5 Ways Green Mountain College Lives Authentic Sustainability

Sustainability Projects

Deciding where to go to college is a really important decision, and there many legitimate considerations that you need to take into account when choosing your college.

For example, are you looking for an education that will land you a traditional type of desk job, or do you want something more hands-on? Do you want to make a real impact on the world, or are you looking for a more behind-the-scenes role? Do you prefer smaller learning environments and greater interactions with teachers, or does a larger campus and classes suit you better?

These are just a few of the questions you’re probably asking yourself as you prepare to take your first steps toward your academic and professional future.


7 Sustainability-Based Scholarships for 2019

Funding Your Degree

Are you passionate about sustainability?

Are you dedicated to choosing a college that will prepare you for mission-driven work? 

At Green Mountain College, we use our sustainability-focused education and our dedication to authentic sustainability to prepare uniquely qualified graduates to step into various sustainability-related professional fields, but we know that figuring out how to pay for college can be a challenge for some.

That's why we've taken the time to list a few scholarships that are specifically tailored for undergraduate (and sometimes graduate!) students who want to pursue an education based in sustainability. 


Working Hard, Playing Hard at The Killington School of Resort Management — Amy's Story

Women in Sustainability, Killington School of Resort Management

Most college-bound students (and their parents) are hopeful to pursue an academic program that will prepare them for lucrative and meaningful career options. At The Killington School of Resort Management, we constantly strive to find ways for students to put theory into practice, focusing on options that will result in real return on a student's college investment.

We chatted with Amy Laramie, a graduate of The Killington School of Resort Management, and got her take on what it was like to work hard and play hard at GMC.


6 Signs You’re Suited for a Career in Hospitality

Killington School of Resort Management

A dynamic career path that comes with all the thrill of outdoor adventure as well as all the luxury of a lucrative paycheck: For the right kind of person, it’s a dream come true.

While working in hospitality and resort management can be challenging, it’s also rewarding — and more than anything, it’s a ton of fun!

Read on to see if you have what it takes to succeed in a hospitality-focused career.


10 Questions to Ask When Attending a College Open House Event

Undergraduate Programs

Brochures and websites can’t capture the full story and the authentic experience of a college campus. For that, you need to visit the campus in person and attend an open house event.

At Green Mountain College, we believe it's invaluable for each student to discover what makes the GMC community so special. That's why we're hosting a Fall Open House event on Saturday, November 10.

We hope you'll be able to join us!  And, we encourage you to consider attending open houses at every college you are considering, so when you do choose where to enroll (and we are truly hoping it is GMC!) you'll feel confident in your decision.  Wherever you decide to attend,  keep reading for a list of questions to ask to ensure you get the most out of your visit.


5 New England Transition Towns to Jumpstart Your Green Community Initiatives

Sustainability Projects

Are you an inspired individual who wants to promote change within your community but are unsure of where to begin?

Luckily, there’s no need to start from scratch. Even just in the states around you, there are numerous examples of towns and cities that have begun to revolutionize their lifestyles and relocalize their communities through the Transition movement. While many Transition Towns have projects with similar goals, you can also find quite a few unique initiatives that have been created through the distinct talents and specific interests of participating community members.

Take a look at the diverse ways in which dedicated individuals have worked together to transform their communities from within — ecologically, economically, socially, and environmentally.


5 Women in Sustainability Demanding Accountability for Our Food

Graduate Programs, Women in Sustainability

As Director of Green Mountain College's Sustainable Food Systems premier online graduate program, I believe that global sustainability challenges require more of higher education institutions than graduation rates and that institutions should measure success — not just by what the institution does — but also by the sustainability challenges that they empower their students to address.

I'm here to highlight and congratulate five women (four current students and one alumna) who participated in Green Mountain College's M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems program and who recently had their academic papers accepted at national conferences. 

Let's take a look at how these women in sustainability used their education and their experiences to bring awareness to the issues of accountability and social justice in our food systems.


People, Profit, Planet: One Woman's Pursuit of the Sustainable MBA

Women in Sustainability

“Like a lot of families, we approached it from an economic standpoint — it just made sense to conserve fuel by turning the thermostat down a notch. So the idea of conservation as part of the triple bottom line — people, profit, planet—has always been in the background for me.”

That's what Kathleen (Kat) "McCarthy" has to say about her familiar attachment to the idea of sustainability and conservation. Kat is one of the many women in sustainability who pursued a sustainability-focused business education in order to make a real difference in the economic sphere of the triple bottom line. Keep reading to learn more!


Connecting Humans to Nature — Shannon's Experience in Environmental Studies

Women in Sustainability

Shannon Westlake is a self-described “tree hugger” — going back to her childhood growing up in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Today, Shannon is one of the many women in sustainability, interested in the connections between habitat management, species preservation, and healthy food. And she's cultivating her interest and her knowledge at Green Mountain College in the Master of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES).

Here's a look at Shannon's participation in the MSES program, her thoughts on GMC's applied learning model, and her interest in connecting humans to nature.


Sierra Magazine Ranks GMC as Top "Cool School" for 2018

Undergraduate Programs

Green Mountain College has been rated the #1 "Cool School by Sierra magazine, the official publication of The Sierra Club.   Sierra magazine’s annual “Cool Schools” list recognizes colleges and universities that are creating tangible change in all categories of “greenness”—from what is served in dining halls, to what is taught in lecture halls, to what is powering the dorms. This year, Sierra rated 269 institutions in 19 categories and GMC shared the top score with University of California Irvine. This was the ninth consecutive year that GMC finished among the top 15 on Sierra’s list.




For more than 20 years, Green Mountain College has been focused on environmental, social and economic sustainability. Our curriculum is rated #1 in the nation, and we’ve been recognized for our leadership in sustainability more than any other college in the country. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, with proven success teaching and mentoring GMC students to take on the great challenges of these times. 97% of our graduates are employed, in graduate school or otherwise gainfully engaged.

If you too want to learn how to do well by doing good, GMC is the place to be.