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Vanderbilt University - Accelerating our Progress Toward a Sustainable Future

By District Energy posted 05-25-2021 10:52


Vanderbilt University


Dear members of the Vanderbilt community, 

Climate change is one of the most serious threats faced by humanity today. As an institution whose mission is focused on improving society for future generations through research, education and innovation, it is imperative that we turn to the sustainability of our own university operations as a catalyst for innovative solutions to address the problem of climate change. 

This means reducing our total carbon footprint by taking proactive measures that will lead to real change. At Vanderbilt—as it always has—it means asking how we can accomplish more.

In 2019, Vanderbilt set a goal to power its campus entirely through renewable energy and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Several large efforts are already underway to make significant strides toward this goal.

While the university continues to push action and innovations on several fronts, we have identified a near-term opportunity to work with Climate Vault and use the cap-and-trade market—which is designed to limit harmful emissions—to accelerate our impact, allowing us to become the first member of the Association of American Universities’ 65 leading research universities to achieve carbon neutrality. 

Today’s announcement commits Vanderbilt to accelerating our efforts to find novel solutions in this area. Climate Vault offers an innovative bridge for our efforts, giving us a greater immediate impact on the problem while also stimulating much-needed research in carbon removal technologies that can have far-reaching benefits for the future.

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