The Green Mountain College Campus Sustainability Council was created in 2006 to address the requirements outlined by the Presidents Climate Commitment, and to serve as a facilitating body to move the campus toward climate neutrality. The CSC meets bi-weekly, reviews policies and makes recommendations for improving campus sustainability.
Aaron Witham (Chair), Director of Sustainability
Tom Mauhs-Pugh, Provost & Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Prof. Bill Landesman, Environmental Studies
Prof. Steve Letendre, Environmental Studies
Prof. Jacob Park, Business & Economics
Chris Bunker, Manager of Grounds
Bay Hammond, Farm Manager
Ryan Ihrke, Director of Student Involvement
Melissa Rosenberg, Admissions Counselor
Titania Green, Student Rep. & SCGF Member '16
Peyton Jones, Student Rep. & SCGF President '16
Salima Mahamoudou, Student Rep. & Senate Member '16
Processes & Procedures
After completing GMC's second Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory in 2009, the College's Climate Action Plan was created by the CSC, approved and filed with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in September of 2009.
As part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, signed by GMC in 2007, the College was required to create the plan to achieve carbon neutrality. It includes short, medium and long-term goals achievable by 2011, 2020 and 2050. GMC’s sustainability office, the Campus Sustainability Council and students in ten academic courses developed the plan with input from the campus community. Read a two page summary here.
The release of the Climate Action Plan was followed by the creation of a Sustainability Plan in 2011. This plan outlines more in-depth goals and strategies to improve sustainability on campus beyond emissions alone.