University of Vermont

UVM Green Buildings

Requirements and Procedures

At Convocation in 2005, President Daniel Mark Fogel approved the "Environmental Design in New and Renovated Buildings" policy, requiring that all new construction and major renovation projects be formally commissioned, as well as meet the equivalent of the "Certified" level of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) New Construction rating system. In 2007, after signing the American University and College Presidential Climate Commitment Challenge, the policy was revised to require that all new construction and major renovation projects meet the the equivqalent of the "Silver" level rating. The U.S. Green Building awards LEED certification, in ascending order, at the Certificate, Silver, Gold, and Platinum levels.

UVM Green Building Policy (in PDF format)

UVM has set a goal to recycle at least 50% of construction and demolition waste on all minor projects and 75% of waste on new construction and major renovation projects. To meet this goal, planning should begin at the earliest stages of project development. Nearly everything in a building can be diverted from the landfill; projects in Vermont have surpassed 90% diversion rates when measured by weight! Click on the following link to read tips on how to plan ahead.

Project Planning Narrative (in Word format)

Once a waste-diversion plan has been established a Walkthrough Checklist is a great tool to assist in estimating the types and quantities of materials that will be removed from a project. A sample checklist can be found here:

Sample Walkthrough Checklist (in Excel format)

Another way to plan ahead is to update project specifications to include green building language that articulates waste diversion and recycling requirements. The following link provides a Word document specification template that can be tailored to suit any new construction or renovation project for Section 01524-5,Construction Waste Management.

Waste Specification Template (in Word format)

The following link provides the Cook Commons Renovation Project Waste Management Plan as an example of how to include the online data tracking tool requirements in the planning process (front ends).

Cook Commons Specifications (in Word format)

The following link provides a number of signs that can be printed out and used as labels for your dumpsters- for recycling and for waste.

Waste Container Signs

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