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Environmental efforts strive to divest

The 108-foot high wind turbine located near Jeffords Hall produces 3,000 to 5,000 kilowatt hours a year, enough to power an energy efficient home for 12 months. From 2007 to 2013, UVM decreased its carbon footprint by 45%, however, ecological groups on campus are weary of this statistic and continue to work to reduce UVM's ecological footprint.

Emma Pinezich and Lilly Young

April 15, 2019

While the University bills itself as an environmentally friendly school, some ecological groups are working to further lower its environmental impact. From 2007 to 2014, UVM decreased its carbon footprint by 45%, said Gioia Thompson, office of sustainability director. But some students working to improve t...

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

How the hotel industry can hurt developing countries

Colleen Ward

January 19, 2019

Students coming back from winter break vacations don’t realize their impact on developing countries might be worse than they expected. The hotel and tourism industries are known for overusing fresh water, preventing local residents from accessing reliable water sources. Developing countries need hotel and to...

VT prepares to face climate change

VT prepares to face climate change

Staff Editorial

September 14, 2017

Recent worldwide environmental catastrophes have finally forced needed attention on climate change and the negative impact we humans have made on our planet. The magnitudes of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Katia as well as countless tornadoes and tropical storms are irrefutably correlate...

Embracing Trump’s greener change of heart

Embracing Trump's greener change of heart

Lily Spechler

April 27, 2017

In a world of trouble, many feel that President Donald Trump will soon be facing the most defining decision of his young presidency. The time has come for Trump to decide between staying in or withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement. A U.S. withdrawal would be nothing short of a ‘nuclear...

Former NBA owners donates millions to Gund Institute

Brandon Arcari, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017

UVM announced that with a new $6 million donation, the Gund Institute will be expanded to the entire University. The current Gund Institute for Ecological Economics will be expanded and renamed as the Gund Institute for Environment. The expansion will involve more interdisciplinary work acr...

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

UVM recognized as one of the most

Letter to the Editor

April 15, 2017

Dear Editor, The University of Vermont recently received its second gold STARS award. STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a system for universities worldwide to track and compare their sustainability efforts. STARS reports are broken down into six s...

Eco-Reps promote green UVM

Letter to the Editor

March 7, 2017

Dear Editor, The cover article titled "How Green is UVM?” published Feb. 22, has deeply resonated with me. While I agree that 20 percent Real Food is not where we should stop, the transition cannot happen overnight and exceeding 19% last year was a significant accomplishment. However, I...

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Elon Musk eases environmental concerns

Lily Spechler

February 16, 2017

CNBC called Elon Musk the 21st century Thomas Edison. Elon Musk is the CEO of American auto maker and energy storage company Tesla, co-founder of Solar-City, the CTO of rocket and spacecraft company SpaceX; and he has a few words to ease your environ-minds with regard to our new secretary ...

The environment belongs to us all

Staff Editorial

February 1, 2017

The mission of the Rubenstein school is to bring people and the environment together. For over 30 years, it has produced graduates that go out to create a world where this is possible. Not for some, for all. The school provides training, not only for environmental education, but for community d...

Al Gore on the changing climate

October 13, 2015

“We are counting on you,” said former vice president Al Gore to Vermont residents, the fifth-graders from the Sustainability Academy and UVM students in the Ira Allen Chapel Oct. 6.Gore’s lecture, “The Climate Crisis and The Case for Hope,” was a part of UVM’s Energy Action Seminar Series. “When someone as historically and politically relevant as Al Gore is g...

Focus of new film: finding ways to reuse

Kelsey Neubauer, Staff Writer

September 15, 2015

An environmental justice film premiered at Merrill’s Roxy theater this week. “REUSE! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet,” directed by  Alex Eaves, made its Burlington premier at the local theater Sept. 10. The screening was hosted by Eaves and the Peace and Justice Center. The Peace and...

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