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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)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

STARS Operations Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have inventoried their greenhouse gas emissions. The University has completed a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory for each year starting in 1990. The inventory includes all scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as as a number of  scope 3 emissions such as: Employee Commuting, Student Commuting, Directly Financed Air Travel, Directly Financed Ground Travel, Study Abroad Air Travel, Solid Waste, Wastewater and Scope 2 Transmission & Distribution Losses.  UVM would receive 2 out of 2 total points.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Office of Sustainability Director
UVM Office of Sustainability

OP Credit 5: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction (4.29/14)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

STARS Operations Credit 5 recognizes institutions that have reduced their net greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to a 2005 baseline.

UVM has reduced its scope 1 and 2 emissions (heating, purchased electricity, fleet and agriculture emissions) by 9% from 2005 to 2012, based on per weighted campus user. 

Based on the STARS criteria, UVM would receive 4.29 out of a total 14 possible points.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Gioia Thompson, Office of Sustainability Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
 

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Air Travel Offsets (0/0.25)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

UVM does not currently have any programs in place to reduce air travel and emissions from air travel are not counted in the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. UVM would receive no points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Gioia Thompson, Office of Sustainability Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
 
Supporting Documents:

N/A

Credit 2: Local Offsets Program (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

This credit is awarded to institutions that host a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the local community, such as an off-campus weatherization program.  The institution may then count the reduced emissions from the community towards its own emissions reduction.  The University of Vermont has teamed up with Button Up Vermont (http://buttonupvermont.org/) to host educational workshops designed to help Vermonters understand the steps they can take to make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Gioia Thompson, Office of Sustainability Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
 
Supporting Documents:

N/A