Green Mountain College

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Green Mountain College

Seal of Green Mountain College
MottoLux Fiat
Motto in EnglishLet there be Light
Established1834[1]
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church [1]
Endowment$2,926,034[1]
PresidentPaul J. Fonteyn[2]
Academic staff45[3]
Students710[1]
LocationPoultney, Vermont, USA
Campus155 acres (0.63 km2)[1]
ColorsGolden Yellow and Hunter Green            
NicknameEagles
Websitewww.greenmtn.edu
GreenMountainCollegeLogo.png
 
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Green Mountain College

Seal of Green Mountain College
MottoLux Fiat
Motto in EnglishLet there be Light
Established1834[1]
TypePrivate
Religious affiliationUnited Methodist Church [1]
Endowment$2,926,034[1]
PresidentPaul J. Fonteyn[2]
Academic staff45[3]
Students710[1]
LocationPoultney, Vermont, USA
Campus155 acres (0.63 km2)[1]
ColorsGolden Yellow and Hunter Green            
NicknameEagles
Websitewww.greenmtn.edu
GreenMountainCollegeLogo.png

Green Mountain College is a coeducational private environmental liberal arts college located in Poultney, Vermont, in the USA.

Green Mountain is located in the Vermont countryside, at the foot of the Taconic Mountains between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

The College has a core set of courses known as the Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA) curriculum, in environmental and natural sciences, writing, reading, history and philosophy.

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History

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; in 1937 to Green Mountain Junior College. Green Mountain became a two-year junior college for women in 1943.[4] In 1974, the school changed its name to Green Mountain College and returned to coeducational status, offering four-year baccalaureate degrees.[5] Beginning in the 1990s the college began to focus on environmental literacy and citizenship.[6]

Education

Green Mountain College offers 24 majors: Adventure Education, Art, Art with Secondary Licensure, Biology, Biology with Secondary Licensure, Communications, Elementary Education, Elementary Education with Special Education Endorsement, English, English with Secondary Licensure, Environmental Studies, Fine Art, History, History with Secondary Licensure, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Resources Management, Philosophy, Psychology, Resort & Hospitality Management, Sociology/Anthropology, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Production, Sustainable Business, Writing, and Youth Development & Camp Management.[7]

Green Mountain offers distance master's programs in Environmental Studies and sustainable business, as well as an online master's of business administration.[8]

The progressive program

GMC is home to an educational tract known as the Progressive Program. Based on the ideas of philosopher John Dewey[9] and formed on a philosophy similar to that of Goddard College — a Vermont institution recognized for its dedication to progressive education[10]— the students in the program define their own education goals and work with faculty members individually to meet them.[9]

Green Mountain College choir

The GMC choir is the only collegiate choir in the U.S. with a repertoire of Welsh language music.[11][12]

Student clubs

Academic Clubs: Agora, Bio/Enviro, Camp Club, Education Club, Forestry Club, History Club, Outdoor Recreation Association, Pre-Law Club, Pre-Med/Pre-Vet Club, and Psychology Club.

Club Sports: Men's Rugby, Quidditch (Welsh Green Dragon), Ultimate Frisbee, and Women's Rugby.

Other Clubs: Anime Club (Green Mountain Otaku), Farm Crew, and Spirituality Club.

Skills Clubs: Equestrian Club, HERBAL Tribe, Shakti Tribal Dance Coupe, and Slow Foods Chapter.

Social Action and Awareness Clubs: Black Culture Club, Club Activism, DREAM Mentoring, International Awareness Club, Intercultural Club, PANTS (People Are Not Their Sex), and Pride.[13]

Green campus

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.[14][15]

Green Mountain was named an EPA Energy Star Showcase Campus following campus-wide retrofitting of light fixtures.[16]

Students have installed a wind turbine to power the campus green house and solar panel on the roof of the student center.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Green Mountain College (2011)". U.S. News and World Report. http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/green-mountain-college-3687. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  2. ^ "President’s Office". Green Mountain College. http://www.greenmtn.edu/about/president.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  3. ^ "About GMC". Green Mountain College. http://www.greenmtn.edu/about.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  4. ^ "Alumni Board History". Green Mountain College. 2010. http://www.greenmtn.edu/alums/history.aspx. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  5. ^ "GMC History". Green Mountain College. 2010. http://www.greenmtn.edu/about/history.aspx. Retrieved 2010-03-09. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Tim (November 20, 2011). "Green Mountain College evolves toward environmentalism". Burlington Free Press. http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20111120/GREEN01/111118024/Green-Mountain-College-evolves-toward-environmentalism. Retrieved February 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Academic Program". Green Mountain College. http://www.greenmtn.edu/academic-catalog/2011_academic_catalog/academic_programs.aspx. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Online Graduate Programs". Green Mountain College. http://www.greenmtn.edu/onlinegraduateprograms.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  9. ^ a b "Progressive Program". http://www.greenmtn.edu/chart/progressive-program.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  10. ^ "College History". Goddard College. http://www.goddard.edu/history. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  11. ^ "The Music Program". Green Mountain College. 2010. http://www.greenmtn.edu/music.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  12. ^ "American choir traces Welsh roots". BBC News. 2010-03-10. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/8559808.stm. 
  13. ^ "Student Clubs". Green Mountain College. http://www.greenmtn.edu/life/activities/clubs.aspx. Retrieved 21 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Campus Sustainability Profiles". Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 2005-2010. http://www.aashe.org/resources/profiles/profiles.php. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  15. ^ "Green Mountain College 2007 Campus Sustainability Leadership Award Application". Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 2007. http://www.aashe.org/resources/profiles/green_mtn2007.php. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  16. ^ Jesse B. Pyles (2008). "Campus Greening: Green Mountain College, Poultney, Vermont". Worldwatch Institute. http://www.worldwatch.org/node/5262. Retrieved 2010-02-02. 
  17. ^ "Campus Greening in Action". Green Mountain College. http://sustainability.greenmtn.edu/climate_neutrality/students_leaders/greening_action.aspx. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  18. ^ "Green Mountain College Opens CHP Biomass Plant". 2010. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/green-mountain-college-opens-58-million-biomass-project-on-earth-day-91854764.html. Retrieved 2010-04-23. 
  19. ^ Green Mountain College Introduces New Intensive Sustainable Agriculture Major 02.21.10

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