Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership (5-Day Conference)

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.

Do you have a passion for sustainability, or a role that impacts sustainability practices on your campus? We welcome a variety of campus professionals to our 5-day Campus Sustainability Leadership Certificate program. Participants form a diverse array of campus professionals. Here are a list of some of our participants’ titles:

  • Deans and Positions of Administrative Leadership
  • Faculty who chair Sustainability Committees
  • Operations and Facilities Directors
  • Campus Sustainability Coordinators
  • Plant Operations and Sustainability Directors
  • Landscape, Grounds, and Recycling Managers
  • Student Services Directors
  • Student Engagement and Sustainability Directors
  • Project Planners

During our 5-day interactive summer conference, you will engage with sustainability experts and discuss all aspects of campus sustainability practices and earn a Professional Certificate in Campus Sustainability Leadership. Bring about change on your campus through transformative, financially-sustainable innovations and help your campus become a sustainability model for other communities and organizations.

Attending this 5-day conference will give you an opportunity to:

  • Gain practical leadership skills and develop systems thinking in campus sustainability practices
  • Discover strategies for growing your sustainability goals on your home campus
  • Learn about specific design and planning considerations for sustainable building practices
  • Review sustainability program ideas to empower the entire campus community
  • Discuss partnership opportunities and leveraging community organizations
  • Expand your professional network through interactions with experts and fellow attendees
  • Participate in site visits, lectures, panel discussions, and more
  • Explore Burlington, Vermont – a dynamic city in a beautiful landscape

Why UVM?

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 conference.

Questions? Our Advisors are here to help.

Please reach out through the form above or call us at 800-639-3210.

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