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

STARS v2.2

University of Vermont
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Gioia Thompson
Director
UVM Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

2010 Climate Action Plan objectives include renewable electricity starting in 2015; climate-neutral heating fuels starting in 2020; and climate-neutral travel and transportation starting in 2025.


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Inclusive Excellence at UVM: A Framework for Building a More Diverse, Inclusive, and Multiculturally Competent Campus (2016-2021): https://www.uvm.edu/sites/default/files/Advancing-Diversity-and-Inclusion-at-UVM/Inclusive_Excellence_at_UVM.pd

The plan includes the requirement that each College, Support Center, and
specific Departments --like Athletics and Enterprise Technology Services (ETS)--develop and update their own diversity and inclusion plans, which can be found here: https://www.uvm.edu/advancingdiversity/diversity-action-plans

A sample: the Division of Finance’s (DF) plan includes several action items under each goal. For example, here are actions under “2a. Increase staff population diversity”:
-Require all DF hiring managers to attend AAEO recruitment training annually
-Develop affirmative recruitment guidelines for DF hiring managers and pilot for 1 year
-Provide $15,000/year to DF departments on a first-come, first-served basis to fund advertising open DF positions to diverse populations
-Keep positions open/posted on the UVM Jobs site at least 6 calendar weeks to build a diverse candidate pool
-Provide limited travel & expense reimbursement to finalists for certain DF positions upon request
-Annually review gender and ethnic/racial diversity of DF applicant pools

Metrics for this goal include:
% of DF employees who identify as female
% of DF employees who identify as veterans
% of DF employees who report having a disability
% of DF employees who identify as Hispanic/Latino
% of DF employees who identify as racial/ethnic minority

Other metrics include whether facilities are assessed for ADA compliance and Universal Design, and whether plans are developed for addressing inaccessible campus facilities.


Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
No

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
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Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
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The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
No

The formal statement in support of sustainability:
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The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter No
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment Yes
The Talloires Declaration (TD) No
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:

University of Vermont joined the Carbon Commitment in 2007


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Gioia Thompson, Director, Office of Sustainability provided Climate Action Plan information.

Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon , Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Senior Advisor for Strategic Diversity Assessment and Research provided diversity action plan information.

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