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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)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 1 recognizes institutions that have a sustainability committee, office, and/or coordinator that are tasked by the administration or board of trustees to advise on and implement policies and programs related to sustainability on campus. UVM has a sustainability committee, an Office of Sustainability, and a sustainability director. The sustainability committee is made up of UVM’s senior leaders, who solicit community ideas. Gioia Thompson, the Director of the Office of Sustainability, reports to the VP for Academic Affairs and the VP of Finance and oversees the workings of the Office in conjunction with a sustainability projects coordinator,  graduate student fellows and undergraduate interns. Based on the STARS calculations for this credit through the existence of a committee, office, and/or officer that advise on and implement policies and programs that focus on sustainability broadly, UVM would receive 3.00 out of 3.00 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

Office of Sustainability

 
Supporting Documents:

PAE Credit 2: Strategic Plan (4/6)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 2 recognizes institutions that have a current, formally adopted strategic plan or equivalent guiding document covering the entire institution that includes sustainability in economic, social and environmental dimensions. UVM’s university-wide strategic plan incorporates a holistic goal of sustainability by promoting continuous strategic planning and implementation of well-devised actions designed to sustain, promote, and measure academic creativity, research breakthroughs, and impacts; promoting student affordability, advancing institutional quality and value, and maintaining financial sustainability for the institution; and promoting financial access as well as strong academic support. Based on the STARS calculations, institutions earn the maximum points for this credit for including the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainability at a high level in the strategic plan. UVM would receive 4 out of 6 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

Office of Sustainability

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

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 3 recognizes institutions whose current plan for its physical campus includes sustainability at a high level. UVM’s campus master plan, adopted in 2006, includes sustainability in areas including Architectural Strategies & Materials, Light Filled Public Spaces, Building Materials, Landscape Materials & Standards, Plant Materials, Pedestrian Paths, and Alternative Energy Development among other things. Based on the STARS criteria for this credit which require incorporation of sustainability at a high level in a physical campus plan, UVM would receive 4 out of 4 for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

Office of Sustainability

PAE Credit 4: Sustainability Plan (0/3)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 4 recognizes institutions that have a sustainability plan developed with input from faculty, staff, and students. Such a plan must include measurable goals covering multiplesustainability topics and issues with corresponding strategies and timeframesto achieve such goals. UVM does not have a sustainability plan at this time.. Based on the STARS criteria for this credit which require a separate sustainability plan, UVM would receive 0 out of 3 credits for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

Office of Sustainability

 
Supporting Documents:

PAE Credit 5: Climate Plan (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 5 recognizes institutions that have a formal plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions that has been adopted by the institution’s administration. The plan must include measurable, numerical goals or goals and a corresponding date or dates by which the institution aims to achieve its goal(s). UVM’s climate plan, formally adopted in 2010, includes long-term goals of reaching net zero electricity by 2015, reaching net zero heating, cooling and fleet by 2020, and addressing all remaining major sources by 2025. Its short-term goals include exploring local renewable energy credits to offset electricity usage on campus. Based on the STARS criteria for this credit requiring such a plan to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions to exist, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

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