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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:

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 Operation Credit 22 recognizes institutions that have reduced total water consumption. UVM tracks water consumption with the Burlington Water Department's utility bills.  In 2012, UVM reduced its water use by close to 25% per campus user compared to a 2006 baseline (earliest year for which data are available).  Based on the STARS calculations for tracking and waste water, UVM would receive 5.93 out of 7 points for this credit.

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

N/A

OP Credit 23: Stormwater Management (2/2)

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 of Vermont currently has a stormwater runoff reduction policy that “uses best management practices to prevent, control, and treat stormwater runoff on campus.”  The policies aim to mitigate runoff for new construction and regular campus operations.  The university has a permit from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Conservation.  UVM would receive 2 out or 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Linda Seavey, Director
Campus Planning Services
 

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Waterless Urinals (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 installed waterless urinals in the two new LEED buildings: the Davis Center and the Jeffords building.  The Davis Center also has water-efficient toilets that use only about 1.6 gallons of water per flush, which reduces water usage in the building.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Michelle Smith 
Green Building Coordinator
 

Credit 2: Building Water 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 the wastewater and sewage by building; therefore, would receive the full 0.25 points.

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

N/A

Credit 3: Non-Potable Water Usage (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 waters the athletic fields and the main green lawn on campus using graywater.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 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:

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 tries to plant zone-hardy, site-specific native plants and plants that require less maintenance and water, including drought tolerant plants.  UVM also tries to plant zone-hardy, site-specific native plants as well as perennials on campus.  UVM would receive the full 0.25 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:

Note: This page displays data from a 2009 pilot study.  Updated, official data for UVM's STARS submission will be available in early 2014.

This Tier Two credit recognizes institutions that use weather data or sensors to inform irrigation practices.  The University of Vermont uses rain sensors on our irrigation systems and therefore would receive 0.25/0.25 for this credit. 

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

N/A