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Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications
October 24, 2011

Green Mountain College Provost Appointed Board Chair of AASHE

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. William Throop was elected chair of the board of directors of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) effective Jan. 1, 2012 during the organization's annual conference in Pittsburgh earlier this month.

AASHE was founded in 2005 to help coordinate and strengthen sustainability efforts in higher education across the nation. Since that time it has grown to more than 1100 institutional members and become a thought leader on sustainability.

"Bill is a true pioneer in the higher education sustainability movement, and it's a well-deserved honor for him and for Green Mountain College," said GMC President Paul J. Fonteyn.

Dr. Throop holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University, and he is a nationally recognized scholar in environmental ethics. He is one of the principal architects of the College's Environmental Liberal Arts (ELA), which combines a strong liberal arts course of study with a focus on sustainability and the environment.

Dr. Throop represented GMC at planning sessions for the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) at the first AASHE conference in October 2006. The ACUPCC has developed into a network of college and university leaders who are committed to eliminating net greenhouse gas emissions from their campus operations. GMC was an early signatory to the ACUPCC and became the second college in the country to achieve climate neutrality earlier this year.

"Since 1995, sustainability has moved from a fringe issue on campuses across the country to one of central importance," said Dr. Throop, who has served on the AASHE board for 3 years. "Higher education has a big role to play in preparing young leaders who will be making decisions based, in large part, on a sense of urgency about climate change and the importance of living and working sustainably."

AASHE is helping to create a brighter future of opportunity for all by advancing sustainability in higher education. By creating a diverse community engaged in sharing ideas and promising practices, AASHE provides administrators, faculty, staff and students, as well as the business that serve them, with thought leadership, essential knowledge resources, outstanding opportunities for professional development; and a unique framework for demonstrating the value and competitive edge created by sustainability initiatives. AASHE defines sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods, and a better world for all generations.

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