VSCN News & Updates

Winter 2015 Meeting January 28th at Champlain College

10 am: Welcome from Christine Erickson (Champlain College) followed by attendee introductions

10:15 am: Universal Recycling Law Presentation by Bryn Oakleaf of the VT Department of Environmental Conservation

11:00 am: On Campus EV Charging Stations and Transportation Demand Management Presentation by Vermont Energy Investment Corporation's transportation group and Campus Area Transportation Management Association. 

11:45 am: Tour of Champlain College’s Campus Transportation with Christina Erickson and Nic Anderson

12:30 pm: Lunch (provided by Efficiency Vermont) and Networking

1:15 pm: Real Food Challenge at UVM presentation by Caylin McKee and Maria Carabella

2:00 pm- 2:10pm- Richard Donnelly

2:10 pm: Campus Updates, Announcements, and Open Discussion

3:00 pm: End


 Universal Recycling Law

Bryn Oakleaf

VT Agency of Natural Resources


 Helpful Links:

Standardized Symbols for download:


Universal Recycling for Businesses & Institutions:


Publications & Reports generated by/for ANR:


Vermont Organics Recycling Summit – April 2, 2015


Waste Composition Study reveals more than half of our current waste can be recaptured and recycled.  Currently, 18% of waste or 29,000 tons of organics can be diverted.  We need to change our view of waste.  VT recycling rate has been 30-36% for the past 10 years, it is anticipated to become 50% with the new UR law.  Consistent messaging and logos will help the public choose the right container and recycling containers should be bigger than trash.

The Universal Recycling Law mandates collection by facilities/haulers that collect trash.  Compliance dates are as follows; July 2014 generators of 104 tons/year must divert materials to any certified facility within 20 miles, July 2015 generators of 52 tons/year must comply, July 2016 generators of 26 tons/year must comply, July 17 generators of 18 tons/year must comply, and July 2020 all food scraps banned from landfill.  This summer residential trash charges by volume or weight must be charged, recyclables are banned from landfill, facilitates must accept leaf and yard debris, haulers can not charge extra for recycling, and public buildings must provide recycling containers.


Forty-nine million Americans live in food insecure homes (1 out of 6).  Thirteen percent of Vermonters are food insecure, which is an increase from 2000 (4%).  Reducing food losses by 15% could feed 25 million.  Forty percent of food produced in America goes uneaten. The average US family of 4 wastes $1,500/year in lost food.  The University of Vermont uses this calculation for students 13,000 x lbs./student/week 1.13 x = 14,690 lbs/week. 

 Opportunities for VCSN

⁃ Food Recovery Network, Campus Kitchen

⁃ USEPA Food Recovery Challenge, USDA Food Waste Challenge

⁃ Ecoteams or ecoreps

⁃ move-in/move-out help with reuse organizations & community shelters

⁃ conduct waste audits

⁃ Digester on Campus



CATMA Presentation

Sandy Thibault


CATMA is a TMA (Transportation Management Association).  It links the private and public sector to facilitate movement of people and goods with the ability to decrease traffic and parking congestion.  There are 175 TMAs in the US.  The founders are Champlain, UVM, & UVM medical school, with associate members CCRPC, City of Burlington, Redstone Lofts/Apartments, and Seventh Generation.  They coordinate programs and services, such as bike/walk reward program, CarShare VT, free bus passes for students, and guaranteed ride home.  Working together on transportation issues help make program more economical to implement.  Single occupancy vehicles rates have decreased (70% in 2000 to 40% in 2012).  UVM students with cars have decreased from 50% in 2003 to 35% in 2012. 




Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for College Campuses

Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

Michelle McCutcheon-Schour


 Forty-six percent of Vermont’s GHG emissions are from transportation.  Electric vehicles (EVs) usage is growing, mostly hybrids.  EVs benefits include; gas cost reduced, reduced emissions, and are comfortable.  There are three levels of charging equipment:

⁃ Level 1 120v - 6-10 hours

⁃ Level 2 208/240v - 1-3 hours

⁃ DC-Fast Charging 480v - 15-30 minutes

 When deciding on what kind of charger, you need to think about the users needs and behavior, the electricity available, and the site location (visibility, accessibility, and durability).  In Vermont, you need to think about plowing issues.  EV charging locations are predominately located in the home, workplace, and public.  Campuses are unique because they are both workplaces and residential.  The benefits for campuses to install charging stations include; data collection, commitment to the environment, and opportunity to charge for charging. 



Real Food Challenge 

Caylin McKee and Maria Carabello


The Real Food Challenge is committed to 20% real food by 2020. It was founded in 2008, to leverage higher education institution to create more opportunities for real food.  There are four categories for food: local, ecological sound, fair, and humane.  UVM was one of the first to sign.  UVM students have taken advantage of leadership trainings hosted by the Real Food Challenge.  UVM leaders invested in the Real Food Challenge have organized a working group with representatives from dining services, staff, students and faculty.  There are three sub-committees concentrating on policy, implementation, and outreach.  They have patterned with classes to do research.  A student club called Real Food Revolution has been established.  There are paid internships for students to help with gathering data for the calculation.  Student eco-reps help gather data from non-Sodexo establishments on campus.  Sodexo supports the Real Food Challenge, so any institution with Sodexo can join the Real Food Challenge.  The calculator is available to institutions that have not signed the challenge. 



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