POULTNEY - Green Mountain College continues to earn accolades as
one of the greenest colleges in the country. GMC received a perfect
"99" green rating in the 2013 edition of The Princeton Review's
Guide to 322 Green Colleges released April 16.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC), the Guide to 322 Green Colleges is
a comprehensive guidebook profiling higher education institutions
that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their
academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career
Green Mountain was cited for excellence in academic programming
and a strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
"'Going green' is more than a catchphrase at Green Mountain
College-it's a raison d'être," states the guide. "In 2012 the
college approved a strategic plan Sustainability 2020 which
challenges GMC to meet all of its energy needs with 100 percent
renewable energy by 2020."
The 2013 edition includes schools across the nation which earned
scores of 83 or higher. Green Mountain College was the only Vermont
college or university to achieve a top score of 99.
School profiles in the guide feature essential information for
college applicants - facts and stats on school demographics,
admission, financial aid - plus write-ups on the schools' specific
sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports
on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy
sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of
environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.
Robert Franek, senior vice-president of The Princeton Review,
said "We are truly pleased to recommend GMC along with all of the
fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges
that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and
Franek noted his company's recent survey findings indicating
significant interest among college applicants in attending "green"
colleges. "Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our
2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having
information about a school's commitment to the environment would
influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he
Founded in 1834, Green Mountain College is a private, four-year
liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying
theme across the curriculum. The College now offers 25 academic
majors and three online graduate degree programs.