Campus Operations

We promote and celebrate best practices for campus operations. These efforts conserve energy and reduce carbon and waste.  See more details on our  map and listed below. 


  • 2007 Master Plan calls to "embrace sustainability"
  • Juniper, Butler and Valcour Halls are slated to be LEED Gold buildings and use a geothermal heating/cooling systems
  • Perry Hall is a LEED Platinum building and uses a geothermal heating/cooling system
  • Aiken Hall is a LEED Gold Certified building (see Aiken factsheet)
  • Green roof at IDX Center and Perry Hall which eases storm water runoff, keeps building cooler in the summer, and keeps building warmer in the winter
  • Building rehab and renovations to seal building envelope, upgrade windows, use Energy efficient HVAC systems, and other features which have produced average energy savings around 50% - including Bader Hall (2012); Whiting Hall (2014)
  • Partnership with ReSource to donate old usable furniture and salvage building materials when we renovate


  • Ice storage tank that builds ice for cooling on off-peak rates
  • Elimination of ethylene glycol in cooling systems
  • Night purge of academic buildings for reduced nighttime cooling

DINING SERVICES -- see more information here


  • Lawn and garden debris is composted
  • All woody wastes go to the McNeil electricity generating plant for fuel
  • Storm water retention system at Perry Hall
  • Community Garden
  • College Apiary


  • Digital carbon monoxide monitor sensors for residential life student safety
  • Automated classroom controls for class scheduling
  • Digital control scheduling for administrative offices
  • Holiday mode controls for administrative buildings
  • CO2 sensors in large spaces for temperature controls
  • Variable frequency drives on large mechanical systems for electrical savings
  • Residential Life policy about unplugging appliances during break times
  • Increased use of motion sensor lighting and LED lights


  • Purchase produce through Black River Produce
  • Fair Trade coffee, tea, and bananas available in Dining Hall and EATS dining areas
  • Fresh Vending machines (Library, Ireland, and Lakeside)
  • Encourage purchase of 30-100% recycled-content office paper
  • Green Seal cleaning products used throughout campus
  • Recycled-content can liners used for trash and recycling bins
  • LEED certified furniture in new buildings
  • Intervale Food Hub CSA delivery site for students and employees
  • Purchase EPEAT Silver or higher computers and monitors
  • Restriction of sale and use of plain, bottled water
  • Recycled content toilet paper and paper towels used throughout campus, as part of the Power of Three program. See the video below to learn more.


  • Co-generation plant at 4 Cedar Lane (Carriage House) to produce electricity while heating the building
  • Geothermal heating and cooling in the following buildings: Perry, Butler, Valcour, Juniper, Bader, Whiting and CCM. Listed as an example in the NWF Guide, Going Underground on Campus
  • 40,000 watt solar array installed on the Miller Center at Lakeside roof in 2011 (see factsheet)



  • Installation of low flow shower heads in all residence halls
  • Modulation of boiler water temperatures
  • Regulate hot water discharge with hot water mixing valves
  • Replaced all campus washing machines with high efficiency models. See Laundry View for more information
  • Water bottle refill stations in many buildings across campus. See the Campus Sustainability Features Map for specific locations



Burlington Electric, Campus Area Transportation Management Association, CarShare Vermont, CCTA, Chittenden Solid Waste District, Efficiency Vermont, Local Motion, ReSourceVermont Fresh Network, Vermont Gas