In 2007, UVM made a strong commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are the drivers of climate change by becoming a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By signing on to the ACUPCC, President Fogel committed that UVM would become climate-neutral by some specified date and create a climate action plan on how it would achieve this goal.
As part of the short-term actions required by the ACUPCC, UVM has completed an annual GHG inventory. The GHG data for the inventory, which goes back to 1990, is verified by a 2nd party verifier and the data are publicly available on the ACUPCC Reporting website. In January of 2011, after receiving feedback from many stakeholders and incorporating feedback, UVM released its climate action plan (also available on the APUCC Reporting site) to the public. The University has committed to becoming climate-neutral by 2025.
OP Credit 4: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory (2/2)
STARS Operation Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have conducted and made publicly available an inventory of its scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. UVM tracks its scope 1 and 2 emissions as well as its air travel, commuting, food purchases, solid waste disposal, transmission and distribution losses, and wastewater scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. UVM’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory is available for public assess online. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by conducting a greenhouse gas emissions inventory covering all scope 1, scope 2, and scope 3 emissions. UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.
Gioia Thompson, Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
OP Credit 5: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction (3.48/14)
STARS Operation Credit 5 recognizes institutions that have reduced net scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions. UVM tracks its greenhouse gas emissions with the use of a Clean Air-Cool Planet calculation tool. In the 2011- 2012 performance year UVM reduced its scope 1 and scope 2 gross greenhouse gas emissions by 9,418 metric tons compared to a 2005 baseline. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by achieving climate neutrality. UVM would receive 3.48 out of 14 points for this credit.
Tier Two Credits
Credit 1: Air Travel Emissions (0/0.25)
STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that have policies or programs in place to reduce air travel emissions. UVM has not yet created any such policies or programs and would receive 0 out of .25 points for this tier two credit.
Credit 2: Local Offsets Program (0/0.25)
STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that have local programs to offset greenhouse gas emissions. UVM is not currently part of a local program to offset its greenhouse gas emissions and would receive 0 out of .25 points for this tier two credit. However, UVM has teamed up with a local program, Button Up Vermont, to educate Vermonters about energy efficiency in their homes.