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The University of Vermont

STARS:&OPERATIONS&(OP)&

Aidan&DiPrima,&Corey&McMullen,&Doran&Zimmerman,&Nicholas&Guay&

Strengths&

Overview:&What&is&OP?&

Cleaning&Product&Purchasing& The!use!of!ozonated!water!has!eliminated!our!need!to!purchase!harmful!chemicals! that!pollute!our!water!system!and!nega3vely!impact!human!health.! ! &&Food&Waste&& The!EcoMRep!program!at!UVM!now!makes!compos3ng!available!in!every!dining! facility!and!dormitories,!further!decreasing!the!amount!of!waste!sent!to!landfills.&

Subcategories:&Building&a&BeFer&Campus&

The!Opera3ons!sec3on!of!STARS!focuses!on! crea3ng!a!sustainable!infrastructure!for! universi3es!to!operate!in.!It!contains!nine! categories!that!cover!sustainable!best!prac3ces!in! every!aspect!of!a!university’s!campus;!buildings,! climate,!dining,!energy,!grounds,!purchasing,! transporta3on,!waste,!and!water.!This!sec3on!of! STARS!focuses!on!the!physical,!dayMtoMday! ac3vi3es!and!opera3ons,!as!well!as!planning!for! the!future!in!the!form!of!greenhouse!gas!emission! reduc3ons!and!purchasing!power.!!

Areas&for&Improvement& The!biggest!area!of!improvement!in!the! •  Food&&&Beverage&Purchasing:&2.5&/&6.0& Opera3ons!category!of!STARS,!is!in! •  Clean&and&Renewable&Energy:&1.5&/&7.0&& Greenhouse!Gas!Emissions!Reduc3ons.!! •  Building&Energy&consumpNon&4.2&/&8.0& UVM!currently!has!a!score!of!3.5!out!of! 14.!!As!a!result!of!the!university’s!Climate! •  Campus&Fleet:&0.12&/&2.00& Ac3on!Plan!and!Clean!Energy!Fund,!UVM! •  Waste&ReducNon:&2.05&/&5.00& will!begin!to!implement!more!renewable! •  Waste&Diversion:&1.34&/&3.00& energy!sources.!!!

OP#Subcategories# Water

Buildings

90%

Waste

57%

Climate

59% 33% 59% 39%

Transportation

59% 44%

Dining Services

79%

Purchasing Grounds

Energy

Subcategories:&A&Sustainable&Future&

Buildings!

!

Water

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!! that!are!taking!steps!to!improve!the!sustainability!! performance!of!their!buildings.!UVM!currently! has!12!LEED!projects.!Due!to!the!fact!that! buildings!are!generally!the!largest!user!of!energy! and!source!of!greenhouse!gas!emissions,!these! projects!have!contributed!to!UVM’s!outstanding! indoor!air!quality!(OP3).! !

OP 23 T2*

Waste

T2*

Buildings OP 1

OP 22 OP 2

OP 21 OP 20 OP 19

OP 3 OP 4

OP 18

Climate OP 17 OP 5

The!Aiken!Center!solarium.! T2*

Climate!

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!are!measuring!and!reducing! their!greenhouse!gas!emissions.!UVM!is!currently!receiving!most!of!the!credits!for! this!subcategory!through!a!greenhouse!gas!emission!inventory!(OP4).!The!university! could!benefit!more!by!focusing!on!greenhouse!Gas!Emissions!Reduc3on!(OP5).!!

! ! ! ! !

& Dining!

T2* OP 15

Transportation

Energy&

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!are!reducing!their!energy! consump3on!through!conserva3on!and!efficiency,!and!switching!to!cleaner!and! renewable!sources!of!energy!such!as!solar,!wind,!geothermal,!and!lowMimpact! hydropower.!UVM!has!installed!ligh3ng!sensors,!LED’s,!and!meters!(T2)!to!measure! and!track!energy!use.!This!is!vital!to!the!university!due!to!the!fact!that!energy! consump3on!is!the!largest!source!of!GHG!emissions.! !

! ! ! !

Solar!photovoltaic!panels!at!the!Equine!Center.!

OP 6

OP 14 T2* OP 13

!This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that! !are!suppor3ng!a!sustainable!food!system.!UVM!has! !adopted!many!sustainable!alterna3ves!such!as! !providing!trayMless!dining,!u3lizing!locally!produced! !goods,!and!recycled!paper!products!(T2)! &

Wind!turbine!on!UVM’s!main!campus.!

OP 16

T2*

OP 12 OP 11 OP 10

Purchasing

T2*

Dining Services

OP 7 OP 9 T2*

Grounds

OP 8

Credit

Title (by subcategory)

OP 1

Building Operations and Maintenance

2.63/7

OP 2

Building Design and Construction

2.79/4

OP 3

Indoor Air Quality

2/2

OP 4

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory

2/2

OP 5

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction

3.48/14

T2*

Climate Tier Two

0/0.5

OP 6

Food and Beverage Purchasing

2.53/6

T2*

Dining Services Tier Two

2.5/2.5

OP 7

Building Energy Consumption

4.26/8

OP 8

Clean and Renewable Energy

1.56/7

T2*

Energy Tier Two

1.5/1.5

OP 9

Integrated Pest Management

1.31/2

T2*

Grounds Tier Two

OP 10

Computer Purchasing

0.5/2

OP 11

Cleaning Product Purchasing

1.9/2

OP 12

Office Paper Purchasing

0.5/2

OP 13

Vendor Code of Conduct

0/1

T2*

Purchasing Tier Two

0/0.5

OP 14

Campus Fleet

0.12/2

OP 15

Student Commute Modal Split

3.28/4

OP 16

Employee Commute Modal Split

1.41/3

T2*

Transportation Tier Two

2.25/3

OP 17

Waste Reduction

2.05/5

OP 18

Waste Diversion

1.34/3

OP 19

Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

0.48/1

OP 20

Electronic Waste Recycling Program

1/1

OP 21

Hazardous Waste Management

1/1

T2*

Waste Tier Two

1.5/1.5

OP 22

Water Consumption

5.93/7

OP 23

Stormwater Management

T2*

Water Tier Two

1.25/1.25

OP

Operations Total

54.32/100

Energy

Slice Label: Credit Number T2*: Tier 2 credits combined for each subcategory Points*: Points Received/Points Possible

EcoMachine&

Points*

1.25/1.25

2/2

! ! ! ! ! ! Aerial!view!of!Waterman!building!and!the! !! green.

Grounds&

!This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!plan! !and!maintain!their!grounds!with!sustainability!in!mind.! !UVM’s!integrated!Pest!Management!Plan!(OP9)!has! !eradicated!the!use!of!harmful!and!dangerous!chemicals.!In! !addi3on,!the!use!of!Magic!Salt!(T2)!has!helped!the! !university!to!decrease!the!amount!of!salt,!which!is!both! !harmful!and!corrosive!to!both!roads!and!green!space.!! !

Purchasing&

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!are!using!purchasing!power!to! help!build!a!sustainable!!economy.!UVM!has!been!responsibly!alloca3ng!money!to! beIer!cleaning!products!(OP11).!As!a!result,!most!of!the!points!received!from!this! subcategory!have!come!from!this!specific!purchasing!decision.!In!addi3on,!the!onM campus!computer!depot!consciously!purchases!computers!with!the!best!possible! environmental!impact!ra3ngs!(OP10).!!! ! TransportaNon! This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons! that!are!implemen3ng!a!sustainable! transporta3on!system.!Transporta3on!is!a!major! source!of!GHG!emissions!and!other!pollutants! that!contribute!to!human!health!problems.! Currently,!82%!of!UVM!students!have!adopted! sustainable!transporta3on!methods!(OP15).!!

One!of!UVM’s!compressed!natural!gas! powered!buses.!

Waste&

The!University!of!Vermont’s!newly!renovated!Aiken! Center!includes!an!EcoMachine,!an!innova3ve!way! ! to!treat!wastewater.!An!living!machine!mimics!the! natural!purifica3ons!processes!found!in!wetland,! ! groundwater,!stream!and!pond!ecosystems.!The! ! ! EcoMachine!is!home!to!communi3es!of!aqua3c! ! microMorganisms,!invertebrates!and!wetland!plants! working!together!to!degrade!pollutants!and!to! transform!nutrients!and!energy!in!sewage!into!a! profusion!of!life.!The!buildings!wastewater!is! treated!in!the!system!and!reused!for!nonMpotable! use,!reducing!water!consump3on.!

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!are!moving!toward!zero!waste! by!reducing,!reusing,!recycling,!and!compos3ng.!UVM’s!Encores!have!worked!hard! to!offer!and!provide!compost!bins!throughout!campus!as!a!sustainable!way!to! improve!and!reduce!waste.!This!has!increased!waste!diversion!(OP18)!and!lessened! the!amount!that!would!be!otherwise!sent!to!landfills.!!!! !

Water&

Aiken!Center!EcoMachine.!

This!subcategory!seeks!to!recognize!ins3tu3ons!that!are!conserving!water!and! making!efforts!to!protect!water!quality.!UVM’s!Stormwater!Management!(OP23)! policy!uses!best!management!prac3ces!to!prevent,!control,!and!treat!stormwater! runoff!on!campus.!The!policy!aims!to!mi3gate!runoff!for!new!construc3on!and! regular!campus!opera3ons.&

2014 ENVS187- STARS Operations  

presented in May 2014.

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