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.

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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.

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How to Inspire Your Community to Become a Transition Town

Graduate Programs, Sustainability Projects

Transition or a Transition Town is an innovative movement in which communities collaborate on a local level to address challenges and build solutions for a sustainable future. In a time when global issues and politics can seem overwhelming and discouraging, helping your community to become a Transition Town is a rewarding way to make a tangible difference.

The process of transforming your city into a Transition Town may seem daunting. Where should you even begin? Here, we’ll discuss some practical ways to make your local community more sustainably aware.  

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Unpacking Social, Economic, and Environmental Sustainability at Green Mountain College

Triple Bottom Line, Sustainability Projects

At Green Mountain College, we believe that sustainability and sustainable practices are multifaceted. In order to practice authentic sustainability, leaders need to implement sustainable initiatives in social, economic, and environmental spheres.

In this post, we’ll explore what this means in more detail and discuss how it can be achieved in a practical way.  

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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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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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GMC Named Top Baccalaureate College for Sustainability

Sustainability Projects

Green Mountain College was recognized on October 25th as the nation’s top baccalaureate institution for sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). 

AASHE also awarded Green Mountain College the #1 spot in sustainability-based curriculum.

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OTIS Appears in WaPo Book Review

Alternative Learning, Sustainability Projects

OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space), the ingenious “tiny house” created in 2013 by GMC students in the College’s design/build program, was featured in a Washington Post slideshow as part of a book review on Rebecca Roke’s “Nanotecture: Tiny Built Things.” The review notes that the “small-is-beautiful ethos is also about spiritual improvement, mindfulness and a better relationship to the social and natural world.”

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Recent Graduate Leaves Behind a Fair Trade Legacy

Student Stories, Sustainability Projects

Before graduating from Green Mountain College in May, Student Senate President Antoine Lucic of Brussels, Belgium, presented the College with a gift: a comprehensive Fair Trade Resolution he authored with the help of fellow students, faculty and administrators.

The resolution commits the College to Fair Trade practices including making Fair Trade certified coffee, tea, chocolate and other products available in dining facilities and in the College’s student-run Coffee House. It was approved by the College’s sustainability committee and adopted by the cabinet on May 10, making GMC an official Fair Trade college.

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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.