With the growing impacts of climate change and sustainability challenges that we face today, now, more than ever, we must explore and develop innovative practices for sustainable systems. At the University of Vermont, we believe colleges and universities have the opportunity and responsibility to pave the way for sustainable communities by creating sustainable campuses and leading by example.
Sustainability is in our DNA. We began committing to climate action and energy conservation in the early 1990s. In 2007, UVM signed the President’s Climate Commitment, and in 2010, UVM committed to complete climate neutrality with the following goals:
- 100% renewable electricity starting in 2015
- 100% carbon-neutral thermal energy starting in 2020
- 100% carbon-neutral commuting, business, and air travel by 2025
Office of Sustainability
Our Office of Sustainability fosters sustainable development and promotes environmental responsibility at the University of Vermont by strategically bridging the academic activities of teaching, research, and outreach with the operations of the University. Everyone is responsible for sustainability at UVM. Initiatives include our Eco-Reps network, zero bottled water policy on campus, locally-sourced organic food in our dining halls, and comprehensive composting and recycling throughout our University community.
STARS Gold Certified
UVM’s award-winning green campus was recently honored with its second Gold rating from STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System for higher education.
Green Building Development
The UVM campus is home to more than one million square feet of green building space that meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s stringent Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines. We go beyond LEED and have designed innovative and unique solutions that will be showcased during the program.