Campus Operations

We promote and celebrate best practices for campus operations. These efforts conserve energy and reduce carbon and waste.

BUILDINGS

  • 2007 Master Plan calls to "embrace sustainability"
  • Juniper Hall is slated to be a LEED Gold building and uses 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)
  • Partnership with ReSource to donate old usable furniture and salvage building materials when we renovate

COOLING

  • 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

GROUNDS

  • 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

HEATING & ELECTRICAL

  • 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
  • Compact florescent light bulb exchange program in residence halls

PURCHASING

  • Purchase produce through Black River Produce
  • Fair Trade coffee, tea, and bananas available in Dining Hall/Jazzman's
  • Fresh Vending machines (Library, Ireland, and Lakeside)
  • Encourage purchase of 30-100% recycled-content office paper
  • Reduced Office Max delivery schedule to 2-3 days/week (instead of 5)
  • 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.

RENEWABLE ENERGY / CO-GENERATION

  • Co-generation plant at 4 Cedar Lane (Carriage House) to produce electricity while heating the building
  • Geothermal heating and cooling for Perry Hall. 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)

TRANSPORTATION

WATER

  • 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 several buildings across campus. See the map of where you can find free water on campus.

WASTE REDUCTION & DIVERSION

PARTNERSHIPS WITH

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

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