Mission and Purpose

Our office's role is to foster sustainable development and promote social and environmental responsibility at the university by bridging the academic activities of teaching, research and outreach with the operations of the campus.
We partner with faculty, staff and students to catalyze change, we measure and report on progress, and we engage with students and employees through peer-to-peer outreach programs.

Meet Our Staff

Elizabeth Palchak, Director


Email: elizabeth.palchak@uvm.edu

Gioia Thompson, Outreach Manager

Photo of Gioia Thompson

After working in the recycling arena, Gioia Thompson came to UVM in 1996 to begin working with a team, the Environmental Council, under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Kaza of Environmental Studies to bring more sustainable practices into campus life. Gioia 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 indicators of sustainability in higher education, both from the University of Vermont.


Email: gioia.thompson@uvm.edu
Phone: 802-656-3803

Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coordinator

As a UVM undergraduate Caylin was active in campus sustainability efforts as an Eco-Rep and was excited to learn that type of work could be a career after taking a course called Campus Sustainability. She graduated in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies with an internship capstone conducing energy efficiency assessments. Caylin then worked as the Sustainability Manager with UVM Dining for five years and joined our office in 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. Caylin recieved an M.S. in Natural Resources in 2020 through the Leadership for Sustainability program with a capstone on climate anxiety.


Email: caylin.mccamp@uvm.edu
Phone: 802-656-0906


Contact Us:

Physical & Mailing Address:
Office of Sustainability
12 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05405

Email: sustainability@uvm.edu

Visit us:
First, make an appointment! Use the east entrance, not the front (south) entrance. The stairs there will take you directly to the second floor, where our office is.