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October 2022

Sustainable Campus Fund

The Sustainable Campus Fund (SCF) gives students, faculty and staff grants for campus projects that reduce UVM's impact on climate and the environment. Students are encouraged to email sri@uvm.edu for help developing their idea into a strong proposal. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.  

If you're familiar with the Generation Conscious machine in the Davis Center, the electric lawn equipment UVM Grounds is using, the UVM Recycling ebike compost hauling pilot, or the Net Zero work RSENR has done, then you know the SCF! Click Learn More or visit go.uvm.edu/scf to see examples of past awards.  

Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association Survey

CATMA is conducting their annual transportation survey in collaboration with UVM to better understand transportation behavior, evaluate trends, explore barriers and provide suggestions for improvements to sustainable transportation options, services, and resources. Please check your inbox for an email titled We want your opinion | CATMA Transportation Survey. Your participation is greatly appreciated and participants are entered to win a Amazon gift card.

Light Up the Night: Bike Light Giveaway Event

UVM is teaming up with Local Motion to give out free bike lights in an effort to encourage the use of lights for nighttime biking as part of the Light Up the Night safety campaign. Riding a bike with mounted lights not only increases visibility and safety, but it’s also the law!  All cyclists traveling between sunset and sunrise are required to equip their bikes with both a mounted white light on the front and a red reflector on the back. Come get your free light set at the Davis Center Oval (outside of bookstore) on Thursday, October 20, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Break Transit

This NEW student ride share platform built on Teams provides UVM students with a way to connect and find rides home for breaks. Thanksgiving is approaching, and carpooling with friends or classmates can be an efficient, flexible, and likely cheaper way to travel. Carpooling may help Passengers avoid expensive flights- if you live too far away to drive, consider carpooling to a larger airport and getting a non-stop home. This is a closed platform and you must have a student ID to log-in. 

Weigh the Waste

From 10/24-10/27, Weigh the Waste will be happening during dinner time at Redstone Dining Hall. During Weigh the Waste, students will be asked to sort their edible and non-edible waste in separate bins. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about the food waste occurring in the dining halls and its impact on the environment. Waste will be tracked throughout the week and tallied and displayed in the dining hall at the end of each night. 

Composting In Your Room Is Easy!

  1. Pick up a brown compost bag located at the front desk of your residence hall
  2. Keep the bag and fill when needed with food scraps and napkins (nothing else is acceptable!)
  3. When the bag is full, toss it into the compost bin in the lobby of your building and grab a new bag from the front desk

Generation Conscious

Have you seen the new laundry detergent dispenser in the Davis Center? It's not just a zero waste initiative, it's also a hygiene equity solution! And the company behind it is hiring students to help maintain the machine and promote the mission. It's a flexible on campus job paying $20/hr for 2-4 hr/wk! First-generation, low-income, and BIPOC students are especially encouraged to apply. Apply on Handshake and/or email info@generationconscious.co

UVM Dining Updates

Why are you seeing disposable utensils & plates in the dining halls? 

When UVM Dining has the staff to support the dishwashing of reusable plates and utensils they will use them.  If the team is short-staffed you will see disposable options available. We are working to hire and train new team members to help fully staff the dish rooms across campus. Passionate about decreasing packaging waste on campus? They'd love to have you join the team to help in the dish room! Complete the UVM Dining job inquiry form today.

Why do compostable plates go in the landfill bin?

In January our local compost facility stopped accepting packaging and foodware. These items now go in the landfill. Check out their website for more information about this change.  Please do your part to properly sort your waste on campus: 

  • Food scraps and napkins go in the compost.  
  • Compostable plates, cups, utensils, and packaging go in the landfill. 
  • Empty/clean cans, bottles, clear plastic, and paper go in the recycling. 
  • Visit UVM Recycling for more tips and resources on waste sorting on campus.

Upcoming Events 

  • Apple Tasting with Catamount Farm, 10/19 from 5-7p at Harris Millis Dining
  • Light Up The Night, 10/20 from 3:30-5p at Davis Center Oval
  • Weigh the Waste, 10/24-27 from 5-8 at Redstone Dining
  • Make-your-own Halloween Trail Mix, 10/31 from 5-7p at Marche
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