During the spring 2014 semester, the ENVS 187 Campus Sustainability course focused on key operational aspects of campus sustainability using our own campus as a case study. This Service-Learning course was co-taught by Tarah Rowse and Elizabeth Palchak with Gioia Thompson as the lead instructor.
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The University of Vermont has received the prestigious STARS gold rating, the highest designation, from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
When I first found out that we were going to Pittsburgh for the (now) annual Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) conference, several thoughts crossed my mind. First, as always, I was excited to check out a new city. Second, I thought that there might not be much to check out. Visions of a ghost town caused by the abandonment of the steel industry (and now facing the threat of hydrofracking for natural gas), similar to towns in MI abandoned by car industry, flooded my mind.
The Planning, Administration & Engagement (PAE) section of STARS covers the policy side of sustainability efforts on campus. This includes: coordination and planning, diversity and affordability; human resources; investment; and public engagement.
The following summary pie chart illustrates how many points UVM may get for each credit by the amount that each piece of the pie is filled in:
The Campus Sustainability course has been offered since spring 2005 through the Environmental Program. First taught as a special topics course by various UVM staff and faculty members, it received a permanent course code of ENVS 187 in 2011.