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Human Resources

The University of Vermont offers programs to assist its employees with personal well-being, including providing sustainable wages, on-campus child care, opportunities for professional development, a wellness program and much more.

Read more about these specific programs and initiatives below.

 

PAE Credit 11: Sustainable Compensation (7.91/8)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 11 recognizes institutions that evaluate its guidelines for contractors operating on campus at least once every three years to ensure that total compensation for all on-campus workers is sufficient to enable employees to meet their basic needs, and updates compensation appropriately. In 2006, UVM set the livable wage for UVM employees at $12.28 after adjusting the basic needs budget identified by the State of Vermont Joint Fiscal Office to account for health and dental,  life insurance and savings benefits offered to UVM employees. Approximately 98% of staff are paid at or above the $12.28 wage. In 2006 and 2009, UVM conducted a basic needs analysis based on the livable wage work done by the State of Vermont Joint Fiscal Office and established a socially conscious floor in wage of $11.15 for lower paid positions.. The total compensation for the institution’s lowest-paid workers was last evaluated in 2009 to ensure that it was sustainable. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn maximum points for this credit when all employees working on campus receive sustainable compensation. UVM would receive 7.91 out of 8 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

 

PAE Credit 12: Employee Satisfaction Evaluation (0/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 12 recognizes institutions that conduct an evaluation that allows for anonymous feedback at least once every five years to measure employee satisfaction. Presently, although there is a Campus Climate Survey, no employee satisfaction survey is conducted; however, an employee satisfaction survey is intended to become established in the upcoming years. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of an employee satisfaction evaluation, UVM would receive 0 out of 2 points for this credit. 

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

PAE Credit 13: Staff Professional Development in Sustainability (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 13 recognizes institutions that make available training and/or other professional development opportunities in sustainability to all staff at least once per year. Several sessions related to sustainability are offered as part of the annual UVM staff conference. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the availability of such sessions devoted to professional development in sustainability, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Tara Messier, Administrative Professional Sr.

Human Resources Learning Services

PAE Credit 14: Sustainability in New Employee Orientation (0/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 14 recognizes institutions that cover sustainability topics in new employee orientation and/or in outreach and guidance materials distributed to new employees. Currently, UVM does not distribute any such materials at New Employee Orientation. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring inclusion of sustainability topics in new employee orientation, UVM would receive 0 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Tara Messier, Administrative Professional Sr.

Human Resources Learning Services

Supporting Documents:

PAE Credit 15: Employee Sustainability Educators Program (0/5)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 15 recognizes institutions that administer or oversee an ongoing faculty/staff peer-to-peer sustainability outreach and education program in which employee sustainability educators are formally designated and receive formal training or participate in an institution-sponsored orientation. UVM does not administer any such faculty-staff sustainability outreach and education program. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of such program, UVM would receive 0 out of 5 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Pooja Kanwar, Performance and Tracking Fellow

Office of Sustainability

Supporting Documents:

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Childcare (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-4 recognizes institutions that have an on-site child care facility, partners with a local facility, and/or provides subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students, faculty, and staff. The UVM Campus Children’s Center, established in 1990, is a full-time social-constructivist program for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Its dual mission is to provide schooling for children of university staff and faculty and to provide a practicum site for Early Childhood majors. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence on an on-site child care facility to help meet the child care needs of the UVM community, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

Supporting Documents:

Credit 2: Employee Wellness Program (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-5 recognizes institutions that have an employee assistance or wellness program that provides counseling, referral, and well-being services to employees. The University of Vermont’s Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs are provided through a working partnership with The Wellness Corporation. These programs provide a broad variety of services to the families of UVM faculty and staff, including 24/7 access to Wellness Corporation’s WorkLife Program, in-Person counseling, budget and debt counseling, legal consultations by phone, and a new-parent transition coaching program, among many others. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of employee assistance or wellness programs, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources

Credit 3: Socially Responsible Retirement Plan (0.25/0.25)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit T2-6 recognizes institutions that offer a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans. TIAA-CREF is the Teacher’s Insurance and Annuity Association and College Retirement Equities Funds. TIAA’s Traditional Annuity, as well as several different variable annuities offered by CREF and TIAA Real Estate Portfolio, give options to UVM faculty/staff in order to make sound, responsible investments in order to build a reliable retirement fund. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring an offered a socially responsible investment option for retirement plans, UVM would receive 0.25 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Barbara Johnson, Associate Vice President

Human Resources