University of Vermont

Office Of Student And Community Relations

January 2015
Happy Lunar New Year!
In This Issue...

Pay Rent? You Could Qualify for a Rebate!
There are Vampires in Your Apartment
Win up to $350!
Need Veggies - Prorate Your CSA
UVM Rising
Present at a Conference!
DRCC - Save the Date
Learn Life Skills
Idle Cars Are...
Scholarships for You!
Reduce Your Food Waste
Improve Your Winter Driving Safety
Signs of Spring
Contact Us

February 2015

We haven't gotten a Polar Vortex but the temperatures have definitely been uncomfortable - this Saturday's forecast calls for -25 degree temperatures! If you are yearning for Spring, consider growing a plant indoors. Whether you go the route of sprouting some greens for a very local salad or starting some milkweed indoors to help create some critical habitat for Monarch Butterflies or just for fun sprout a few beans like most of us did in kindergarten, it could help get you through this cold spell. If you want to be more passive in your wait for Spring, here are some signs to look out for to let you know it is around the corner.

You can also invest in some personal growth by taking an Implicit Association Test (IAT) - they are online and take only a few minutes. The IAT was featured in this article on Huffington Post. They have a whole host of different tests focused on different identities. Given our ongoing focus on issues of anti-black racism the Race IAT and the Weapons IAT are important to take and then talk about with people in your sphere of influence - friends, professors, clubs, etc.

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Renter Rebate

Did you know that there may be a way to get money back on the rent you paid in 2014? Vermont has a Renter Rebate program that helps make renting more affordable. It is a tax credit and has several conditions, including a form from your landlord - check those out here along with more detailed instructions. The form you file is here.

And if you are not sure how to file the form or just need help with your income tax return, the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) even offers FREE help to low- and moderate-income tax payers. If you are more a go-it-alone type the IRS website has plenty of self help information.

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There are Vampires in Your Apartment!

Most apartments nowadays have loads of electronic devices - flatscreen TVs, cell phone chargers, iThings, laptops, desktops, stereo. All of these things are possible sources of "vampire loads" - items that use tiny amounts of electricity all the time, whether they are on or not. If it has an adaptor, a clock, or a remote it is probably a "vampire". The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has a great infographic to explain "vampires" and suggest an easy solution that could save you $200/year on your electric bill!

And if you are really interested in knowing more about your energy usage and win as much as $350 (as well as special prizes) check out the UVM Off-Campus Home Energy Study being conducted by doctoral students at UVM and supported by the Clean Energy Fund, Gund Institute for Ecological Economics and the UVM Smart Grid IGERT.

[Click on the image to see the solution from NREL]

The Intervale Food Hub delivers local food subscriptions to members who live, work, and learn in the Burlington area. Subscription options include delicious Vermont vegetables, local specialty items like bread, eggs, cheese, and local grass-fed and pasture-raised meat. You can enjoy convenient weekly deliveries of high-quality local food, and support Vermont’s finest farmers and food producers!
Members can join for either the College Spring Semester or the Spring Season. Semester subscriptions are delivered to the UVM Davis Center according to the academic calendar for 12 weeks (deliveries have already started, but late orders will be pro-rated!). Spring Season subscriptions are delivered weekly to several convenient locations in Burlington, for 13 weeks.
To see the details for the Intervale Food Hub’s tasty local food subscriptions, visit! Contact with any questions.

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Dismantling Rape Culture Conference

Have something to say about rape culture?
Want to gain experience presenting at a conference?
Eager to engage with University students, staff and faculty on a particular topic?

The 2015 Dismantling Rape Culture Conference (see below) planning committee is now accepting workshop proposals. All proposals are due to Sarah Warrington at OR Jessa Morrish at by Tuesday, February 17.

If you'd like to talk through an idea or you have questions, please feel free to contact Jessa at 656-2925.

The planning committee is excited to see your ideas!!

The 2015 Dismantling Rape Culture Conference is being sponsored by the University of Vermont Women's Center, part of the Division of Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

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Comply with the law, while saving money by avoiding fuel waste and engine wear, improving air quality and public health, and slowing the advance of climate change. Burlington's ordinance does not permit idling for more than 3 minutes. There is no season exception. For additional information please contact Jennifer Green, Sustainability Coordinator, at or 865-7532. For more general information about the impacts of idling, and Vermont's State regulations, visit Idle Free Vermont website at

Keep on top of things going on in Burlington by subscribing to the CEDO Neighborhood Buzz.

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UNITED ACADEMICS is the faculty union at the University of Vermont, representing the full and part-time faculty. They also support student activism through 3 named awards:
  • The David Shiman Award of $1,500 is presented to a UVM senior with an outstanding and sustained record of community service, especially in social and/or economic justice issues.
  • The Linda Backus Memorial Award of $1,000 is presented to an undergraduate student for outstanding community service, especially in social and/or economic justice issues.
  • The Jeffrey Brace Awards provide up to five $500 awards for students with an active commitment to community service, especially in social and/or economic justice issues.
The deadline for applications for all three awards is April 3. A full list of conditions and information on applying can be found here.

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All proceeds and donations will go to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information check out the Spin-A-Thon page at UVM Recreation Sports

Reduce Your
Food Waste


Do you find that you are throwing away a lot of spoiled food? You are not alone, some studies have shown that the average household in the US throws away 25% of the food they purchase. That means that every month you throw out 20 pounds of food! Chittenden Solid Waste District shared a great video series on reducing this waste - check it out. If you still have that random bunch of cilantro or mung beans that just went bad consider starting to compost in your backyard or drop-it off at CSWD.

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Improve Your Winter Driving Safety

Click on the image below to see all the tips from the Burlington Police Department!
[Click on the image to see the full list of tips]

Top 11 Signs Spring is Almost Here

By Lily Sargeant '16

  1. It will become socially acceptable to wear flip-flops again. #TrueVermontersNeverWearShoes
  2. You don’t have to wear a protective layer of clothing over all exposed skin.
  3. The days are longer and you don’t feel like you need to be in bed at 9:00pm.
  4. You get to see cute baby animals on your daily walk to class.
  5. Spring break is almost upon us!
  6. Finally you get to emerge from that scary place where you lived all winter (AKA the library) and chill with your friends.
  7. You can bust out the outdoor sports: a little Can Jam, or maybe some Frisbee?
  8. You know its spring when you find yourself at an outdoor concert.
  9. You find yourself chilling with friends on blankets in random sunny spots on campus just to soak up the ZZZZZ’s.
  10. You can actually enjoy riding your bike to class.
  11. Spring is really here when you see your neighbors again and have conversations focused on something other than how cold it is.

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Have a great idea for a story, want to suggest us to cover something, or want to submit something for consideration? Just click the link below!
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Contact Us

Whether you have a specific issue, want to make some tea before class, or are just curious about what we're up to - please stop by Pearl House and let us help make your off-campus experience successful, positive, and empowering.

We are located at 12 Colchester Avenue - next to John Dewey Hall and in front of the Outing Club.

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