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About 83% of UVM's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from energy to power and heat/cool the campus, making energy efficiency and conservation a priority in UVM's climate action plan.  In addition, as a 'large emitter', UVM had to start reporting its GHG emissions from fuels burned on site to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) starting in January of 2010.  The Energy Management Office at UVM helps the University come up with new ways to conserve energy on campus.

UVM's emissions are a result of both the fossil fuels burned on campus for heating and cooling as well as purchased electricity.  On campus, UVM burns natural gas and some heating oil at its Central Heating Plant (CHP) for heating and cooling its buildings.  Most buildings on the main campus are heated via steam from the CHP, with the exception of a few buildings that have their own generators.

To power its buildings on the main campus in Burlington UVM purchases electricity from the Burlington Electric Department (BED).  Green Mountain Power (GMP) supplies power to UVM buildings that are located in South Burlington and Colchester.  However, BED and GMP buy electricity from the Northeast grid.

Most states have requirements for utilities to purchase a certain percentage from renewable sources.  These renewable attributes are traded as Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) on the market.  This is standard practice to avoid double counting of the renewable attributes of electricity production.

UVM uses the Northeast grid electricity mix emission factor rather than the much lower emission factor from the BED or GMP.  Within the Northeast grid the renewable attributes of the electricity are traded separately from the electrons themselves.

OP Credit 7: Building Energy Consumption (4.26/8)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 7 recognizes institutions that have reduced total building energy consumption. UVM tracks building energy consumption through the use of utility tracking software. Although total building space increased from 2005- 2012, UVM reduced its overall building energy consumption by about 25% during this time. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by achieving a 50% or larger reduction in building energy consumption per gross square foot compared to a 2005 baseline. UVM would receive 4.26 out of 8 points for this credit. 

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

OP Credit 8: Clean and Renewable Energy (1.56/7)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 8 recognizes institutions that incorporate clean and renewable energy sources. UVM tracks clean and renewable energy consumption with utility tracking software. UVM has implemented on-campus solar photovoltaic panels, off-campus solar trackers, and purchased Class II Renewable Energy Certificates. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by obtaining all energy from clean and renewable sources. UVM would receive 1.56 out of 7 points for this credit. 

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

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Timers for Temperature Control (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that have implemented timers to regulate building temperature. UVM has implemented a time scheduling program to regulate temperature and ventilation of most large con-campus buildings. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points by using any automated system to regulate temperature in at least one building on campus. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

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

Credit 2: Lighting Sensors (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that use light sensors to reduce energy use. UVM has an occupancy-based system for lights in buildings throughout campus. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by using sensors to reduce energy use for lighting in at least one building on campus. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director
UVM Office of Sustainability 

Credit 3: LED Lighting (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 3 recognizes institutions that use Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. Since 2011, UVM has replaced many exterior light fixtures with LED technology. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for having at least one lighting application with LED technology. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

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

Credit 4: Vending Machine Sensors (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have installed vending machine motion sensors. UVM uses machine motion sensors that power down after 15 minutes of inactivity in 80 vending machines on campus. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having machine sensors in at least one vending machine on campus. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

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

Credit 5: Energy Management System (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 5 recognizes institutions that have a centralized energy management system. The majority of the large buildings at UVM are on the central heating and cooling plant, which monitors temperature and ventilation. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by using a centralized energy management system to track energy consumption for multiple buildings. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

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

Credit 6: Energy Metering (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 6 recognizes institutions that meter energy consumption. UVM tracks all energy consumption in the Davis Center with the building dashboard system. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by metering all energy consumption for at least on building on campus. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

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