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The University of Vermont tracks wastewater usage and has been making progress in reducing water use on campus.  Efforts include installing waterless urinals in bathrooms, automatic sinks, low-flow shower heads in the Davis Center, and water bottle refill stations all over campus.

UVM also has a stormwater runoff reduction policy and tries to plant zone-hardy, perennial, and site-specific native plants whenever possible.

 

OP Credit 22: Water Consumption (5.93/7)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 22 recognizes institutions that have reduced total water consumption per campus user. UVM tracks water use with Burlington Water Department’s utility bills. From 2006- 2012 UVM reduced its total water consumption per campus user by about 25%. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by achieving a 30% or greater reduction in total water consumption per weighted campus user compared to a 2005 baseline. UVM would receive 5.93 out of 7 points for this credit.     

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

OP Credit 23: Stormwater Management (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Credit 23 recognizes institutions that have created policies to reduce stormwater runoff. UVM has a stormwater runoff reduction policy that works to prevent, control, and treat stormwater runoff on campus. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by adopting a stormwater management policy, plan, or strategy that mitigates the impacts of stormwater runoff of ongoing campus operations, new construction, major renovation, and other projects that increase paved surface area on campus. UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.      

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

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Waterless Urinals (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 1 recognizes institutions that have waterless urinals. UVM has installed waterless urinals in the Davis Center and the Jeffords building. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by having at least one waterless urinal on campus. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.      

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

Credit 2: Building Water Metering (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 2 recognizes institutions that meter water consumption. At UVM all occupied buildings have municipal water meters. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by metering building-level water consumption 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: Non-Potable Water Usage (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 3 recognizes institutions that use non-potable water. UVM uses non-potable waste for some on campus irrigation activities. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by using non-potable water for irrigation and/or other applications. 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: Xeriscaping (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 4 recognizes institutions that use xeriscaping landscaping techniques. UVM attempts to plant zone-hardy, drought tolerant, native plants that require less maintenance and water. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by using xeriscaping landscaping techniques, including the selection of drought tolerant plants on maintained 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 5: Weather-Informed Irrigation (.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Operation Tier Two Credit 5 recognizes institutions that use weather-informed irrigation systems. UVM uses rain sensors on its irrigation systems. Based on the STARS calculations institutions earn maximum points for this credit by using weather data or sensors to adjust irrigation practices. UVM would receive .25 out of .25 points for this credit.   

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