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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.

Gold

STARS v2.1

University of Vermont


Rating Score Liaison Submission Date Executive Letter
Gold 70.87 Gioia Thompson March 1, 2017 Download
Since UVM's first STARS submission in 2014, the University has made dramatic progress in deepening and further formalizing the long-standing commitment to education about sustainability that began with undergraduate and graduate academic programs in ... read more
Credit Status Points
Academic Courses Complete 11.84 / 14.00
Learning Outcomes Complete 6.50 / 8.00
Undergraduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Graduate Program Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Immersive Experience Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainability Literacy Assessment Complete 1.00 / 4.00
Incentives for Developing Courses Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Campus as a Living Laboratory Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Research and Scholarship Complete 10.23 / 12.00
Support for Research Complete 4.00 / 4.00
Open Access to Research Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Student Educators Program Complete 3.99 / 4.00
Student Orientation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Student Life Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Materials and Publications Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Outreach Campaign Complete 0.00 / 4.00
Assessing Sustainability Culture Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Employee Educators Program Complete 0.00 / 3.00
Employee Orientation Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Staff Professional Development Complete 1.25 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Community Partnerships Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Inter-Campus Collaboration Complete 2.00 / 3.00
Continuing Education Complete 5.00 / 5.00
Community Service Complete 0.94 / 5.00
Participation in Public Policy Complete 1.33 / 2.00
Trademark Licensing Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Complete 7.17 / 10.00
Outdoor Air Quality Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Building Operations and Maintenance Complete 0.50 / 5.00
Building Design and Construction Complete 2.11 / 3.00
Between 2007 and 2015 the UVM campus experienced a 7% increase in building space, from 5.25 to 5.65 million square feet, and at the same time saw a 13% reduction in total energy ... read more
Credit Status Points
Building Energy Consumption Complete 3.79 / 6.00
Clean and Renewable Energy Complete 3.04 / 4.00
Food systems is a popular topic in this state, and the University of Vermont leads the way nationally in supporting the movement. In 2015, we signed a new dining services contract with Sodexo focused on ... read more
Credit Status Points
Food and Beverage Purchasing Complete 1.06 / 6.00
Sustainable Dining Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Landscape Management Complete 0.00 / 2.00
Biodiversity Complete 2.00 / 2.00

The Green Electronics Council has honored UVM with a 2017 EPEAT Purchaser Award at the two-star level in recognition of our sustainable IT product purchases.

Credit Status Points
Sustainable Procurement Complete 1.00 / 3.00
Electronics Purchasing Complete 0.95 / 1.00
Cleaning and Janitorial Purchasing Complete 0.87 / 1.00
Office Paper Purchasing Complete 0.24 / 1.00
The University of Vermont's campus transportation systems are nested within other systems that require coordination and management in order for people to get around without constantly needing an individual car. UVM's relative success ... read more
Credit Status Points
Campus Fleet Complete 0.13 / 1.00
Student Commute Modal Split Complete 1.83 / 2.00
Employee Commute Modal Split Complete 0.94 / 2.00
Support for Sustainable Transportation Complete 2.00 / 2.00
In 2015 the University of Vermont community generated 2,337 tons of waste to be landfilled, down from 2,707 in 2007. Recycled or diverted waste amounted to 41% of total waste. Recycling of plastic ... read more
Credit Status Points
Waste Minimization and Diversion Complete 4.15 / 8.00
Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion Complete 0.98 / 1.00
Hazardous Waste Management Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Water Use Complete 0.89 / 4.00
Rainwater Management Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Coordination Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Sustainability Planning Complete 2.25 / 4.00
Participatory Governance Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Diversity and affordability are high level priorities at UVM. The President’s Commission on Inclusive Excellence issued a report in 2015 called Inclusive Excellence at the University of Vermont: A Framework for Building a More ... read more
Credit Status Points
Diversity and Equity Coordination Complete 1.67 / 2.00
Assessing Diversity and Equity Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Support for Underrepresented Groups Complete 3.00 / 3.00
Affordability and Access Complete 3.42 / 4.00
Credit Status Points
Committee on Investor Responsibility Complete 2.00 / 2.00
Sustainable Investment Complete 1.01 / 4.00
Investment Disclosure Complete 0.00 / 1.00
Credit Status Points
Employee Compensation Complete 1.60 / 3.00
Assessing Employee Satisfaction Complete 0.23 / 1.00
Wellness Program Complete 1.00 / 1.00
Workplace Health and Safety Complete 0.50 / 2.00
Credit Status Points
Sustainability Course Designation Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Academy-Industry Connections Complete 0.00 / 0.50
Sustainable Dining Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Grounds Certification Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Bicycle Friendly University Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Campus Pride Index Complete 0.50 / 0.50
Credit Status Points
Innovation A Complete 1.00 / 1.00

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.