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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT

IN 2007 STUDENTS VOTED FOR AN EXTRA $10 PER SEMESTER TO BE ADDED TO THEIR FEES TO CREATE THE CLEAN ENERGY FUND.

behaviors such as recycling properly, using public transportation, carrying their own water bottles, purchasing local products and services, and reducing energy use. The campus sustainability effort that began with student engagement in

the 1990s has been followed by many other examples of student-led action. In 2007 students voted for an extra $10 per semester to be added to their fees to create the Clean Energy Fund. “The students wanted to see more happening,”

explains Ms. Thompson. “They wanted to see funding opportunities for solar panels, research projects, and lecture series about renewable energy.” The fund calls for students, faculty and staff to submit innovative proposals. Previously funded projects

ENVIRONMENTAL CLASSES AT UVM LIKE THIS ONE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE LEARNING LABORATORY VERMONT’S ABUNDANT NATURAL RESOURCES PROVIDE.

STUDENTS PUT IN PLACE A SECTION OF THE GREEN ROOF ON UVM’S AIKEN CENTER. THE GREEN ROOF HAS EIGHT EXPERIMENTAL WATERSHEDS TO TEST THE ABSORPTION CAPABILITY OF DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF PLANTS AND SOIL.

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