Vermont’s Green Mountain College Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2020

Green Mountain College, one of the most environmental college campuses in the United States, has committed to meeting all of its energy needs with 100% renewable energy by the year 2020.

Its campus master plan, Sustainability 2020 embodies GMC’s educational vision for the future while reflecting on the College’s commitment to bend the curve of progress toward more adaptable and enduring models of social, ecological and economic practices.

“Sustainability is the overarching principle under which we’ve articulated five main initiatives that will attract and retain a strong student body and innovative faculty and staff, positively impact the campus environment, and build financial stability,” said GMC president Paul J. Fonteyn.

“Authentic sustainability requires us to see sustainability not as ‘sacrifice’ but as a way to improve our quality of life,” said GMC provost William Throop, who is also president of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. “It means preparing students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to anticipate and help lead the monumental changes transforming our world.”

In 2010 –’11, a committee of trustees and staff developed a long-range vision for the College. The following year, a fifteen member strategic plan working group and six sub-committees transformed the vision into a detailed plan. In the spring of 2012, the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees, the Faculty Council, the Student Senate and the Staff Assembly approved Sustainability 2020.

In 2011, GMC became only the second College in the nation to achieve climate neutrality, and the first to do it through efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of quantifiable local carbon offsets.

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SOURCE: Green Mountain College

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