Green Mountain College was already in the vanguard of sustainability on college campuses when the first meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was held in 2006, where GMC Provost Dr. William Throop represented the College at planning sessions for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). Later, GMC president Jack Brennan was among the initial signatories of the ACUPCC, and the first in Vermont.
The commitment created an ambitious goal for the College: to achieve climate neutrality within a specific time frame. The College conducted a carbon inventory and developed a proposal for a climate action plan, and these efforts resulted in construction of a new biomass plant.
The ACUPCC has called on institutions of higher to raise public consciousness about the dangers of global warming and provide leadership in finding real solutions to reducing our nation’s carbon footprint. GMC took that charge seriously.
Check out the Sustainability Council page here.