Green Mountain College and Audubon International—two organizations at the forefront of advancing sustainability—have announced a partnership to promote environmental stewardship and make sustainability education programs available to all. Staff at Audubon Internationals’ vast network of environmentally-responsible facilities will receive discounts to enroll in GMC’s cutting edge, online graduate curriculum in one of four sustainability disciplines. Graduate students at Green Mountain College can apply their place-based education by exploring and implementing Audubon International’s programs alongside professional staff.
Based in Troy, N.Y., Audubon International is incorporated as the Audubon Society of New York State. Through education, technical assistance, certification, and recognition, Audubon International facilitates the implementation of environmental management practices that ensure natural resources are sustainably used and conserved. To date, Audubon International has enrolled over 3,000 properties (including golf courses, cemeteries, ski areas, housing developments, hotels, and many others) and communities in its rigorous certification programs.
“Green Mountain College’s program is a model for sustainability training, and a natural academic partner for Audubon International and our member facilities,” said Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International. “Continuing Audubon International’s legacy of introducing science-based ecological principles to stewards of developed lands, partnering with GMC expands educational offerings available to the staff at Audubon International’s member organizations. We hope to further develop research opportunities with Green Mountain College faculty and students to advance sustainability science and practices using our real-world examples.”
“Green Mountain and Audubon International make great partners. Our students get to work hand in hand on sustainability projects with Audubon staff and partners, and people affiliated with Audubon can access award- winning and affordable sustainability education right at home,” noted Thomas Mauhs-Pugh, Provost at Green Mountain College.
Green Mountain College has been a leader in sustainability focused education for 20 years. The American Association for Sustainability in Higher Education rates it #1 in the country for its sustainability curriculum. GMC has received the highest score in Princeton Review’s greenest schools category since the category was created, and is currently rated the second greenest school in the country. GMC consistently ranks in the top 15 of Sierra Magazine’s annual coolest schools list. In 2006, GMC launched the nation’s first sustainable M.B.A. and first online M.S. in environmental studies. Since then the College has introduced an M.S. in sustainable food systems and an M.S. in resilient and sustainable communities, the first online programs of their kind in the U.S.