Environmental Studies at UVM

Sustainability at UVM

From academics and residential programming, to University systems and buildings,
there’s a lot going on at UVM.

UVM's Office of Sustainability

  • Climate Action Plan - Many members of the community of UVM faculty, students and staff have participated in processes leading to a target date for climate neutrality, as well as the actions already undertaken to reduce our collective carbon footprint.
  • Clean Energy Fund - Sustained by a self-imposed student fee of $10 per student per semester, UVM’s Clean Energy Fund is designed to advance renewable energy research, education, and infrastructure on campus.
  • Real Food Challenge - Earth Day 2013 UVM become the 5th school in the U.S. to sign "Real Food Campus Commitment."
  • Bottled Water Ban on Campus - As of January 1, 2013 bottled water is no longer sold on campus. Instead, the University is investing in providing safe, clean drinking water across campus for free.
  • Recycling and Waste Management - part of the UVM Physical Plant Department. They oversee the collection of waste, recycling and composting on campus from all University buildings and facilities, and we coordinate all programs to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost the University's waste stream.

Sustainability Faculty Fellows Program

 This program aims to create a learning community for faculty across the disciplines to receive support and develop skills to implement sustainability concepts into their courses.


Green Living

  • Eco-Reps Program - Eco-Reps are undergraduate leaders who foster environmental responsibility on campus. They educate their hall mates about sustaianbility issues, distribute information, and create, coordinate and host activities in their residence halls, operating on the philosophy that we can improve our relationship with the environment by making simple changes in our lifestyles.
  • GreenHouse Residential Learning Community (RLC) - provides environmentally-themed programming for over 240 students from a range of majors. Established in fall 2006, the GreenHouse is located within the University Heights South (UHS) Residential Complex—a LEED-certified building designed to be energy efficient and incorporate local and recycled construction materials. GreenHouse is a truly interdisciplinary community involving students, faculty, staff, and mentors from across campus and the greater Burlington area.
  • Slade Hall - is an environmental food cooperative on campus that houses 24 students.  Students interested in applying to Slade should pick up an application from the Christie Wright Patterson front desk, and deliver it to one of the current residents of Slade.  Applicants are asked to attend one cook-crew (Sunday-Thursday nights at 4:30pm) and attend one house meeting (Sunday nights after dinner).  The Slade community also encourages members to spend time at the cooperative (not mandatory) to get to know the current residents, and so that they may get to know the applicant.  
  • Green Building at UVM - Over the last decade, the University of Vermont has invested in constructing new, welcoming, high-performance facilities, and in renovating existing facilities using innovative technologies and high standards. All new construction and major renovation projects must adhere to the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environment (LEED) rating systems. Eleven major construction and renovation projects have attained LEED certification: four received Silver, six Gold, and one Platinum. Click on the link above to view an informational brochure about Green Building at UVM.