In 2007, UVM made a strong commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are the drivers of climate change by becoming a charter signatory of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). By signing on to the ACUPCC, President Fogel committed that UVM would become climate-neutral by some specified date and create a climate action plan on how it would achieve this goal.
As part of the short-term actions required by the ACUPCC, UVM has completed an annual GHG inventory. The GHG data for the inventory, which goes back to 1990, is verified by a 2nd party verifier and the data are publicly available on the ACUPCC Reporting website. In January of 2011, after receiving feedback from many stakeholders and incorporating feedback, UVM released its climate action plan (also available on the APUCC Reporting site) to the public. The University has committed to becoming climate-neutral by 2025.