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The University of Vermont was established in 1791 and hence owns and operates many historic buildings, which pose a challenge both for maintenance/preservation and sustainability.  Although many of these buildings could be made much more energy efficient, any renovations or upgrades to historic buildings on campus, which are defined as those 50 years and older, must be approved by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

Despite the historic preservation restrictions, UVM strives to prioritize sustainability both in small upgrades such as lighting and more major construction projects such as rebuilding Old Mill from the inside while leaving its historic shell intact.

In addition, UVM has committed to a standard of LEEDTM Silver minimum for all new construction and major renovation projects on campus.  Due to these sustainability efforts, although UVM's greenhouse gas emissions have been slowly increasing every year, the greenhouse gas emissions per square foot of building space has been steadily decreasing at the same time that we have increased both building space and student enrollment.

 

OP Credit 1: Building Operations and Maintenance (2.63/7)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 1 recognizes institutions that are LEED® certified and/or sustainably operated. UVM tracks total building space that meets Eligible Buildings Criteria. UVM currently has 5,300,000 square feet of total building space that is maintained in accordance with sustainable building operations and maintenance guidelines. UVM’s $13 million Energy Revolving Fund is expected to have project paybacks of no more than seven years. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having all eligible building space be LEED® Platinum Certified for existing buildings. UVM would receive 2.63 out of 7 points available for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:

Michelle Smith, Green Building Coordinator
UVM Capital Planning & Management

OP Credit 2: Building Design and Construction (2.79/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 2 recognizes institutions that have added new LEED® Certified and/or sustainably operated buildings in the past three years. UVM tracks new building spaces that meet Eligible Buildings Criteria and are LEED® Certified. UVM currently has 650,527 square feet of LEED® Gold Certified new building spaces. Based on the STARS calculations institutions can earn maximum points for this credit by having all new eligible building spaces be LEED® Platinum Certified. UVM would receive 2.79 out of 4 points available for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:

Michelle Smith, Green Building Coordinator
UVM Capital Planning & Management

OP Credit 3: Indoor Air Quality (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 3 recognizes institutions that have adopted indoor air quality management policies, plans, and/or practices to regularly monitor buildings. UVM tracks total occupied building space with the implementation of an indoor air quality policy. Currently 100% of UVM’s total occupied building space is covered by an indoor air quality policy. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having all buildings covered by an indoor air quality management policy, plans, and/or practice. UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Francis Churchill, Assistant Director-Safety &Health
UVM Risk Management and Safety