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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.

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Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 19, 2014
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University of Vermont
ER-15: Sustainability Research Identification

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UVM Office of Sustainability
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Has the institution developed a definition of sustainability research?:

A copy of the institution's definition of sustainability research:

The University of Vermont has collectively defined sustainability research most recently through the work of the “Envisioning Environment Work Group,” (EEWG) which was charged by the UVM Provost in October 2012 to inventory and assess UVM programs broadly related to the environment. Composed of twelve faculty members from seven colleges/schools and supported by the Associate Provost for Curricular Affairs, the EEWG purposefully chose to redefine their charge as an inventory and assessment of “Environment, Sustainability, and Health,” or ESH, programs. They believed this broader ESH definition fit with a “comprehensive systems approach that addresses the synergistic relationships necessary for long-term planetary and human well-being.” In the ESH definition, the term “sustainability” was considered by the Work Group to emphasize “the long view and the power of economic, social, and policy choices to sustain human and nonhuman life.”

Has the institution identified its sustainability research activities and initiatives?:

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the inventory:

Environment Sustainability and Health (ESH) Research definition: ESH research is part of a “comprehensive systems approach addressing the synergistic relationships necessary for long-term planetary and human well-being” and “sustainability” is specifically recognized as emphasizing “the long view and the power of economic, social, and policy choices to sustain human and nonhuman life.”
-Source: UVM Envisioning Environment Work Group Report, February 25, 2013; Page 7, http://www.uvm.edu/provost/envisioningenvironment/Envisioning%20Env%20Report%202.25.13%20FINAL.pdf

Does the institution make its sustainability research inventory publicly available online?:

The website URL where the sustainability research inventory is posted (required if claiming Part 3 of the credit):

The first inventory of sustainability research is included in the report of the Envisioning Environment Work Group posted on the website of the Office of the Provost

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.