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The University of Vermont makes a strong effort to support sustainable goods and services, although many of these efforts are not specifically outlined in formal University policies.  For example, University Dining Services purchases as much local, organic, Fair Trade, and sustainably raised/harvested food for its food offerings as possible.  UVM also tries to support the local economy by purchasing many Vermont-made products and sourcing local labor.

 

OP Credit 10: Computer Purchasing (0.5/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 10 recognizes institutions that have purchased an Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT). UVM’s Computer Depot offers desktops, computers, and notebooks that are EPEAT-rated. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having a stated preference to purchase EPEAT computers and monitors and by purchasing exclusively EPEAT Gold computers and monitors. UVM would receive .5 out of 2 points for this credit. 

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

OP Credit 11: Cleaning Product Purchasing (1.9/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 11 recognizes institutions that purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products. UVM Custodial Service tracks product expenditures and has spent close to 94% of its cleaning product expenditures on Green Seal and/or EcoLogo certified products. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having a stated preference to and by purchasing Green Seal™ or EcoLogoTM cleaning products. UVM would receive 1.9 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Leslye Kornegay, Director
Custodial Services

OP Credit 12: Office Paper Purchasing (.5/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 12 recognizes institutions that purchase recycled paper. As part of a contract with Staples, UVM has committed to purchasing 30% Staples multi-purpose paper and 100% Cascades copy paper. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having a state preference to and by purchasing recycled office paper. UVM would receive .5 out of 2 points for this credit.

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

OP Credit 13: Vendor Code of Conduct (0/1)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 13 recognizes institutions that have a vendor code of conduct. Although UVM does not have a vendor code of conduct, campus vendors are expected to comply with UVM practices and procedure for social and environmental responsibility. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having and acting on a vendor code of conduct that relates to the social and environmental responsibility of the institution’s vendors. UVM would receive 0 out of 1 point for this credit. 

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

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Historically Underutilized Businesses (0/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that support historically underrepresented businesses. UVM does not currently support underutilized businesses. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by supporting or giving preference to underutilized, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses. UVM would receive 0 out of .25 points for this credit.

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

Credit 2: Local Businesses (0/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that give preferences to local businesses. UVM does not currently give preference to local products and businesses. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by giving preference to local products and businesses in their purchasing decisions. UVM would receive 0 out of .25 points for this credit.

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