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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
OP-4: Building Design and Construction

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.08 / 3.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

Total floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space (include projects completed within the previous five years) :
155,829 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified Living under the Living Building Challenge:
0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified at each level under a rating system for design and construction used by an Established Green Building Council (GBC) :
Certified Floor Area
LEED BD+C Platinum or at the highest achievable level under another rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Gold or at the 2nd highest level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
Certified at mid-level under a 3- or 5-tier GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. BREEAM, CASBEE, DGNB, Green Star) 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Silver or at a step above minimum level under another 4- or 5-tier GBC rating system 0 Square Feet
LEED BD+C Certified or certified at minimum level under another GBC rating system 0 Square Feet

Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a non-GBC rating system for design and construction (e.g. Green Globes NC, Certified Passive House):
0 Square Feet

Percentage of newly constructed or renovated building space certified under a green building rating system for design and construction:
0

A brief description of the green building rating system(s) used and/or a list of certified buildings and ratings:
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Floor area of newly constructed or renovated building space that is NOT certified, but that was designed and constructed in accordance with published green building guidelines and policies:
155,829 Square Feet

A copy of the green building guidelines or policies :
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The green building guidelines or policies:

The campus infrastructure at Saint Michael's has a large impact on the environment. According to the US Green Building Council, buildings account for:
• 70% of electricity consumption
• 39% of energy use
• 39% of all carbon dioxide emissions
• 40% of raw materials use
• 30% of waste output (136 million tons annually)
• 12% of potable water consumption
It's our goal to minimize these impacts, and we do this in several ways when constructing and/or renovating buildings on our campus. First of all, the college must adhere to the state of Vermont’s Act 250 which is the Land Use and Development Act. This law is designed to mitigate the effects of development through an application process that addresses the environmental and community impacts of projects. The law considers a development’s effect on such things as: energy and water conservation, air and water quality, necessary wildlife habitat, streams and shorelines, soil erosion, utilities, waste disposal, water supplies and much more.

Saint Michael’s College has always proceeded with care when planning new construction and renovations. Issues such as waste reduction, recycling, environmentally-preferable purchasing and energy conservation are discussed and considered from day one of planning. In recent construction, the college has focused on water efficiency, energy conservation and utilization of renewable energy (geothermal).

Members of the facilities department and Office of Sustainability meet with Efficiency Vermont to determine the best practices for energy conservation when planning new construction projects and for renovating existing spaces on campus.


Do the green building guidelines or policies cover the following?:
Yes or No
Impacts on the surrounding site (e.g. guidelines to reuse previously developed land, protect environmentally sensitive areas, and otherwise minimize site impacts) Yes
Energy consumption (e.g. policies requiring a minimum level of energy efficiency for buildings and their systems) Yes
Building-level energy metering Yes
Use of environmentally preferable materials (e.g. guidelines to minimize the life cycle impacts associated with building materials) No
Indoor environmental quality (i.e. guidelines to protect the health and comfort of building occupants) Yes
Water consumption (e.g. requiring minimum standards of efficiency for indoor and outdoor water use) Yes
Building-level water metering Yes

A brief description of the green building guidelines or policies and/or a list or sample of buildings covered:

See guidelines above. Newly construction and renovated buildings within the past five years include:
Dion Student Center
Quad Residence Hall
St. Joseph's Hall (renovation)
Bergeron Wellness Center (renovation)
Residence Hall IV


A brief description of how the institution ensures compliance with green building design and construction guidelines and policies:

The Director of Planning and Construction, the Director of Facilities and the Director of Sustainability work in conjunction to insure that the above green building guidelines are followed.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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After the college's first LEED certified building was completed, it was decided that rather than continue to pursue LEED certification, the funding would instead be allocated toward additional sustainable building features.

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