment to reducing GHG emissions by a specific amount?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details.

Reduction level:

Baseline year:

Target date:

The development of a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Plan is currently underway.

 

If you answered only "No" or "In progress" to question 21, please now skip to question 27.

 

REALIZED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS REDUCTIONS

23) Has your school achieved a reduction in GHG emissions?

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please list details.

Percentage reduced:

Baseline year:

Date achieved:

Vanderbilt University is in the process of collecting necessary data to evaluate progress in reducing GHG emissions.

 

24) Please provide the total heating and cooling degree days averaged over the past three years.

Data on total degree heating and cooling days is available at: http://www.degreedays.net/. This information will be used to help reduce bias between schools in different climates.

 

Cooling degree days average over the past three years: 2,155

Heating degree days average over the past three years: 3,567

 

25) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-thousand-square-foot basis for the past three years.

Per-Thousand-Square-Foot Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total maintained building space in thousands of square feet.

2008:

2007:

2006:

Average annual Baseline Emissions per 1,000 GSF: 35.0 MTCO2E. This number represents average annual emissions per 1,000 GSF based on 2005 to 2007 data, not emissions during any specific year.

 

26) Please provide GHG emissions figures on a per-full-time-student basis for the past three years.

Per-Student Emissions = Total CO2e in metric tons / Total number of full-time enrolled students.

2008:

2007:

2006:

Baseline Emissions per FTE: 42.5 MTCO2E. This number represents average annual emissions per fulltime-

student based on 2005 to 2007 data, not emissions during any specific year.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

27) What programs or technologies has your school implemented to improve energy efficiency (e.g., cogeneration plant, retrocommissioning of HVAC systems, performing system tune-ups, temperature setbacks)? ACORE Partnership.

Vanderbilt University has an on-campus, cogeneration power plant that produces electricity, steam and chilled water to power, heat and cool buildings on campus. The power plant at Vanderbilt also reduces carbon emissions, increases efficiency, and has associated cost savings over purchasing 100% of

Vanderbilt’s energy needs.

 

Several energy saving technologies are employed in facilities on campus including: motion/light sensors to reduce energy uses for lighting; more efficient fume hoods; timers to regulate temperatures based on occupancy hours; variable air volume (VAV) devices; LED lighting; and a centralized energy

management system. Maintenance staff has an aggressive preventive maintenance program to keep HVAC systems running at peak efficiency. Vanderbilt University has a full-time Campus Energy Manager who is responsible for identifying and implementing future energy efficiency projects at Vanderbilt.

 

New lighting control systems were installed in Memorial Gymnasium and Owen Graduate School of Management, which reduced energy consumption 18% and 15%, respectively. Additional lighting retrofits were completed in numerous other buildings (Calhoun, Mayborn, Branscomb, and OGSM),

resulting in reduced systems energy use. Automated Logic was installed in two buildings on campus, allowing for a higher level of energy control within these spaces. Plant Operations distributed over 700 free compact fluorescent light bulbs to campus employees at the Employee Celebration Month Wrap-Up Party.

 

For the past three months, Vanderbilt has piloted a centrally-controlled nighttime temperature setback program in a few buildings. Early data indicates substantial energy and cost savings; thus, Plant Ops is planning to expand the program significantly in the upcoming year.

 

ENERGY CONSERVATION

28) Do you facilitate programs that encourage members of the campus community to reduce energy use (e.g., cash incentives, signs reminding individuals to turn off lights and appliances)?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe:

The ThinkOne Energy Conservation Campaign’s pilot phase was implemented during 2008-2009 academic school year and asked the Vanderbilt community to “think of at least one thing they could do each day to save energy”. The program gathered data through energy usage metrics, behavior audits, and web-based surveys to determine what type of educational intervention, such as peer education or feedback, results in the highest level of energy conservation here on Vanderbilt’s campus. The project achieved 5-10% energy reductions in its pilot phase, and the study has been published as a doctoral dissertation in Vanderbilt’s Department of Psychology. Subsequent phases based on the results from the pilot are planned for student residential areas and research buildings in Fall 2009. More information can be found at www.vanderbilt.edu/sustainvu/thinkone .

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION

29) Does your school generate renewable electricity?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please specify percentage of overall electricity generated from each of the following sources and describe details below.

[ %] B100 biodiesel biodiesel initiative provides 250 gallons/month

[ %] Clean biomass

[ %] Concentrating solar power (CSP)

[ %] Geothermal

[ %] Low-impact hydropower

[ %] Solar photovoltaics

[ %] Wind

[ %] Other

Description: Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative’s product is not used to generate electricity; it is used to power equipment operated by the Plant Operations Department.

 

30) Does your school have solar hot water systems?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please specify number of systems and total BTUs generated annually, if available:

 

RENEWABLE ENERGY PURCHASE

31) Has your school purchased electric energy from renewable sources or renewable energy credits (RECs)?

RECs and electricity from renewable sources must be Green-e certified or meet the requirements of the Green-e standard.

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe. Green Power Switch Program

Date of most recent contract: Fall 2008

Quantity (kWh): 112,500 per month

Percentage of your total electric energy use that it represents: 0.4%

 

32) Has your school purchased non-electric energy from renewable sources?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe.

Date of most recent contract:

Quantity (BTUs):

Percentage of your total non-electric energy use that it represents:

 

ON-SITE COMBUSTION

33) Please provide total BTUs of energy for heating and cooling from on-site combustion:

2,600,881 MMBTU (million BTUs) [2008-2009 academic year]

 

34) Please list each fuel source (e.g., coal, natural gas, oil) and the percent of overall BTUs derived from that source:

Coal: 60%

Natural Gas: 40%

 

35) Is any on-site combustion for heating and cooling derived from renewable sources?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe.

Percentage on-site combustion derived from renewable sources: [ %]

Total BTUs of energy generated from renewable sources: [# ]

Description of renewable energy sources used for on-site combustion for heating and cooling:

 

FOOD & RECYCLING

The food portion of this category is covered in a separate dining survey.

 

RECYCLING OF TRADITIONAL MATERIALS

36) Please indicate which traditional materials your institution recycles (check all that apply).

[ ] None

[ x ] Aluminum

[ x ] Cardboard

[ x ] Glass

[ x ] Paper

[ ] Plastics (all)

[ x ] Plastics (some)

[ ] Other. Please list:

 

37) Diversion rate: [34%] (Includes recycling of coal ash.)

 

RECYCLING OF ELECTRONIC WASTE

38) Does your institution have an electronics recycling program?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. If available, please indicate the total annual weight or volume of each material collected for recycling or reuse.

[ x ] Batteries 6,700 pounds

[ x ] Cell phones A recycling program is available, but volumes/weights are not tracked at this time

[ x ] Computers & Electronics 155,000 pounds

[ x ] Lightbulbs Over 32,000 used 4ft fluorescent light bulbs

[ x ] Printer cartridges A recycling program is available, but volumes/weights are not tracked at this time

[ x ] Other E-waste. Please list: Ballasts 4,080 pounds

 

COMPOSTING (ASIDE FROM DINING FACILITIES)

39) What percentage of your campus's landscaping waste is composted or mulched?

[>99%]

The Grounds crew collects leaf and wood waste for on-site composting to the maximum extent practical.

 

40) Do you provide composting receptacles around campus in locations other than dining halls (e.g., in residence halls, offices, academic buildings)?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

A small, educational compost site uses pre-consumer food scraps for the Commons Center dining facility to produce compost for soil enrichment and tree rejuvenation on selected campus grounds locations. Metro Nashville Health department will not allow food composting in quantities any larger than small,

backyard-sized sites at this time. However, we are allowed to compost landscaping waste on a large scale.

 

SOURCE REDUCTION

41) Do you have any source-reduction initiatives (e.g., end-of-semester furniture or clothing swaps and collections)?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe:

Vanderbilt University offers several source-reduction initiatives. At the close of each school year, students are encouraged to participate in an “Earth Friendly Move-Out.” Decorations, clothing, small operational electronic appliances and other small items are collected in residence halls and sold by local nonprofit organizations to raise money. Furniture and other large items are collected by the Salvation Army, and non-perishable food items are collected by Second Harvest Food Bank. Additional locations are available to take non-working electronic appliances like dorm refrigerators, computers, TVs, etc., to

be safely recycled in accordance with all laws and regulations. The Plant Services group out of the Medical Center has a Surplus Equipment Store, which allows the Vanderbilt community and the public to purchase surplus items from their warehouse. Vanderbilt University also has a “Surplus Swap” program, an online forum where the community can list surplus items, such as office supplies and computer equipment, which might be of use to others on campus.

 

GREEN BUILDING

 

GREEN BUILDING POLICY

42) Does your school have a formal green building policy?

[ x ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe policy and provide URL to the full policy, if available:

 

GREEN BUILDING STANDARDS

43) Please indicate LEED-certified buildings.

[# 7 ] Total number of LEED-certified buildings.

[ 0 sq ft] Certified-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[148,202 sq ft] Silver-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Sutherland House; Crawford House; Gillette House

[249,083 sq ft] Gold-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Murray House; Hank Ingram House; Stambaugh House; The Commons Center

[ 0 sq ft] Platinum-level (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

 

44) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED certification criteria but are not certified.

[# 1 ] Total number of buildings that meet LEED criteria

[61,370 sq ft] Certified-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names: Student Life Center (2003)

[ 0 sq ft] Silver-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[0 sq ft] Gold-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

[ 0 sq ft] Platinum-level criteria met, but not certified (combined gross square footage). Please list building names:

 

45) Please indicate buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

[# 0 ] Total number of ENERGY STAR buildings. Please list building names:

[ 0 sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

RENOVATIONS AND RETROFITS

46) Please indicate LEED-EB certified buildings.

[# 0 ] Total number of LEED-EB certified buildings. Please list building names:

[ 0 sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

47) Please indicate buildings that meet LEED-EB certification criteria but are not certified.

[# 6 ] Total number of buildings that meet LEED-EB criteria but are not certified. Please list building names: Benson Hall (LEED-CI), Wilson Hall (LEED-CI), Rand Hall (LEED-CI), Buttrick Hall (not registered), Featheringill/Jacobs Halls (not registered), Student Life Center (not registered) [ 521,944 sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

48) Please indicate renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled.

[# 0 ] Total number of renovated buildings that are ENERGY STAR labeled. Please list building names:

[ 0 sq ft] Combined gross square footage.

 

49) What energy-efficiency technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., HVAC systems, motion sensors, ambient light sensors, T5 lighting, LED lighting, timers, laundry technology)?

For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of maintained building space have been retrofitted with motion sensors; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).

 

Energy-efficiency technologies installed in existing buildings at Vanderbilt include: motion/light sensors to reduce energy uses for lighting; more efficient fume hoods; timers to regulate temperatures based on occupancy hours; variable air volume (VAV) devices; LED lighting; and a centralized energy management system. Approximately 22% of buildings have undergone energy-related retrofits or renovations within the past 3 years. Over 80% of lighting fixtures in university buildings use T8 fluorescent lighting. In the Medical Center, 80% of incandescent fixtures have been converted to compact fluorescent lighting, and 99% of fluorescent fixtures have been converted to low energy lamps and ballasts.

 

50) What water-conservation technologies have you installed in existing buildings (e.g., low-flow faucets, low-flow showerheads, waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, gray water systems, laundry technology)?

For each technology, please indicate the number and type of fixtures installed, and the number of buildings in which those fixtures are installed. If possible, include either the percentage of the overall campus fixtures each type represents or the percentage of overall maintained building space that has been renovated with the technology (e.g., 20 buildings representing 10 percent of the maintained building space have been retrofitted with low-flow faucets; thus, 10 percent of the total maintained building space in square feet would be the desired data).

 

During the past year, VU Plant Operations and Plant Services have designed and implemented a systematic restroom retrofit project to install low-flow faucets, low-flow toilets and waterfree urinals. 1,492 of these water-conserving fixtures have been retrofitted throughout VU’s campus, exclusive of The Commons campus. Each year, these fixture retrofits will result in estimated water savings of 24 million gallons and cost savings of $250,000. Two additional water reuse projects have been implemented and are yielding significant results. Water that finds its way into Vanderbilt’s underground utility tunnels is now being used in the on-campus Cogeneration Power Plant cooling towers and for watering the athletic fields near the Student Recreation Center. By capturing this roundwater and redirecting it for non-potable water reuse, VU is reducing water purchases from Metro Water and sewer by an additional 55 million gallons a year. Plant Operations estimates they will save at least $140,000 each year in reduced water purchases. Together, these two projects are resulting in Vanderbilt using almost 80 million gallons of water less per year than we would normally have and saving almost $400,000 in water and sewer costs.

 

51) What percentage of your institution's non-hazardous construction and demolition waste is diverted from landfills?

[ %]

Vanderbilt University encourages contractors to divert as much non-hazardous construction and demolition waste as possible from the landfill. This metric is not tracked institutionally for all construction projects; however estimates for this metric are maintained for some larger projects. For example, during the construction of the LEED-certified Commons, 65-70% of non-hazardous construction and demolition waste was diverted from the landfill.

 

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

 

RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITIES

52) Are there any sustainability-themed residential communities or housing options at your school?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Name of program: The Commons

Type of community (e.g., hall, building, house): Residence Houses

Number of students involved: 1602

Additional details:

7 of the 11 buildings that comprise The Commons are LEED Certified (4 gold and 3 silver). An extensive environmental education program using the houses as a “living/learning laboratory” has been developed for the first-year students living in the Commons. This educational program won the 2008 Governor’s

Environmental Stewardship Award for Green Schools.

 

NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION

53) Does a portion of your new student orientation specifically cover sustainability?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe how sustainability is incorporated (e.g., information sessions, green tour):

All new students receive educational materials covering sustainability prior to arrival on campus. At the onset of each school year, information sessions are held with all Resident Advisors, who then disseminate information to their constituent residents. All student desk workers in The Commons Center and Sarratt Student Center also receive a brief lesson in sustainability initiatives on campus.

 

INTERNSHIPS/OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES

54) Does your school offer on-campus office-based sustainability internships or jobs for students?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide number of students and average number of hours worked weekly per student:

[# 4 ] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 10

[# 2 ] Unpaid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 15

 

55) Does your school have residence hall Eco-Reps or other similar programs to promote behavioral change on campus?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide details below, and indicate URL if available:

[#0] Paid positions. Average hours worked weekly per student:

[#0] Positions that award academic credit. Average hours worked weekly per student:

[#34] Uncompensated positions. Average hours worked weekly per student: 2

The Eco-Dores program to be launched in Fall 2009 is designed to encourage environmental education and to help students recognize the systemic nature of environmental problems and their solutions. Eco-Dores are residents in the housing system that act as “peer educators” and teach other students the information and skills they need to live in a more sustainable way. Responsibilities include attending scheduled educational sessions, talking to students about environmental issues, conducting surveys, hanging up posters, passing out or emailing out information, and organizing events based on a specific

theme. The goal is that each residence house will find its own way to respond to the theme and its own best solution.

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

56) Does your school have active student-run organizations devoted to sustainability efforts on campus?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide total number of active organizations, names of organizations, a brief description of each, and URLs, if available:

 

Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR)

http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/spear/

SPEAR’s mission is to increase environmental awareness and promote more environmentally

sustainable habits and infrastructure within the Vanderbilt and Nashville community. Various projects

sponsored by this organization include: cardboard crew, compost discovery area, house energy

competitions, Climate Change Solutions Week, and Rites of Spring recycling.

OGSM Net Impact

http://owennetimpact.org/

Owen Net Impact is a member of the larger Net Impact community with over 150 student and

professional chapters worldwide. Net Impact aims to positively contribute to a community of new leaders

in fields such as corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management,

international development, and environmental sustainability who will use business to improve the world.

OGSM Net Impact recently launched their Smart Printing initiative and constructed a paper tree display

made out of discarded printer paper collected during a three week period. Net Impact has in the past

hosted events such as a Green Career Symposium, “Green Week” and the Net Impact National

Conference.

Undergraduate Net Impact

Vanderbilt Center for Environmental Management Studies Student Association (VCEMSSA)

This new organization aims to enhance students’ abilities to achieve excellence in environmental

management professions, increase environmental awareness within the Vanderbilt and surrounding

communities, and promote Vanderbilt’s standing as a leader in environmental management solutions.

VCEMSSA future goals include a hosting a stream clean-up with local youth, establishing partnerships

with Vanderbilt campus organizations and Nashville businesses, providing internships from in the fields

of environmental engineering and environmental management, and constructing a rain-garden in the

Nashville area. This group also aims to increase recycling efforts and energy efficiency across the

Vanderbilt campus with an emphasis in the engineering buildings and is in the process of implementing

Vanderbilt’s first bike-share program.

VMS Sustain

This group functions out of the School of Medicine and seeks to promote a more balanced and

sustainable relationship with the environment through the following:

Education of peers and the greater Vanderbilt community about ways to conduct their private and

professional lives in an environmentally respectful way;

Advocacy for institutional responsibility and sustainable planning in the areas of patient health,

energy use and recycling; and

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Action to develop a community dedicated to forwarding sustainability as an issue of health,

respect, and responsibility to the future.

Environmental Law Society

http://law.vanderbilt.edu/student-resources/student-organizations/environmental-law-society/index.aspx

The Environmental Law Society is an organization for students interested in learning more about

environmental law and environmental legal careers. This group has sponsored numerous speakers,

panels, and activities since its inception and aims to strengthen relationships between Vanderbilt Law

students and local environmental groups. The Society co-sponsored a “Green Week” with OGSM in the

spring and is in the process of creating a “Green Map” of Nashville in conjunction with a GIS class in the

School of Engineering.

Vanderbilt Biodiesel Initiative (VBI)

http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/biodiesel/

VBI is Vanderbilt’s student-run biodiesel production system, which converts waste vegetable oil into

biodiesel fuel that is used by some of the university’s diesel-fueled engines. One of the byproducts of this

process, glycerin, is used by the group to make EcoSuds soap, which is sold at several locations on

campus. VBI also aims to educate others about the viability of biodiesel as an alternative fuel.

Vanderbilt Sierra Club

http://www.vanderbiltsierraclub.com/

VSC “practices, promotes, and educates on the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and

resources, protection of wild habitats, and restoration of natural and human environments.” Several

programs spearheaded by this group include the Green Power Initiative, Earth Day, and an Eco Fashion

Show.

VSG Think Gold, Act Green Initiative

Vanderbilt Student Government’s “Think Gold, Act Green” initiative was launched in early December to

promote sustainability and environmental stewardship among the student population. The coalition is

composed of numerous campus groups, including VSG, VUcept, SEMO, SPEAR, the Office of Greek

Life, LDIA, WilSkills, OACS, Net Impact, Residential Education, and the Dean of Students. A goal of the

initiative is to tie all environmental initiatives together and create communication between various

campus groups with similar objectives. An EcoSummit to facilitate this goal was held in February 2009.

VUMC Cares

http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/root/vumc.php?site=recyclinic

VUMC Cares is a medical student graduate group that promotes environmental and social responsibility

among the medical community. This organization is responsible for implementing solid waste recycling

within School of Medicine areas and creating an environmental/recycling lab pledge program. Over the

last several years this organization has sponsored lectures that have addressed issues in the

environment and how modern medicine affects or is affected by them.

SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGES AND COMPETITIONS

57) Does your school organize any sustainability challenges/competitions for your campus and/or

with other colleges?

College Sustainability Report Card 2010 - Campus Survey Page 15

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please list details for all competitions.

Name of competition: Commons Residence House Energy Competitions

Year initiated: 2008

Frequency of competition: Annually

Participants: The Commons Freshmen Residence Halls

Incentives: Pizza party and masseuse for the day

Goal of competition: Reduce energy consumption and raise awareness of energy-saving behaviors in

residence halls

Percent of energy/water/waste reduced: 21% energy reduction

Lasting effects of competition: Increased knowledge of energy consumption

Website: http://studentorgs.vanderbilt.edu/spear/projects_2008f.php

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

CAMPUS MOTOR FLEET

58) How many vehicles are in your institution's fleet?

[# 312 ]

 

59) Please list the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in each class.

[# 0 ] Hybrid. Please list makes and models:

[# 0 ] Electric. Please describe type of vehicles:

[# 0 ] Biodiesel. Please describe type of vehicles and list biodiesel blend(s) used:

[# 0 ] Other. Please describe:

 

60) What is the average GHG emission rate per passenger mile of your institution's motorized fleet?

[# 1.55 ] pounds of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) per passenger mile traveled.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

61) Does your school offer incentives for carpooling?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe details of the program including the type of the incentive and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students):

MTA Free Ride to Work Program – Vanderbilt University pays the bus fare for any employee or graduate student for their commute to and from campus. Swiping Vanderbilt ID cards covers the fare.

Music City Star Commuter Train – Vanderbilt significantly subsidizes the cost of commuter rail tickets for VU employees, who receive a 60% discount.

RideMatch service – Vanderbilt carpool/vanpool matching system available to any Vanderbilt community member with an “@vanderbilt.edu email address”; a ride home is guaranteed in case of an emergency (www.vmcridematch.com).

RTA vanpool matching and subsidy program – Vanderbilt will assist in matching interested carpoolers into a vanpool and then subsidize a portion of the cost of the vanpool. Several spaces exist on campus reserved for high fuel-efficiency vehicles. Freshman cannot register cars for parking on campus and sophomores have limited access to parking.

 

62) Does your school offer public transportation subsidies?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe the program including the size of the discount (as a percent of full price) and eligible community members (e.g., faculty, staff, students): Faculty that commutes can use MTA for free.

Vanderbilt’s commuter-support programs are unparalled in the State of TN. Vanderbilt was the first university in TN to be designated by the EPA as a Best Workplaces for Commuters and was awarded the 2006 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award for Pollution Prevention for our commuter-support

programs. The programs available are as follows:

MTA Free Ride to Work Program – Vanderbilt University pays the bus fare for any employee or graduate student for their commute to and from campus. Swiping campus ID cards covers the fare.

Music City Star Commuter Train – Vanderbilt significantly subsidizes the cost of commuter rail tickets for VU employees, who receive a 60% discount.

 

63) Does your school provide free transportation around campus?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe: Campus shuttle

Vanderbilt offers free shuttle services (Medical Center shuttles and Vandy Vans) to campus visitors, students, faculty, and staff from various locations on campus.

 

64) Does your school operate a free transportation shuttle to local off-campus destinations?

[ ] N/A. Please explain:

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please describe:

Vanderbilt offers free shuttle services (Medical Center shuttles) to campus visitors, students, faculty, and staff from a select number of locations off campus.

 

BICYCLE PROGRAM

65) Does your school offer a bicycle-sharing/rental program or bicycle repair services?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide details below.

Year created: 2009

Number of bikes available:

Fees for participation: It is anticipated that this program will be available to users free of cost or for a nominal membership fee ($15 or less).

Repair services provided:

We are currently working with a student group to implement a bicycle program that will debut in Fall 2009.

 

CAR-SHARING PROGRAM

66) Does your school partner with a car-sharing program?

[ ] No

[ x ] Yes. Please provide details below. ZipCar

Year created: 2008

Total number of vehicles: 5

Number of hybrid vehicles: 0

Fee for membership: Vanderbilt departmental memberships are available at no cost. Vanderbilt

individual memberships are available for $35. http://www.zipcar.com/vanderbilt/

 

PLANNING

67) Does your school have policies that support a pedestrian-friendly or bike-friendly campus (e.g., in the school's master plan, a policy prohibiting vehicles from the center of campus)?

[ ] N/A. Please explain: While Vanderbilt have no formal policy, vehicle traffic is limited to the perimeter and select areas of campus. Roads do not exist through the interior portions of campus.

[ ] No

[ ] Yes. Please describe:

 

68) What percentage of individuals commute to campus via environmentally preferable transportation (e.g., walking, bicycling, carpooling, using public transit)?

[ 5 %]

 

STATISTICS

 

69) Campus setting:

[ ] Rural

[ ] Suburban

[ 100% ] Urban

[ ] Other. Please describe:

 

70) Total number of buildings: [# 223 ] Includes160 university-owned buildings, 41 medical centerowned

buildings, and 22 real estate-owned buildings. This does not include leased spaces or parking garages. http://cpc-fis.vanderbilt.edu/PDF/vandutil.pdf .

71) Combined gross square footage of all buildings: [# 13,136,226] Includes160 university-owned buildings, 41 medical center-owned buildings, and 22 real estate-owned buildings. This does not include leased spaces or parking garages. http://cpc-fis.vanderbilt.edu/PDF/vandutil.pdf .

72) Full-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 11,319 ]

73) Part-time enrollment (undergraduate and graduate): [# 774 ]

74) Part-time enrollment as a proportion to a full-time course load: [# ]

75) Percent of full-time students that live on campus: [ 90.4% of undergraduate students

Questions 76-87 are for informational purposes only; responses will NOT be included in the Report Card evaluation process.

 

OTHER AREAS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGAGEMENT

 

Please mark an "X" next to each item that applies to your institution.

 

76) Outdoors club: [ x ]

77) Disposable water bottle ban: [ ]

78) Participation in Recyclemania: [ ]

79) Student trustee position: [ ]

80) Environmental science/studies major: [ x ]

81) Environmental science/studies minor or concentration: [ x ]

82) Graduate-level environmental program: [ x ]

83) Student green fee: [ ]

84) Alumni green fund: [ ]

85) Revolving loan fund for sustainability projects: [ ]

86) Campus garden or farm: [ ]

87) Single-stream recycling: [ ]

 

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