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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 (4.71/8)

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 7 recognizes institutions that have reduced their energy use per square foot compared to 2005.

By 2012, UVM had reduced its energy use per square foot by almost 30% relative to fiscal year 2005. According to the STARS accredidation system, UVM would receive 4.71 out of 8 possible points.

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

N/A

OP Credit 8: Renewable Energy (0/7)

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 8 awards up to 7 points  to universities and colleges that use clean and renewable sources of energy.

Currently, the University has one demonstration wind turbine and a photovoltaic array display that produce <1 % of campus annual electricity use.  UVM purchased Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) from the Burlington Electric Department (BED) in 2013.  This credit is presently is the process of being calucated.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Richard Wolbach, Energy Management Engineer
UVM Physical Plant Department
 

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Timers for Temperature Control (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.

Temperature and ventilation of most large buildings is controlled using a time scheduling program; therefore, UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

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

Credit 2: Lighting Sensors (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.

UVM has an occupancy-based system for lights and localized fan systems, which are most effective in bathrooms, kitchens, lounges, and some classrooms where occupancy is sporadic.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

Office of Sustainability

Credit 3: LED Lighting (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.

Since 2011, UVM has replaced 1300 lamps in its exterior light fixtures with high performance, energy saving LED fixtures.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

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

N/A

Credit 4: Vending Machine Sensors (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.

UVM uses the Vending Miser system in 80 vending machines.  Machines that do not have perishable foods power down lighting and cooling after 15 minutes of inactivity, but will turn on periodically to cool beverages.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

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

Credit 5: Energy Management System (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.

The University manages most large buildings on campus through the central heating and cooling plant, which has a control system for temperature and ventilation.  At UVM, most of the large buildings are on the central heating and cooling plant, which has a control system for temperature and ventilation.  The control system uses a scheduling program with specific set points, which eliminates human error and controls energy use of all major buildings on campus.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

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

Credit 6: Energy Metering (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.

UVM monitors all energy consumption for the Davis Center with the building dashboard system, and the system will also be implemented in the renovated Aiken Center. UVM would receive the full 0.25 points.

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