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Coordination and Planning

The University of Vermont's Office of Sustainability, which was established in 2008, has 2 full-time staff and 4 part-time graduate fellows.  The Director of the Office of Sustainability, Gioia Thompson, reports to the VP of Finance and Administration.

Although UVM is an environmental university, many of the efforts and initiatives around sustainability are not formally written down in a Sustainability Plan.  Some formally adapted policies include: LEEDTM Silver minimum for all new construction and major renovation; a Climate Action Plan; and both short- and long-term sustainability plans in both the Strategic and the Physical Campus Plans.

 

PAE Credit 1: Sustainability Coordination (3/3)

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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’s Office of Sustainability was created in 2008 after President Fogel signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007.  The Office was created with the mission to “foster sustainable development and promote environmental responsibility at the University of Vermont by strategically bridging the academic activities of teaching, research, and outreach with the operations of the University.”

In addition to tracking the environmental sustainability of the university, the office engages the student and local communities in sustainability-related education and projects. UVM would receive 3 out of 3 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Albert Turgeon, Senior Strategist for Enterprise Risk and Planning
Office of the VP of Finance and Administration
 
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PAE Credit 2: Strategic Plan (4/6)

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

In 2008, UVM’s Board of Trustees approved the university’s Strategic Plan, which covers the time frame of 2009-2013.  The title and theme of this plan, Sustaining the Advance, is based on the need for the university to strengthen its previous work and continue as a premier small research institution. 

The plan clearly focuses on economic and social sustainability, by addressing these issues in the recommended actions in all of the outlined goals.  However, although the overarching vision of UVM includes environmental sustainability, the plan only directly specifies sustainability under the “Student Experience” section by mentioning environmental stewardship.

UVM would receive 4 out of the 6 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Albert Turgeon, Senior Strategist for Enterprise Risk and Planning
Office of the VP of Finance and Administration
 

PAE Credit 3: Physical Campus Plan (4/4)

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's campus master plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2006, addresses all growth and development of the physical campus until 2015 when it will be reapproved. The plan uses six guiding principles of academic, diversity, open space, connectivity, quality of campus life and services, and sustainability as a framework for all future work on campus.

The idea of sustainability is considered throughout the document, which states that “all actions, from day-to-day decisions to long-range planning and capital projects, must be aligned with the University's ethic of environmental sustainability.”  UVM would receive 4 out of 4 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Linda Seavey, Director
Campus Planning Services
 
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PAE Credit 4: Sustainability Plan (0/3)

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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 currently does not have a Sustainability Plan, either informal or formally adopted.  There are no current plans at the university to develop a Sustainability Plan.

While the Strategic Plan does address multiple issues of sustainability, it does not include corresponding strategies and timelines to meet sustainability goals, and thus does not meet the criteria under this credit. Therefore, UVM would receive 0 out of 3 possible points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Albert Turgeon, Senior Strategist for Enterprise Risk and Planning
UVM Office of the VP of Finance and Administration
 
Supporting Documents:

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PAE Credit 5: Climate Plan (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.

UVM’s Office of Sustainability team has been working on a climate action plan for several years to meet the requirements of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), which President Fogel signed onto in 2007.  The process has included acquiring information from various sources as well as consulting with members of the campus community, including faculty, students, and staff.

The plan was officially submitted to the ACUPCC in December of 2010 and was  presented to the Board of Trustees at the Feburary 2011 meeting.  You can view it here.

UVM also has a “Caring about Climate Change” website, which states that the “Office of Sustainability is working closely with other academic institutions in the Northeast to catalyze cross-fertilization of ideas and problem-solving with regards to the challenges of maintaining an accurate greenhouse gas inventory on which to base a realistic climate action plan.”  Additional information about this plan in process can be found at the “Caring about Climate Change” website.

UVM would receive 2 out of the 2 possible points for this credit.

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