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Waste

UVM tries to reduce its waste from daily operations as well as major construction/renovation projects on campus.  For example, when the LEED Gold student center, the Davis Center, was built a majority (92%) of the construction waste was recycled to create walkways, etc.  In addition, all new materials that were used to build the Davis Center have at least 5% recycled content.

The Eco-reps educate students living in residence halls on how they can reduce their energy and material waste.  The Recycling & Waste Management office runs many waste reduction programs, including Move In and Move Out recycling programs for residential students.

 

OP Credit 17: Waste Reduction (2.05/5)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 17 recognizes institutions that have reduced total waste generation. UVM Recycling and Waste Management tracks and weighs waste generation at the university. In 2012 UVM reduced its total weight of materials disposed as garbage by close to 590 tons compared to a 2005 baseline. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by achieving a 50% or larger reduction in total waste generation compared to a 2005 baseline. UVM would receive 2.05 out of 5 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

OP Credit 18: Waste Diversion (1.34/3)

Description of credit:
STARS Operation Credit 18 recognizes institutions that divert waste from a landfill. UVM Recycling and Waste Management tracks and weighs waste sent to a landfill and waste diverted through the use of recycling and composting. Close to 45% of UVM’s material waste is diverted from a landfill. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by diverting all waste from a landfill or incinerator. UVM would receive 1.34 out of 3 points for this credit. 

 

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

OP Credit 19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion (0.48/1)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 19 recognizes institutions that divert construction and demolitions waste from a landfill. UVM has diverted waste from two recent construction projects by sending metal and cardboard to All Cycle Waste and sending wood materials to the McNeil biomass power plant. Close to 48% of UVM’s construction and demolition waste is diverted from a landfill. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by diverting all non-hazardous construction and demolition waste from a landfill or incinerator. UVM would receive .48 out of 1 point for this credit.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Michelle Smith, Green Building Coordinator
UVM Capital Planning & Management
 

OP Credit 20: Electronic Waste Recycling Program (1/1)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 20 recognizes institutions that have programs in place to recycle electronic waste. At UVM Departments can request for their electronic-waste to be picked up and recycled and there are 20 locations on campus for students to drop off small electronic waste. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having a program to recycle, reuse, and/or refurbish all electronic waste generated by the institution and by students. UVM would receive 1 out of 1 point for this credit.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

OP Credit 21: Hazardous Waste Management (1/1)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 21 recognizes institutions that safely dispose of all hazardous waste. UVM has an environmental safety program to track and regulate all chemicals on campus. In addition, UVM has created a five step environmental management program (EMP) to deal with campus chemicals. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by safely disposing and minimizing the presence of hazardous wastes on campus. UVM would receive 1 out of 1 point for this credit.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Francis Churchill, Assistant Director-Safety &Health
UVM Risk Management and Safety

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Materials Exchange (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that have a materials exchange program. UVM runs an Office Supply Collection and Reuse (OSCAR) program that collects and redistributes office supplies. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having a surplus department or office supplies exchange program to facilitate the reuse of materials. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

Credit 2: Limiting Printing (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that limit printing. Although UVM allows free unlimited printing in some locations, UVM charges for printing in the main library, Bailey/Howe. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by limiting free printing for students in all campus computer labs and libraries. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.  

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

Credit 3: Materials Online (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 3 recognizes institutions that make course materials available online. UVM provides course catalogs, schedules, institution directories, reading and course materials online for students. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having course catalog, course schedule, and directory materials available online. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.   

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

Credit 4: Chemical Reuse Inventory (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have taken a chemical inventory. UVM’s Environmental Safety Department has created a chemical reuse and storage program. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by implementing an inventory system to facilitate the reuse of laboratory chemicals. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.   

Contact of Responsible Party:
Francis Churchill, Assistant Director-Safety &Health
UVM Risk Management and Safety
 

Credit 5: Move-In Waste Reduction (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 5 recognizes institutions that reduce move-in waste. UVM’s Recycling & Waste Management Office coordinates a program at the beginning of the fall semester to encourage students to recycle their cardboard boxes. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having programs in place to reduce move-in waste in residence halls. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.    

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office
 

Credit 6: Move-Out Waste Reduction (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 6 recognizes institutions that reduce move-out waste. UVM’s Recycling & Waste Management Office coordinates a program at the end of the year to encourage students to donate unwanted possessions. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having programs in place to reduce move-out waste in residence halls. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.    

Contact of Responsible Party:
Erica Spiegel, Supervisor
UVM Recycling/Solid Waste Office