Frequently Asked Questions

What tangible changes should come from this campaign?

The most tangible end goal for this campaign is for Vanderbilt to make a public commitment to achieving the goals set forth in the “Our Vision” section.

What is the difference between the goals set for 2030 and the goals set for 2050?

The 2030 goal would consist of the university building enough renewable energy to completely offset Vanderbilt’s electricity usage. The 2050 goal is what some may call “zero-carbon” or “carbon neutral,” however this campaign has avoided this language due to varying definitions on the meaning of carbon neutrality. The 2050 goal would require Vanderbilt to shut down its natural gas power plant, make heating, cooling and other building operations entirely electric, replace its vehicle fleet with electric vehicles, and more. This goal requires Vanderbilt to generate any power it uses from a carbon-free source.

Where does Vanderbilt have space to put all this renewable energy?

The campaign’s goals do not require Vanderbilt to build renewable energy on campus. On-campus renewable energy can likely be a part of Vanderbilt’s solution but is not necessary.

What is the cost of implementing renewable energy?

There are many ways to implement clean energy. While we cannot accurately predict Vanderbilt’s financial integration of this, we can estimate the costs of renewables by contextualizing within the energy market. We can also ask our administrators, who represent the Vanderbilt community, to commit to determining the cost.