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.