100% Renewable Energy Campaign

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Our Vision

Vanderbilt University is a massive consumer of energy, serving over 10,000 individuals. The 100% Renewable Energy campaign looks at Vanderbilt’s energy consumption as an opportunity for the university to lead the charge in fighting climate change and transitioning to renewable energy. Action by Vanderbilt to move towards a clean, renewable future will set an example for the rest of Tennessee, the Southeast, and the nation. Vanderbilt’s prestige and influence as an institution puts it in a position to be a leader and dramatically change the discussion on how energy can and should be generated. We are seeking a commitment from Vanderbilt administration towards generating all electrical power through clean, renewable resources by no later than 2030 and a commitment to powering all university operations with renewable energy by no later than 2050.

Who We Are

The 100% Renewable Energy campaign is led by Vanderbilt Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR), which is the university’s main undergraduate environmental organization. The campaign consists of a coalition of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni, and staff who believe Vanderbilt has an obligation to use its power and resources to become a leader in the fight against climate change. This campaign is in collaboration with Environment America, which is leading a nationwide movement of students who are asking their universities to take a stand in fighting climate change. Other participating universities include:

  • Barnard College (NY)
  • Princeton University (NJ)
  • University of Wisconsin- Madison (WI)
  • Wellesley College (MA)
  • Wesleyan University (CT)
  • University of Texas-Austin (TX)
  • Purdue University (IN)

You can show your support for the 100% Renewable Energy campaign by signing our online petition, which will show Vanderbilt’s administrators that the Vanderbilt community cares deeply about this issue.

Progress Made

As of the start of April 2019, SPEAR’s leaders have already met with Mike Perez, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, and they have scheduled a meeting with Vice Chancellor Kopstain on April 16th. These meetings will be the campaign’s first opportunities to directly discuss the specifics of a commitment to the campaign’s goals.

The university is also making progress toward the campaign’s goals. Vanderbilt has two sustainability studies, which provide the essential first step for determining how the campus can achieve the campaign’s goals. Widespread community support for a commitment by administration is critical at this time. This commitment would drive Vanderbilt administration to further pursue and develop a comprehensive implementation strategy to achieve the goal of powering campus with 100% renewable energy.