View from Ira Allen Chapel

The Clean Energy Fund vision of supporting a transition to cleaner energy sources and wiser use of energy includes installing visible new campus systems that would generate cleaner energy and galvanize interest and attention.

The first infrastructure projects funded by the CEF focused on solar photovoltaics: 17 solar trackers on Spear Street; solar panels at the Ellen A. Hardacre Equine Center in the Miller Research Complex on Spear Street; and solar panels on the roof of the central campus heating and cooling plant next to the library.

Smaller infrastructure projects included designing and building solar panels for the roof of the Votey building and installing energy-saving devices for the desktop computers in Kalkin.

In addition to supporting visible projects, CEF has funded several feasibility studies to make decisions about future installations. Already the studies on electric vehicle charging stations, the Johnson House’s net zero goals, and solar siting have resulted in on-campus projects using other funding sources. 

Infrastructure Projects and Feasibility Studies

Project Expended as of 6/2016 Year awarded Departments Involved Project Champions
Bailey-Howe lighting $38,000 2017   Aidan Doherty
Bike Share $83,000 2017 Transportation & Parking Services Abby Bleything, Jim Barr
No Idling $10,000 2017 Transportation Research Center Abby Bleything, Zach Borst
Bike shelter for first-year residential hall $100,000 2016 Capital Planning & Management, Physical Plant Department, Bob Vaughan, Michelle Smith, Luce Hillman
Building energy tracking & savings software $120,000 2014 Physical Plant Department

Luce Hillman, Michael Pelletier

Improve bicycle access at UVM $32,000 2014 Transportation & Parking Services Jim Barr, Doug Connelly
UVM electric vehicle charging station feasibility study $5,100 2014 Transportation Research Center Michelle McCutcheon-Schour
Johnson House renewable energy feasibility review $5,500 2014 Gund Institute Michelle Smith
UVM central heat plant - solar array upgrade & optimization $131,344 2013 Physical Plant Department, Capital Planning & Management Richard Wollach
UVM/community biomass feasibility study $26,819 2013 Capital Planning & Management, UVM Medical Center, Burlington District Energy Service, Burlington Electric Department Gioia Thompson
Virtualized desktop computer lab in Kalkin $24,865 2012 School of Business, Enterprise Technology Services Thomas Chittenden, Michelle Smith
Comprehensive campus renewable energy feasibility study $63,030 2011 Capital Planning Michelle Smith
Green labs program $60,663 2011 Technical Services Partnership Francis Churchill
Equine Center solar photovoltaic system $86,340 2010 College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Josie Davis
Aiken solar trackers $200,000 2010 Rubenstein School of Environmental & Natural Resources Gary Hawley
Solar power & smart grid lab at Votey $27,000 2010 College of Engineering & Mathematical Sciences Dr. Paul Hines, Dr. Jeff Frolik
Biomass feasibility study for Trinity campus $1,824 2010 Physical Plant Gioia Thompson
14 projects $884,596