Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.47
Liaison Gioia Thompson
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Gioia Thompson
Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:
Yes

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:

The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council is a group of students, faculty, staff, and administrators that makes recommendations to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer on sustainability investment at the University of Vermont.


Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:

The Socially Responsible Investing Advisory Council consists of 10 members: two faculty members appointed by the VPF in consultation with the Faculty Senate President, two staff members appointed by the VPF in consultation with the Staff Council President, two undergraduate students appointed by the VPF in consultation with the President of the Student Government Association, two graduate students appointed by the VPF in consultation with the Graduate Student Senate President, and two administrative officers/executives appointed by the VPF.

All members serve two-year terms which are renewable.

The Coordinator of Sustainable Funds is a non-voting member and supports the activities of the SRIAC.

Claire Burlingham, Chair - University Controller
Courtney Brady, Undergraduate Representative
Sophie Smith, Undergraduate Representative
Eric Recchia, Graduate Student Representative
Position vacant right now of the 2nd Graduate Student Representative
Francis Churchill, Staff Representative - Risk Management & Safety
Luce Hillman, Staff Representative - Physical Plant Department
Charles Schnitzlein, Faculty Representative - Grossman School of Business
Amy Seidl, Faculty Representative - Rubenstein School of Natural Resources
Lindsey Donovan, Assistant Controller
Elizabeth Palchak, Interim Coordinator of Sustainable Funds


Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:
Yes

A brief description of each sustainability office:

The Office of Sustainability aims to foster sustainable development and promote environmental responsibility at the University of Vermont by strategically bridging the academic activities of teaching, research, and outreach with the operations of the University.


Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):
3

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:
Yes

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Gioia Thompson, Director; Caylin McKee, Education & Outreach Coordinator; Assistant Director for Campus Operations (Presently, this last position is VACANT. We are in the procees of hiring.)

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:
Yes

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:

The Office of Sustainability(OoS) continues to advance sustainability goals, foster a culture of sustainability on campus, and provide strategic support for initiatives. In the past three years we have created a new Sustainability Ambassadors program for employees and a new course on sustainability through Professional Training and Development for employees. After analyzing the results of the 2017 STARS reporting process, OoS decided to focus on transportation initiatives during 2017-2020. OoS and transportation staff collaborated to find funding, locate, and install electric vehicle charging stations; create a bikeshare program; create a new, mandatory educational module on transportation alternatives required of all parking permit seekers; and pilot and ultimately receive official approval of a fleet vehicle purchasing policy that encourages low- and zero-emissions fleet vehicles.


Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Director

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
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Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Education & Outreach Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
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Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Asst Director for Sustainable Campus Operations

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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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