Our university's commitment to energy conservation and climate action goes way back. A revolving loan fund was created in 1992. An inventory of climate-changing gases associated with university operations was conducted in 2002 as part of the Tracking UVM report, showing emissions increases between 1990 and 2000. Since then many members of the community of faculty, students and staff have participated in processes leading to a target date for climate neutrality, as well as the actions already undertaken to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
In 2007 University of Vermont President Daniel Mark Fogel signed the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and created the Office of Sustainability shortly afterwards. In December 2010 UVM committed to climate neutrality by 2025, and published a preliminary plan that resides on the ACUPCC site.
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View UVM's Climate Action Plan through the ACUPCC site:
or download it here.
Please note that UVM's 2010 Climate Action Plan does not include air travel emissions (from Study Abroad and directly financed travel), which in 2011 accounted for 21% of UVM's emissions.