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The University of Vermont's Grounds Services have made an effort to reduce the environmental impact of its landscaping and snow-removal work, while maintaining an aesthetically-pleasing and safe campus.

These efforts include: reducing the amount of sand and salt used to remove snow in the wintertime; having an Integrated Pest Management plan; maintaining natural areas; composting yard waste from landscaping work; and trying to integrate native and arid plants on campus.

 

OP Credit 9: Integrated Pest Management (1.31/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 9 recognizes institutions that have an integrated pest management plan. UVM’s Ground Department monitors 200 acres of campus grounds under its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Plan. The IPM Plan monitors and identifies pests, takes preventative measures, and controls pest outbreaks. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having all campus grounds covered by a four-tiered integrated pest management plan. UVM would receive 1.31 out of 2 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Rosemarie Leland, Grounds Supervisor
UVM Physical Plant Department
 

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Native Plants (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that use native plants in landscaping. The UVM Grounds department prioritizes planting native species that thrive in the local environment. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by prioritizing the use of native plants in all maintained campus grounds. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Rosemarie Leland, Grounds Supervisor
UVM Physical Plant Department
 

Credit 2: Wildlife Habitat (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that protect wildlife habitats. UVM’s nine natural areas provide significant wildlife habitat. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having programs in place to protect or create habitat for wildlife on institution-owned land. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Lani Ravin, Associate Planner
Campus Planning Services
 

Credit 3: Tree Campus USA (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 3 recognizes institutions that are recognized by the Tree Campus USA program. UVM was recently recognized as the second institutions of higher education in Vermont to receive the Tree Campus USA distinction. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree Campus USA program. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Rosemarie Leland, Grounds Supervisor
UVM Physical Plant Department
 

Credit 4: Snow and Ice Removal (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have reduced the environmental impacts of snow and ice removal. In 2007 UVM began using magic salt as a nontoxic, bio-degradable way to remove snow and ice on campus. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by implementing technologies to minimize the effects on the environmental of snow and ice removal. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Rosemarie Leland, Grounds Supervisor
UVM Physical Plant Department
 

Credit 5: Landscape Waste Composting (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 5 recognizes institutions that compost grounds waste. UVM composts all landscape and yard waste. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by composting or mulching all waste from maintained campus grounds. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Rosemarie Leland, Grounds Supervisor
UVM Physical Plant Department