Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 81.82
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date Feb. 23, 2018
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Green Mountain College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Thomas Mauhs-Pugh
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Academic Affairs/Administration
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students (I.e. an interdisciplinary academic program that concentrates on sustainability as an integrated concept)?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

The way humans produce food can intensify problems like global warming, water scarcity and energy shortages. Farming methods can also become part of the solution for a more habitable world. Green Mountain College’s Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems program shows students how to take part in the current food revolution that is transforming farming and how we view food.

In the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production program, agriculture and food systems are presented through the lenses of history, anthropology, the natural sciences, philosophy, business, economics, and art. The College's Cerridwen Farm serves as an agricultural laboratory right on campus. And the Solar Harvest Center, just a few steps away from the farm, provides office and classroom space for the Farm & Food Project and other regional organizations.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

REED is an undergraduate program designed to help students explore the renewable energy and green building fields. This customizable major offers depth of study in renewable energy and ecological design, while allowing students to specialize in a specific area of interest including art, business, and sustainable agriculture.
Benefits include:
- Mentoring by expert GMC faculty and leading practitioners in the EcoDesign and renewable energy fields
- A hands-on curriculum that allows you to combine theoretical knowledge with engagement in real-world solutions
- Preparation for a variety of career and graduate school opportunities in renewable system installation, design/build companies and advocacy organizations.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (3rd program):
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (3rd program):

The Environmental Studies program challenges students to examine their views on how humans interact with their natural and social environments. Students learn by doing; Vermont’s diverse ecosystems provide a living laboratory, while local issues engage students in ethics and policy classes. The GMC Block Course and the EcoLeague Consortium offer opportunities for interdisciplinary learning, and students graduate ready to address the complexities of environmental problems today.

Tied integrally to the mission of Green Mountain College, environmental studies is one of the largest and most diverse programs at the school. Nationally prominent environmental philosophers, writers, and policy makers teach courses, granting students access to the scholars who are shaping environmental thought today.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors, concentrations or certificates for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:
Minor in Resilient and Sustainable Communities

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate:

Students who minor in resilient and sustainable communities will learn how to assess community assets and challenges, how to leverage change in a system, and how to mobilize community members around issues of justice, sustainability and resilience.


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Minor in Chemistry

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):

GMC's program places special emphasis on green chemistry -- a topic that fits well with Green Mountain College's sustainability mission. Green chemistry focuses on the reduction or elimination of the generation of hazardous substances in the design, manufacture and application of chemical products. GMC Professor Sue Sutheimer is a leader in this field - she is a 2010 recipient of the American Chemical Society & Committee on Environmental Improvement Award for Incorporating Sustainability into Chemistry Education. Over the last several years, she has continued her leadership in the field by researching and teaching about energy chemistry, climate change chemistry, and water chemistry.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):
Minor in Animal Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (3rd program):

Animal Studies is a new interdisciplinary field that is emerging as a response to the profound impact of human practices on other species and rising concern about animal use and treatment. The study of animals in an interdisciplinary context—the natural and social sciences, the humanities, law and policy, etc.—bears on how students understand themselves and on what policies they will endorse in relation to nonhuman nature.

In addition to biological study of animal behavior and conservation, students in this minor will have an opportunity to explore issues associated with, among others: livestock agriculture, animal rights law, wildlife management, hunting, traditional animal husbandry, animal experimentation, veterinary care, landscape sustainability, threatened biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, animals in recreation, activist ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal pain and suffering, animal cognition, culture in animals, bushmeat, and trade in endangered species.


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All programs listed in this inventory are active in the Fall of 2017.

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