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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
IN-3: Innovation 3

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Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The University of Vermont’s newly renovated Aiken Center includes an Eco-Machine, an innovative way to treat wastewater. An Eco-Machine mimics the natural purifications processes found in wetland, groundwater, stream and pond ecosystems. The Eco-Machine is home to communities of aquatic micro-organisms, invertebrates and wetland plants working in concert to degrade pollutants and to transform the nutrients and energy in sewage into a profusion of life. The building’s wastewater is treated in the system and reused for non-potable use, reducing water consumption. Students are involved with lab work and research.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available:

The Eco-Machine lives in the LEED Platinum Aiken Center, which houses the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. More about the building here: http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmpr/?Page=news&&storyID=13048

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