The University of Vermont is committed to using electricity, fuel and water efficiently. An in-house professional engineering team oversees large and small energy projects with the goal of lowering utility costs, while reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The team oversees all mechanical and electrical aspects of campus utility systems and assists with energy and master utility planning, and scoping and implementing efficiency projects and deferred maintenance projects concerning utility infrastructure. To accomplish our work, we contract with numerous consulting engineers, and collaborate with campus partners in Planning, Design & Construction and PPD Zone Maintenance.
Meet the Team
Funding Energy Projects
Funding for energy efficiency projects comes from several sources:
- Since 1992, a $125,000 energy revolving fund administered within Physical Plant has been used to finance many small projects conducted with assistance from local utility companies which provide rebates which are then funneled back into the revolving fund.
- Energy projects have also been funded through bonds, borrowing, and by taking longer term and life cycle costs into account during new building and capital construction.
- In 2012, a larger $13M Energy Revolving Fund administered by the University Controllers Office, was established. This enables funding from UVM’s cash-on-hand reserves to be used for larger energy projects or improvements at the Central Utility Plant.which have an anticipated payback of less than seven years.
- Lastly, a separate student-funded Campus Sustainability Fund supports student and staff initiated projects which address renewable energy, sustainability in operations and student engagement.
View Campus Energy Data
We use an application called School Dude Utility Direct to manage our utilities consumption data. This is a utility tracking application used to record all of the energy used on campus including: electricity, natural gas and water. Each month, we upload current data into the system based on UVM's actual utility usage and consumption.
Students may access this data directly via the schooldude.com (opens in new window).
Read this School Dude Tutorial (PDF) for specific directions on how to access the data using a guest login, and how to generate custom reports for your class project.
How to Operate CCRH Heating and Air Conditioning Unit
Are you a student living in the Central Campus Residence Hall (CCRH)? Watch this video on how to properly operate and adjust the heating and air conditioning unit in your room.