Rooted in Place: Understanding a Bioregional Approach to Graduate Learning

Graduate Programs, Alternative Learning

The most effective way to heal the planet and society is to be the positive change we want to see in the world — by creating the sustainable organizations and systems that support a healthy planet and societies for future generations.

In order to make an impact, we’re going to need brave innovators, educators, and activists that are ready to implement their knowledge and skills into their current organizations and communities.

This is where the bioregional, applied approach to learning at Green Mountain College becomes so vital.

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White Gate Farm: Where I Experienced Authentic Farm-to-Table Sustainability

Alternative Learning

Coming from Green Mountain College's campus and from Vermont — ground zero for Sustainable Food Systems, Farm-to-Table, and the Fresh Food Movement — it’s always a delight to discover the spirit of healthy, delicious, and sustainable food alive and well in other states.

I already blogged about my visit to Kai Kai Farms in Stuart, Florida. But in March, my friend David arranged for a surprise visit to White Gate Farm, a thriving Farm-to-Table establishment in East Lyme, Connecticut. I was only too happy to accept!

Keep reading for a look at responsible agriculture and authentic farm-to-table initiatives in practice!

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Experiencing Farm-to-Table: A Professor's Visit to Kai Kai Farm in Florida

Alternative Learning

My name is Darryl Benjamin, and I'm a professor at Green Mountain College, teaching in the College's Master of Sustainable Food Systems/Resilient and Sustainable Communities.

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, I had the privilege of visiting an outstanding farm-to-table farm in Stuart, Florida.

Read on to learn a little bit more about my experience visiting Kai Kai Farm (and for some lovely photos of Eucalyptus trees and sprouting seedlings!).

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Why Sustainability-Related Bachelor’s Degrees Lead to Valuable Career Paths

Alternative Learning, Undergraduate Programs

What does it actually look like to achieve sustainability — environmentally, socially, and economically?

In reality, this is a rather complex question to answer because it requires an in-depth understanding of all spheres of sustainability, as well as the ability and desire to embrace real change both in academics and in the workforce.

But if you’re considering pursuing an undergraduate degree in a sustainability-focused field, here’s how Green Mountain College can give you a competitive advantage in a variety of professional spheres.

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Sustainability in the Community: GMC's Dedication to Learning Through Service

Alternative Learning, Sustainability Projects

A key part of our Sustainability 2020 Strategic Plan under initiative 1 is to “strengthen College/community partnerships to enhance the vibrancy of the local communities.”

At Green Mountain College, we are committed to educating the next generation of transformational leaders that will foster meaningful change in their communities and the broader world. Through our work in the Community Outreach and Service Learning programs, we demonstrate our commitment to this mission by providing students with hands-on experiences that immerse them in their immediate communities through volunteering and service learning.

Take a look at the on- and off-campus service opportunities offered through Green Mountain College.

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Going to College for a Purpose: How We Prepare Today’s Leaders to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems

Alternative Learning

It is clear that we live in dynamic times and that the values and priorities of our world are shifting in drastic ways. Now, more than ever, it is important to pursue an education that is in tune with this evolution- (and revolution-) minded culture, that reflects and respects the climate of the world around us, and prepares you to proactively seek out and solve the issues of the future.

Here at Green Mountain College (GMC), we are helping prepare students to become the leaders of tomorrow by offering a sustainability-focused education that meets the changing needs of students and society.

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Cerridwen Farm - A Working Example of Sustainable Food & Food Systems

Alternative Learning, Sustainability Projects

At Green Mountain College, we are passionate about farming and sustainable food solutions. It permeates much of what we do — from our fields to our greenhouses, from our dorms to our campus dining hall — our conversations and solutions are influenced by food sustainability. Our dedication is highlighted in the GMC Sustainable Food Solutions Project, which is all about reclaiming nature, nurture, and nutrition by way of learning why it matters.

Here at GMC, we believe that the ways in which we relate to food are good indicators of how we relate to our society, other cultures, and the environment. We understand that the issues surrounding sustainability, the environment, and how our cultures use these resources are difficult and complex topics, but we think those conversations are worth having.

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Learning Outside The Classroom: 3 Reasons We Believe Extracurricular Activities are Essential

Alternative Learning

What do rugby, beekeeping, and theatre have in common?

They’re just a few examples of extracurricular activities designed to stimulate additional learning and community at Green Mountain College. We offer activities ranging from ultimate Frisbee to philosophy, from horseback riding to gaming, from golf to contra dancing — we even offer a knitting club called stitchin’ & bitchin’.

Why do we offer such a wide variety of clubs and activities? We do this because we believe learning beyond the classroom is essential to real learning and to experiencing an authentic community in college (and beyond!).

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Why Interdisciplinary Hands-On Learning Experiences Are Valuable for Future Leaders in Sustainability

Alternative Learning, Undergraduate Programs

As a future college student, you are searching for the perfect fit — that unique college or university which will offer you an unmatched educational experience and a leg up in the professional world upon graduation. At Green Mountain College (GMC), we are pioneering the future of college education by incorporating sustainability practice and theory into a hands-on, interdisciplinary learning environment.

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7 Reasons to Hang Out With Your College Chaplain

Alternative Learning

From an article by Paul Rauschenbush in Huffpost, tweaked to reflect GMC.

1. Chaplains Are Interested in The Big Questions

Chaplains are consistently searching to answer the important questions at the heart of a liberal arts education such as: Who am I? What kind of life do I want to live? What do I believe? How will I contribute to this world? 

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FIRST IN SUSTAINABILITY

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.