Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.80
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Gioia Thompson
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Is the institution currently a member of a national or international higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

- Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
- Second Nature, Climate Leadership Network

Does the institution actively participate in a regional, state/provincial, or local higher education sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium
Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network

Has the institution presented at a higher education sustainability conference during the previous year?:

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

AASHE conference 2019 - 2 presentations by Elizabeth Palchak, UVM Sustainable Funds Coordinator:
1. Economies of Scale - Reducing Overhead and Increasing Efficiency Across the Organization
2. Design Thinking for Campus Sustainability

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to an external higher education sustainability resource center or awards program?:

A list or brief description of the sustainability resource center or awards program and submission(s):

May 2019 case study “Cross-Campus and Community Bikeshare” https://hub.aashe.org/browse/casestudy/21849/Cross-Campus-and-Community-Collaborative-Bikeshare

Has the institution had employees or students serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years?:

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Caylin McCamp, Education & Outreach Coordinator for UVM’s Office of Sustainability, is a member of the Advisory Council for AASHE

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

When the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network dissolved in 2017, a less formal relationship among the Burlington area campuses formed. Campus sustainability professionals at UVM, Champlain College, Saint Michaels and Community College of Vermont meet quarterly to support each other. We share our work plans, opportunities for collaboration and get advice from each other. Because UVM is the largest and most established office with the most tenured staff, we often act as a mentor to the other campuses present, however it is a mutual relationship and we absolutely learn from them as well.

Has the institution had employees or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

A brief description of other inter-campus collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year :

Champlain and the University of Vermont (and several other organizations) team up each year for an off-campus version of a move out collection. Known as Spring Move Out Project (SMOP), it is a one-day event timed to be held near the date when most apartment leases expire. Students and area residents bring clothing, books, household items, furniture, and non-perishable food items down to this annual community recycling and swap event. Leftovers will be donated to local charities and reuse stores. There is a big outreach effort with door-to-door flyering, social media posts, and paid advertisements in our local free weekly newspaper.

Website URL where information about the institution’s inter-campus collaborations is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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