Green Mountain College, in part with a national initiative by Fair Trade Campaigns to engage college/university students in issues of global poverty, is proud to announce its official designation as a Fair Trade College. Fair Trade is an economic system that ensures consumers the products they buy were grown, harvested, crafted and traded in ways that improve lives and protect the environment. Fair Trade Campaigns officially recognizes schools in the US committed to educating students about the issues of Fair Trade and sourcing Fair Trade products, like coffee, tea and bananas in the cafeteria, offices and at events.
With over 170 Fair Trade Colleges/Universities in the United Kingdom alone, the USA program grew out of work in Europe and the increasing demand for Fair Trade and ethically produced products to be incorporated into institutional purchasing. Fair Trade Campaigns sees the tremendous impact institutional purchasing in the US can have on farmers and artisans worldwide.
“There are few things more exciting than seeing today’s youth come to understand the role that they can play as consumers in making the world a more fair and just place. To see them become not just conscious consumers, but advocates for Fair Trade, should challenge all of us to do the same.” Billy Linstead Goldsmith, National Coordinator, Fair Trade Campaigns.
This would not have been possible without the devoted work of the Sustainability Office. Thank you to all that helped make us a Fair Trade College!