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Green Mountain College Receives Sustainability Award at National Conference

POULTNEY, VT – The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) presented its annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards Friday, September 7, with Green Mountain College winning the 'Under a 1,000' category. The awards recognize institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding overall commitment to sustainability in their governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach.

"We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year, so winning one of these awards is a major achievement," said Tom Kimmerer, the Executive Director of AASHE.

Jesse Pyles, Green Mountain College's Coordinator of Service Learning & Sustainability, and Jane Engleman '08, received the Sustainability Award at AASHE's award ceremony in Muncie, Indiana. While at the conference, Pyles and Engelman presented a poster on GMC's Student Campus Greening Fund, a student-operated program that supports campus environmental projects with student activities fees. They drove to the conference in the College's Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV).

The awards are endorsed by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of 13 leading higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies as well as in the system of higher education. The award winners were selected by pools of campus sustainability experts assembled by AASHE.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.

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