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Physical Plant Department

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Sustainability and the Physical Plant

For nearly three decades, the UVM Physical Plant Department has been leading the campus in sustainability initiatives. Recycling & waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation and upgrading the campus buildings have long been a part of our Department's core mission. Our staff continue to play a vital role in advancing UVM's current sustainability and environmental stewardship programs. Here are a few of the initiatives and programs we've implemented over the years: 

Recycling and Waste Reduction

  • Diverting over 45% of our waste stream through our award winning Recycling Program.
  • Piloting and managing the first Eco-Reps program in 2004, which has since been made permanent in the UVM Office of Sustainability.
  • Installing & retrofitting drinking fountains on campus with bottle filling stations to encourage reusable water bottle use

Energy Management, Efficiency and Conservation Initiatives

Grounds Management 

Automotive & Fleet Maintenance

  • Use of Electric GEM cars
  • Reduced number of vehicles in fleet and reduced travel time through Zone Maintenance structure.
  • Heating the Automotive services garage with waste oil

Maintaining our LEED and Historic Buildings

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