At Saint Michael’s, we do our best to minimize the impact of our energy choices. Since 2015, the college has been focusing on renewable energy sources to reduce our reliance of fossil fuels. Across campus off of Lime Kiln road, the college’s solar array collects power from the sun and produces about 270,000 kWh annually. The campus also utilizes geothermal energy pumps to heat and cool our newest buildings on campus.
Since 2001, the college has worked closely with Efficiency Vermont to identify opportunities to reduce energy demands via more efficiency lighting and technology. To date, thanks to our partnership with Efficiency Vermont, the college has saved over 3.1 million kWh annually. Pomerleau Alumni Center is a LEED certified building; Dion Family Student Center and Quad Commons Residence Hall exceed LEED efficiency.
SMC’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory
Each year the Office of Sustainability updates the college’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory (which tracks Scopes 1 & 2 emissions). Here is a snapshot of our current inventory. You’ll see that the College has reduced its carbon emissions by 28% since 2003. This is significant as we’ve added 6 buildings over this time period!
FREE GMT Commuter Pass to all Students, Staff and Faculty
Saint Michael's College is a proud member of Green Mountain Transit's Unlimited Access Program. All students and Saint Michael's employees can ride GMT, Burlington's city bus system, for free! The program is funded by the college as a benefit of enrollment and employment. With convenient routes all over the Burlington area, why use your own car! For route information, visit GMT's website.
Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charge Stations
During the summer of 2011, Saint Michael's College and Green Mountain Power partnered to install 2 electric vehicle charging stations in the parking lot near Klein Hall (also installed were solar panels on the roof of Klein Hall to offset the electricity usage from the charging stations).
Our grounds department manages the campus landscape with the environment in mind. This means caring for the land in a manner that is the least impactful to the environment and the various organisms (other than just people) that call Saint Michael’s home. The majority of the campus is not watered, and the central green is watered only in the driest of summers. For the Doc Jacob fields, we use a ground water recycling system. Young trees are watered for the first year or two, but just localized to their root area. Pesticides and herbicides are not used. All grass clippings and leaves are incorporated into the College’s Compost site (also managed by the Grounds Department).
Bee Campus Certification
In April of 2017, Saint Michael’s became the 2nd campus in Vermont and 23rd campus nationwide to be certified as a Bee Campus. The Bee Campus USA designation recognizes educational campuses that commit to a set of practices that support pollinators, including bees, butterflies, birds, and bats, among thousands of other species.