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In January 2012, UVM became one of the first institutions nationwide to end the sale of bottled water on campus and mandate that one-third of drinks offered in vending machines be healthy options. The decision marks the advent of a long-awaited systematic sustainable beverage policy after years of lobbying by students and the greater campus community. [Read More]

UVM became the 34th college in the nation to commit to the Sustainable Endowment Institute’s Billion Dollar Green Challenge, agreeing to establish a revolving fund to finance on-campus energy efficiency improvements. UVM's Board of Trustees passed a resolution in February 2012 to  earmark $13 million for the fund, making it the largest challenge to date. Harvard’s $12 million green loan fund had been the largest. [Read More]

UVM became 5th school in the nation to sign the Real Food Campus Commitment in March 2012. [Read More


UVM's Climate Action Plan released in January on the American College & University President's Climate Commitment website


First set of renewable energy education and installation projects approved by VP Finance & Administration Richard Cate and Clean Energy Fund Committee.

Education & Outreach Fellow position funded by UVM’s Clean Energy Fund Committee and filled by James Wilcox.

Two classes, ENVS 195: Special Topics- Campus Sustainability and CDAE 295: Sustainable Development Policy, document, evaluate, and present on AASHE STARS credits in Operations and Planning, Administration, and Engagement categories.


Office moves to Billings Center with the Community-University Partnerships (CUPS) office.  Third edition of The Guide to Green Living at UVM published.  Ranked as 4th “Coolest School” in Sierra magazine’s annual Green College Guide.

Energy Education Fellow position funded through a gift as part of Rocky Mountain Institute’s Accelerating Campus Climate Initiatives and filled by Stephen Posner for 2009-2010 academic year.


Office of Sustainability created, with new full-time “Sustainability Projects Coordinator” position, filled by Mieko Ozeki and three half-time graduate fellow positions, filled by Tatiana Abatemarco, Nell Campbell, and Christina Erickson. Director Gioia Thompson reports to the Vice President of Finance and Administration.  Environmental Council is re-born as the Environmental Forum, meeting monthly as a grassroots and middle management network that supports greening efforts and student involvement. The Eco-Reps Program becomes an official program of the Office of Sustainability.  Received an A- from the Sustainable Endowments Institute in its annual College Sustainability Report Card. Ranked as 3rd “Coolest School” in Sierra magazine’s annual Green College Guide. Selected as one of twelve campuses to receive a visit by Rocky Mountain Institute to address barriers related to climate neutrality. 

Environmental Council Co-Chairs


Stephanie Kaza (1996-2005)

Don Ross (2005-2008)


Dave Punia (1996-1998)

Rich Wolbach (1998-2000)

Ralph Stuart (2000-2006)

Katherine “Deac” Decarreau (2006-2008)


President Fogel signs on to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Second edition of The Guide to Green Living at UVM published.


Small Grants program ceases.  Recycled Paper policy updated committing to purchasing 100% post-consumer, chlorine-free paper for routine copying and printing. Deac took over as staff co-chair in the fall semester. The Environmental Council began an 3 credit academic course on campus sustainability, originally titled “Environmental Management Systems”. This proved a fertile ground for student projects and graduate student experience.


First edition of The Guide to Green Living at UVM published, compiled by Molly Stanton (’06) and Sarah Jane Compton (’06) as part of an undergraduate course on “Campus Sustainability” taught by Emily Baldauf-Wagner (’05) and Jeffrey Gutierrez (’05) in the Spring of 2005.


Eco-Reps Program Pilot supported by Residential Life and the Recycling Office. Begin Small Grants program, funding projects such as reviving the greenhouse at Slade Hall, a Bioretention Rain Garden for Votey Parking Lot, and assistance with a local foods assessment of University Dining Services.


Hosted the Vermont Campus Sustainability conference with funding from EPA grant; UVM Green Building policy established.


Full-time, temporary position becomes full-time permanent position, “Environmental Coordinator”, reporting to the Environmental Council co-chairs and ultimately the Associate Vice President of Facilities and Administrative Services. Office moved to 284 East Ave., co-located with Physical Plant.  Published Tracking UVM report.  Supported Biodiesel Bus project and related research.


As a community stakeholder in the Lab-XL project, the Environmental Council received an EPA grant to support the Tracking UVM project and publication to assess relative environmental impact and community interest in laboratory chemical waste.


Conducted survey of environmental attitudes; environmental course list project by masters’ student Holly Taylor. Ralph Stuart took over as staff co-chair about this time.


Full-time, temporary “Environmental Council Coordinator” position created, filled by Gioia. Position reported to Environmental Council co-chairs and ultimately the Provost.  Office was based in previous 590 Main St. building with the Women’s Agricultural Network and the Center for Sustainable Agriculture.


Published Greening UVM report; Recycled Paper Policy created. Gioia’s master’s thesis was completed about this time and provided the “long version” of the Greening report.


Started campus environmental internships program. Rich Wolbach took over as staff co-chair about this time.


The Environmental Council is formed with Gioia coordinating and staff and faculty co-chairs running the Council and supervising Gioia. The first Council project was to hear presentations from the various environmental programs on campus to provide a baseline scan of campus operation environmental impact. This work was incorporated into Gioia’s master’s thesis.


After attending the Yale University Campus Earth Summit in 1994, Environmental Studies Faculty member, Stephanie Kaza, proposes the Environmental Council at UVM, to fill a gap regarding a bridge between operations and academics on campus greening issues.  The proposal was accepted by Larry Forcier, Dean of School of Natural Resources and Ray Lavigne, Vice President for Administration, and a half-time graduate assistant position was created with funds from the administrative and academic sectors.  Gioia Thompson filled this position and was housed within the Environmental Studies Program in Bittersweet. Original co-chairs were Stephanie Kaza and Dave Punia of the Vice President’s office.