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The Office of Sustainability is professionally affiliated with the following organizations:

AASHE Logo  "The Association for the Advancement of Sustainabbilty in Higher Education (AASHE) is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Our mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research" -from AASHE's About page

UVM has been an institutional member of AASHE since 2006. Students, staff, and faculty can access member-only resources by creating an account with their UVM email address.


ACUPCC Logo  "The American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) is a high-visibility effort to address global climate disruption undertaken by a network of colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from specified campus operations, and to promote the research and educational efforts of higher education to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. Its mission is to accelerate progress towards climate neutrality and sustainability by empowering the higher education sector to educate students, create solutions, and provide leadership-by-example for the rest of society." from ACUPCC's About: MIssion & History page.

President Daniel Fogel signed the President's Climate Commitment in 2007, which set in motion the establishment of the Office of Sustainability. UVM is one of the few institutions that have publicly reported its greenhouse gas emissions since 1990, which can be found on the ACUPCC Reporting System.


 "The Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium (NECSC) was established in October 2004 to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Organized around the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the NECSC members have committed to an annual meeting that advances campus sustainability by providing close networking opportunities, professional development, and access to the areas vibrant and growing college and university sustainability practitioner community. The NECSC represents more than forty institutions of higher education from the northeast United States and Eastern Canadian Provinces." - from Yale's NECSC page.

Gioia Thompson, UVM Sustainability Director, has been a steering committee member since the group was established; representing Vermont institutions. NECSC steering committee members have committed to a decade of annual gatherings. UVM hosted the 6th Annual NECSC Conference on October 26-27, 2009; with over 130 sustainability professionals in attendance from the Northeast region.


VCSN logo  "The Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCSN), formerly called the Vermont Campus Energy Group (VCEG), is a campus resource promoting energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability at Vermont institutions of higher education. VCSN is a platform for stimulating an inclusive dialogue on sustainability efforts within the state. VCSN is hosted by the UVM Office of Sustainability, with funding through Efficiency Vermont. 

VCSN promotes environmental awareness and action on Vermont’s campuses and within Vermont’s larger communities through the free exchange of information, focused education and events, creative collaborations, and specific projects and initiatives. We believe that Vermont’s campus communities have the knowledge, will, and resources to lead society-at-large to a more just, equitable, and environmentally sustainable future."  - from VCSN's About page.

UVM's Office of Sustainability coordinates VCSN's biannual meetings and publishes its bi-monthly newsletters.

Burlington Legacy Project  "The Burlington Legacy Project is a partnership effort aimed to bring the Legacy Action Plan, Burlington’s vision for sustainability in 2030, to life. The Plan, reflective of input from hundreds of community members, is based on five major themes: economy, neighborhoods, governance, youth and life skills, and environment." -from BLP's Home page.

Gioia Thompson serves on the steering committee of the Burlington Legacy Project.