Green Mountain College
Seal of Green Mountain College
Motto in English
|Let There be Light|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Robert W. Allen|
|Campus||155 acres (0.63 km2)|
|Colors||Golden yellow and hunter green|
|Mascot||Larry the Eagle|
Green Mountain College was a private liberal arts college in Poultney, Vermont, United States, at the foot of the Taconic Mountains between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. The college had a core set of courses known as the Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) curriculum, in environmental and natural sciences, writing, reading, history and philosophy. In January 2019, it was announced that the college would close at the conclusion of the 2019 academic year.
Green Mountain was founded in 1834 as Troy Conference Academy, a coeducational institution. In 1863 the school's name changed to Ripley Female College; in 1874 back to Troy Conference Academy; and in 1937 to Green Mountain Junior College. Green Mountain became a two-year junior college for women in 1943. In 1974, the school changed its name to Green Mountain College and returned to coeducational status, offering four-year baccalaureate degrees. In the late 1990s the college began to focus on environmental literacy and citizenship.
On January 23, 2019, Green Mountain's President, Robert W. Allen, announced that, due to financial problems, the college would close at the end of the 2019 academic year. Arizona's Prescott College — which also focuses on the environment and sustainability — agreed to allow Green Mountain students to complete their degrees at Prescott. Prescott also said it would maintain the college's student records and hire some Green Mountain faculty.
Green Mountain College offered 23 undergraduate majors GMC also offered the following graduate degrees: an MBA in Sustainable Business; MS in Environmental Studies; MS in Sustainable Food Systems; and MS in Resilient and Sustainable Communities.
GMC was home to an educational track known as the Progressive Program. Based on the ideas of philosopher John Dewey and formed on a philosophy similar to that of Goddard College, a Vermont institution recognized for its dedication to progressive education, the students in the program defined their own education goals and worked with faculty members individually to meet them.
In 2007, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) awarded Green Mountain College the Campus Sustainability Leadership Award in the "Under 1,000" category. The award recognizes Green Mountain for commitment to environmental sustainability in its governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach. GMC was also named the Sierra Club's #1 Cool School for 2018.
Green Mountain was named an EPA Energy Star Showcase Campus following campus-wide retrofitting of light fixtures.
Students have installed a wind turbine to power the campus green house and solar panel on the roof of the student center.
On April 22, 2010, GMC formally opened a new combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant costing $5.8m. The school expects to reduce carbon emissions by more than 50% and reach carbon neutrality by 2011. The plant will burn about 4,000-5,000 tons of locally harvested woodchips each year as the primary fuel and it is expected to provide 85% of the school's heat and generate 20% of its electricity and is capable of generating 400,000 kWh of electricity.
Through the Student Campus Greening Fund (SCGF) every GMC student contributes $30 from the college activities fee. Students design projects and submit proposals. Awards are based on a student vote. SCGF money has been used to install bike racks, purchase recycling bins, use bio-diesel in campus maintenance equipment, and upgrade the alternative energy systems that power the farm greenhouse.
- Amsale Aberra – Ethiopian-born American fashion designer and entrepreneur
- William Duell – actor and singer
- Richie Grant – soccer coach
- Edward H. Ripley – businessman and Union Army officer in the Civil War
- William Y. W. Ripley – Union Army officer in the Civil War and recipient of the Medal of Honor
- George E. Royce – businessman and banker
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