Insurance and Facilities operates under the purview of the Office of Finance.
Insurance and Facilities oversees the purchase and administration of insurance coverages and claims affecting Diocesan-affiliated parishes, schools and Vermont Catholic Charities residence homes.
Insurance and Facilities coordinates with the Diocesan Building Commission regarding building projects. It also assists the Insurance Division with administration of our annual SAFETY FIRST Grant Program, now entering its sixth year, to enhance building safety. The program offers a 50% matching grant each year up to $5,000 for qualified projects, as funds may be available year to year. The program has awarded over $218,000 for the successful completion of nearly 150 such projects.
The Facilities Division also performs detailed annual building inspections of every building on every property affiliated with the Diocese, at approximately 120 locations. In addition, the office monitors annual Essential Maintenance Practices (EMP) trainings for all Diocesan-affiliated daycares, schools and rental properties, and provides EPA-mandated annual asbestos training for, and semi-annual asbestos inspections of, all school maintenance personnel.
The Diocese of Burlington is embarking on efficiency upgrades for our HVAC and lighting systems for the Diocesan Administrative Office Building at 55 Joy Drive in South Burlington. Through the cooperation of several local companies, coordinated through Efficiency Vermont and CommonsEnergy, we are expecting to see significant savings and overall building efficiency over the next decade. Along with this efficiency upgrade is the exploration of solar power to offset the rising cost of electricity and to better the environment through a reduction of carbon emissions.
If you are interested in an energy efficiency audit and potential energy savings projects for your parish or diocesan building, contact [email protected]olic.org.