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Comprehensive Sustainability Plan

UVM to achieve climate neutrality by 2030

UVM has a history of sustainability leadership in higher education and global recognition. It’s essential that UVM contribute to the growing efforts at colleges and universities to develop sustainable solutions as climate change intensifies. The development of UVM’s Comprehensive Sustainability Plan will allow UVM to step forward, amplify the work we already do, and announce renewed commitment to a healthy environment and healthy societies.

Consistent with Our Common Ground, the University of Vermont’s Comprehensive Sustainability Plan promotes just, equitable sustainability solutions by connecting world class research and academics to University operations.

The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan (CSP) focuses and engages the campus community and generates interest among internal and external stakeholders. Most importantly, a CSP outlines short- and long-term goals that are achievable and within the financial capacity of the institution. A CSP Work Group, which guided the development of themes and focus areas, was convened by Office of Sustainability. Led by its director, the plan received broad input from members of our community. Many of the country’s leading institutions have Sustainability Plans and Climate Action Plans. The development of UVM’s Comprehensive Sustainability Plan will help guide the institution over the next ten years and beyond to create a better world through responsible stewardship of all of our resources.

The plan is organized around four major themes:

  • Decarbonization
  • Operations
  • Governance and People
  • Research and Learning

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President's Message

Sustainability Leadership Committee:

Elizabeth Palchak, Chair, Office of Sustainability Director

Luce Hillman, Executive Director, Facilities Management

Dan Harvey, Director of Operations, OVPR

Claire Burlingham, University Comptroller

Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon, Senior Advisor for Inclusive Excellence, Division of DEI

Kerry Castano, Assistant Provost