POULTNEY, Vt., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honored more than any other college as the leader in sustainability education, Green Mountain College of Poultney, Vermont today announced that the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education have recognized its premier academic programs.
AASHE has named Green Mountain College the top baccalaureate institution for sustainability, and also recognized its curriculum as number one. The association's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index ranks hundreds of colleges and universities using the rigorous Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). With nearly 800 institutions registered to participate, STARS is the leading tool for evaluating higher education sustainability performance.
Moreover, a new research report in the International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education highlights Green Mountain College as the standard-bearer in holistic education for sustainability. Whether "managing the campus coffee shop, working on the farm or in the garden, preparing meals in the cafeteria or collaborating on a Poultney community project," Green Mountain College students are immersed in a life of sustainability both within and outside the classroom. The authors elaborate on the college's successful practices that "create a significant change in learners regardless of major, minor or course selections." They chose Green Mountain College after reviewing an earlier STARS report ranking colleges for their Curriculum (formal) and Co-Curricular (informal) Education, noting that Green Mountain College was the only one "to earn 100 percent of the credits available in both categories." The full article can be accessed here.
"We are thrilled to lead by example as we prepare the next generation to build a socially, economically, and ecologically resilient society. Green Mountain College continues to lead the way in educating and empowering young citizens to improve our world," said Anthony (Tony) Cortese, Sc.D., Chairman of Green Mountain College's Board of Trustees and Principal of the Intentional Endowments Network.
Since pioneering a model for sustainable education more than 20 years ago, Green Mountain College has accomplished many firsts in Vermont and across the nation—from its #1 curriculum and climate neutral campus, to developing online master's degree programs in sustainable food systems, sustainable business, and resilient and sustainable communities. Under the leadership of President Robert (Bob) Allen, who joined the college in July, and the dedication and talents of the college's community of faculty, staff and students, the college continues to set the highest standard for sustainability based education. For more information, see www.greenmtn.edu.
About Green Mountain College
The nation's number-one college for sustainability education, Green Mountain College prepares students seeking to build meaningful careers pursuing social, economic and environmental sustainability. The college's holistic sustainability based education, built on a core Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum, enables students to develop the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Benefiting from a purposeful, personal, and practical education, 95 percent of Green Mountain College graduates report satisfaction from their careers. The college also offers online master's degree programs, and a three-year B.S. degree in partnership with The Killington Resort. For more information, please see www.greenmtn.edu.