Facilities & Operations

Our Facilities and Operations teams work closely together to manage our buildings and grounds sustainably. Methods of doing so include:

  • Building rehab and renovations, including sealing building envelopes, upgrading windows, using Energy efficient HVAC systems, and adding other features which have produced average energy savings around 50% – including Bader Hall (2012) and Whiting Hall (2014)
  • Composting lawn and garden debris
  • Sending all woody wastes to the McNeil electricity generating plant for fuel

Did you know?

McDonald Hall is our first fossil fuel free building on campus! The hall was fully renovated in 2022, linking the building to our geothermal heating and cooling system as well as making many efficiency improvements.

Get Involved in Campus Sustainability

  • A far out shot of a woman in a flourishing garden
    Community Garden

    Founded in 2011, the community garden is located beside Rowell Annex and has 27 plots available for individual use by Champlain College community members. Use of the 4′ x 8′ plots costs $20 for faculty/staff, $10 for students, and there is no cost if all produce is donated to the Community Food Shelf.

    Registration is closed for the 2024 season! Priority registrations are due by April 15 for the growing season. Plots are registered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Want to learn more about gardening or attend other gardening-related events? Check out this calendar, brought to you by the Vermont Community Garden Network.

    Register for a Gardening Plot
  • Greening Your Workplace

    The Office of Sustainability and the student Eco-Reps designed the Green Office Certification to recognize Champlain employees’ efforts in creating a more environmentally friendly work space. Interested in making your workplace practices more environmentally friendly? Learn how!

  • Green Room Certification Program

    Champlain College Eco-Reps have designed the Green Room Certification to give recognition to students living a sustainable lifestyle on campus.

  • Used Furniture

    Employees in need of office furniture can check the Facilities Warehouse at Sears Lan. Kate Cronin has a good handle on what furniture is available, so the first step, if you need something is to email Kate.