Our office reports to the Director of Capital Planning and Management, who reports to the Vice President of University Relations and Administration. We are three full-time staff, 20 Eco-Reps and occasional project-specific interns. Our budget is from the general fund.

Gioia Thompson

Sustainability Director

After working in the recycling arena, Gioia Thompson came to UVM in 1996 to begin working with a team, the Environmental Council, to bring more sustainable practices into campus life. In 2008 Gioia was appointed director of the Office of Sustainability, with another full-time staff member and three graduate student assistants. She is responsible for tracking the institution’s environmental performance; recommending environmentally responsible practices; working with students, faculty members, and staff members on projects; and connecting with the Vermont and higher education communities. Gioia received a B.A. in Environmental Studies in 1987 with an honors thesis on municipal leaf composting, and an M.S. in Natural Resources in 2000 on sustainability in higher education, both from the University of Vermont.

Michelle Smith

Assistant Director for Sustainable Campus Operations

Michelle facilitates the USGBC's LEED process for all new construction and major renovation projects at UVM, and she participates in strategic capital planning and works collaboratively across campus and in the community on a wide variety of sustainability initiatives. Michelle has co-taught several undergraduate courses and presented at numerous green building and sustainability conferences. She frequently guest lectures, and she provides customized tours of the LEED-certified buildings on the UVM campus. She is a founding board member of the Vermont Green Building Network, and chair of the Institutions Subcommittee of the BTV 2030 Challenge District. Michelle holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from UVM, and a M.S. in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies program from Woodbury Institute, Champlain College.

Caylin McCamp

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Caylin began her career in higher education campus sustainability while serving as an undergraduate Eco-Rep and a teaching assistant at the University of Vermont. After her graduation in 2012, Caylin worked as the sustainability manager with UVM Dining for four years. Caylin joined our office in January 2017. Caylin assists with the tracking and reporting indicators of campus sustainability success and coordinates the Eco-Reps Program that started her on her own career path. She advises 20 student Eco-Reps who educate peers about changing their daily habits to support a more sustainable campus and local community.

Read more about Caylin's journey, "From Student to Staff" on the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources blog.