Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
PAE-4: Sustainability Plan

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bill Throop
Provost's Office
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Does the institution have a sustainability plan that meets the criteria for this credit?:

A brief description of how multiple stakeholder groups were involved in developing the plan:

Green Mountain College aims to systematically improve sustainability across the College, through leadership in policy and governance, education and research, co-curricular programs, operations improvements, facilities upgrades, and behavior change. Based on an assessment
performed by the GMC Sustainability Office in 2010-2011 and reviewed by faculty, staff, students and administrators that comprise the Campus Sustainability Council, four areas were identified as priorities. These include waste management, purchasing, transportation and building a culture of sustainability. These areas offer opportunity for academic engagement, co-curricular outreach and activities, staff development and campus-wide engagement.

This three-year plan aims to focus attention on areas in need of improvement and outlines specific goals and strategies that will be pursued during the next three years. The plan was approved by Cabinet in 2011 and serves as a companion document to the GMC Climate Action Plan, adopted in 2009 to address emissions reductions on campus.

A brief description of the plan’s measurable goals :

Waste Management:
GMC aims to increase its waste diversion rate by 5% per year over the next 3 years to bring the rate to 40% in 2014.

Over the next three years, the GMC sustainable purchasing policy will be expanded, and the College will document its sustainable purchasing practices.

In the next three years, GMC will evaluate the effectiveness of its transportation policies and create strategies to decrease emissions from transportation by 10% by 2014.

Culture of Sustainability:
GMC aims to strengthen its culture of sustainability so that all employees and students address social, ecological, and economic dimensions of sustainability in decision-making and action.
Initiatives will include:
1. Increase participation in the Green Job Corps (GJC) by 5 departments by 2013.
2. Expand staff development opportunities to incorporate a focus on sustainability.
3. Launch new Sustainability Stories Initiative through the Campus Sustainability Council in 2011-2012.
4. Strengthen the Eco Reps program and develop programming to encourage students and staff to make decisions that are more sustainable.
5. Support outreach efforts in the Poultney community to develop a culture of sustainability (e.g. Poultney Co-op, educational outreach in local schools).

A brief description of how progress in meeting the plan’s goals is measured:

The Campus Sustainability Council addresses the objectives outlined in the Sustainability Plan and reports on progress through the sustainability website and other outreach events.

The website URL where more information about the sustainability plan is available:
The year the plan was developed or last updated:

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