The UVM Office of Sustainability tracks and reports on various University goals, commitments, policies and programs relating to sustainability. Measuring sustainability indicators in any fashion is highly collaborative, often completed in conjunction with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
This work started in the late 1990's as the campus sustainability field was emerging and UVM's Environmental Council was forming. Our tracking has since evolved to focus on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) as our main evaluation tool. Before adopting STARS as our primary framework, several reports were released that focused on specific aspects of sustainability on campus:
1998 - Greening UVM gave a vision for a green future and a sense of what needed to be done.
2002 - Tracking UVM reported on progress since 1990 using a variety of indicators.
2013 - Teaching Sustainability at UVM reported on the work of the Sustainability Faculty Fellows program, prior to the decision for UVM to require a course in sustainability of all undergraduates.
2016 - Energizing UVM reported on expenditures of $1.3M of the Clean Energy Fund while overseen by the Office of Sustainability
Starting in 2013 the Office of Sustainability started to track a variety of indicators using STARS. We completed and submitted our first STARS report under version 1.2 in March 2014, earning a Gold rating. Each STARS rating is valid for three years. After submitting a report in March 2017 under version 2.1's updated and enhanced criteria, we were honored to earn a Gold rating again.
You can learn more about our most recent STARS Gold achievement here.