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Public Engagement

The University of Vermont is involved in promoting sustainability both on and off campus.  UVM is involved with the Burlington Legacy Project, promotes community service participation for its students, and has a Community-University Partnerships & Service-Learning (CUPS) office that provides Service-Learning opportunities for students.

UVM's Office of Sustainability participates in the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network, which has biannual meetings and collaborates on projects.

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PAE Credit 19: Community Sustainability Partnership (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 19 recognizes institutions that have formal partnerships with the local community, including school districts, government agencies, non-profit organizations, or other entities, to work together to advance sustainability within the community. For the past six academic years, the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources (RSENR) at UVM has worked closely with UVM’s Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) to support community engagement in the School. 
In the 2012-13 academic year, there were 30 service-learning courses in RSENR. Students engaged in over 130 distinct service-learning projects in 2012-2013 through partnerships with at least 90 different community groups, nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, municipalities, UVM departments, and state and federal agencies. In addition to the service-learning, many RSENR students engage in internships, especially in the summer, for up to 6 academic credits. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the existence of such formal partnerships with the local community to advance sustainability, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Elise Schadler, Coordinator for Community-Based Learning

Rubenstein School for the Environment and Natural Resources

PAE Credit 20: Inter-Campus Collaboration on Sustainability (2/2)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 20 recognizes institutions that collaborate with other colleges and universities to support and help build the campus sustainability community. A meeting of the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCSN) brought togetherrepresentatives from several Vermont colleges, including UVM, to focus on "building local partnerships in sustainability." The meeting, hosted at Green Mountain College, included presentations about college initiatives, as well as discussion of how higher education can contribute to building green workforce capacity, providing residential energy efficiency audits, and disseminating knowledge of sustainability practices and opportunities. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring such collaboration with other colleges and universities to help build the campus sustainability community, UVM would receive 2 out of 2 points for this credit.

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

PAE Credit 21: Sustainability in Continuing Education (6.59/7)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 21 recognizes institutions that (1) offer continuing education courses that are focused on or related to sustainability and (2) have a sustainability-related certificate program through their continuing education or extension department. 7 of UVM’s 78 continuing education courses offered either focus on or are related to sustainability. Furthermore, sustainability-related certificate programs through UVM’s continuing education or extension department include the Breakthrough Leaders Program on Sustainable Food Systems, Campus Sustainability Leadership, Campus Sustainable Innovation, the Farmer Training Program, the Food Systems Summit Public Conference, Sustainable Business, and Sustainable Innovation. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn maximum points for this credit by (1) having sustainability courses comprise 10 or more percent of all continuing education courses offered and (2) having a certificate program that is sustainability-related through their continuing education or extension department. UVM would receive 6.59 out of 7 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Maureen Schake, Program Planner

Continuing and Distance Education

Supporting Documents:

PAE Credit 22: Community Service Participation (2.98/6)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 22 recognizes institutions that engage their student body in community service, as measured by the percentage of students who participate in community service. Of UVM’s 11,250 students, 5,585 engage in community service. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn the maximum points for this credit by engaging their entire student body in community service. UVM would receive 2.98 out of 6 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Laura Megivern, Student Life Professional

Student Life

PAE Credit 23: Community Service Hours (1.96/6)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 23 recognizes institutions that engage students in community service, as measured by average hours contributed per full-time student per year. With a student population of 11,250, the number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period by UVM students is 73,500. Based on STARS calculations, institutions earn maximum points for this credit by engaging their students in an average of 20 hours of community service per year. UVM would receive 1.96 out of 6 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Laura Megivern, Student Life Professional

Student Life

PAE Credit 24: Sustainability Policy Advocacy (4/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 24 recognizes institutions that advocate for federal, state, or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance sustainability. The bottled water ban throughout campus, use of recycled toilet papers, the Follow the Leaf campaign for sustainable purchases, and signing onto the National Real Food Challenge, increasing local, organic, and fair trade consumption on campus are examples of the many efforts of the Office of Sustainability to advocate for public policy to support campus sustainability. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring the advocacy of such public policies that support campus sustainability, UVM would receive 4 out of 4 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

UVM Office of Sustainability 

PAE Credit 25: Trademark Licensing (2/4)

Description of credit:

STARS Planning, Administration & Engagement Credit 25 recognizes institutions that (1) are members of the Fair Labor Association or Worker Rights Consortium and (2) that have signed on to participate in the Designated Suppliers Program. UVM is currently a member of the Fair Labor Association.. Based on STARS criteria for this credit requiring membership in either of these organizations and for having singed on to participate in the Designated Suppliers Program, UVM would receive 2 out of 4 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:

Gioia Thompson, Director

UVM Office of Sustainability

Tier Two Credits

Credit 1: Graduation Pledge (0/0.25)

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.

Although a number of students signed a graduation pledge that meets these criteria in 2007, UVM does not currently have a graduation pledge for each graduating class.  UVM would get 0 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

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

Credit 2: Community Service on Transcripts (0/0.25)

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.

The University of Vermont does not currently include a record of community service work on students’ transcripts.  UVM would get 0 out of 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Carrie Williams Howe, Director
UVM Community-University Partnerships and Service Learning (CUPS)
 
Marie Vea-Fagnant, Assistant Dean for Student Services & Staff Development
UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources
 
Supporting Documents:

N/A

Credit 3: Farmers' Market (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.

The University of Vermont held an outdoor farmers’ market during Earth Week of 2010.  Although not an official university-sponsored event, the student-organized farmer’s market is organized annually.  UVM would get the full 0.25 points for this credit.

Contact of Responsible Party:
Pat Brown, Director
Department of Student Life