University of Vermont

Green Dorm

NECSC Session 3 Presentations

Track 1: Energy, Buildings & Transportation


Transportation Demand Management

Lead: Rochelle Owen, Director of Sustainability at Dalhousie University


  • Mary Ellen Mallia, Director of Environmental Sustainability at State University of New York at Albany
  • Rachel Sholly, Energy Fellow Coordinator at the University of Rhode Island
Transportation Demand Management programs contribute to employee wellness; reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs), criteria air contaminants, and landscape impacts; and can offer economic benefits such as parking development avoidance. Join us for real university case studies from Rhode Island, New York, and Nova Scotia as we explore the following questions: Why we focused on Sustainable Transport, What we did? What Worked? What could be improved? Particular focus will be provided on the three university initiatives. University of Rhode Island's comprehensive commuting survey strategy included six web-based and four visual surveys conducted between Spring 2006 and Spring 2009.  Results will be presented on commuting trends and behaviors, GHG impacts, and future program suggestions. The University at Albany is using geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS) to understand commuting patterns and examine the current use of alternative transportation systems. An overview of the study and future investigation will be discussed. Dalhousie University has used a campus wide survey, formation of a TDM committee, GIS mapping, financing plans, and internal and external partnership development to build the Business case for TDM programs.

Track 2: Culture & Food

Eco-Reps Workshop

Lead: Christina Erickson, Sustainability Coordinator at Champlain College and
           Sustainability Graduate Fellow at University of Vermont


  • Keisha Payson, Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin/EcoRep Program Coordinator at Bowdoin College
  • Josh Stoffel, Sustainability Coordinator/Eco-Reps Program Coordinator at University of Massachusetts- Amherst

Many campuses now have student peer education programs promoting sustainable living practices. Are these programs meeting our current needs? How might they evolve to meet future needs? What are the needs of program coordinators as programs evolve? What training opportunities do students and/or program coordinators need as programs evolve?Join several Eco-Reps Program Coordinators for a guided discussion on how our programs are working and where they are going in the future.


This discussion panel did not use Powerpoint for their presentations.

Track 3: Leadership, Service & Community Connections

Sustainability in the curricula: integrating, teaching and learning an old topic with
new eyes
Lead: Jack Byrne, Director of the Sustainability Integration Office at Middlebury College
  • Stephanie Kaza, Professor of Environmental Studies at UVM
  • Tom Mauhs-Pugh, Dean of Faculty at Green Mountain College
This panel will discuss their experiences developing, teaching and revising sustainability concepts and skills into existing courses and in creating new ones. They will share perspectives on how sustainability is defined and applied in various disciplines, how it facilitates transdisciplinarity and the challenges it poses, the types of learning outcomes that are relevant to the topic, and methods of teaching sustainability that have been effective. Panelists will also describe efforts to support faculty in other disciplines to learn about sustainability and to weave it into their courses.


This discussion panel did not use Powerpoint for their presentations.

Track 4: Planning & Communications


Sustainability Surveys & Rankings

Lead: Jacob Park, Associate Professor of Business Strategy and Sustainability at Green Mountain College


  • James Salo, Vice President of Strategy and Research  at Trucost
  • Paul Rowland, Executive Director of AASHE
Sustainability surveys and rankings (e.g. Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll, Sustainable Endowments Institute’s, etc.) are becoming important factors in determining the reputation of campus sustainability programs. Yet, concerns and questions have been expressed about the rapid rise in the number, quality, and what lessons should be drawn from these sustainability surveys and rankings.  Please join James Salo, one of the principal architects of the recently launched Green Rankings in Newsweek magazine, an environmental ranking of the 500 largest companies in the U.S. and Paul Rowland, Executive Director of AASHE, which unveiled its own Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) in an interactive discussion on the use and application of sustainability surveys and rankings in college and university campuses today.