The Green Building Program at UVM

UVM, in keeping with its vision to become the preeminent small public research University in the study of the environment and health, has made a strong commitment to Green Buildings.

The Green Building Coordinator works with various departments to help implement the University's green building policy and related procedures. Green building is based on a set of design and construction practices that significantly reduce the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants in five broad areas:

The University has shown leadership Green Building Practices through the following:
  1. The development and implementation of a comprehensive Construction and Demolition Waste Reduction and Recycling Management System, funded by an EPA grant. The grant products include a first of its kind web based tool to assist contractors and university workers in documenting waste diverted from local landfills, development of an Environmental Management System outline of the C&D process, architectual specifications for construction project management and signage appropriate to those specifications.
  2. Adoption of a University policy (available here in PDF format) that the US Green Building Councils's LEED standard will be used for the design and construction of all major new campus building projects.

You can get more information about the University's Green Building efforts by contacting Michelle Smith at