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April 28, 2011
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Princeton Review Rates GMC Among the Greenest

Green Mountain College has been rated among the most environmentally responsible schools in the country by The Princeton Review in the 2011 edition of Guide to 311 Green Colleges. The analysis was completed with the assistance of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Green Mountain was cited for excellence in academic programming and a strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability. "'Going green' is more than a catchphrase at Green Mountain College-it's a raison d'être," states the guide. "Green Mountain College integrates sustainability thoroughly across its curriculum. In addition to a comprehensive environmental liberal arts core curriculum . . . GMC also offers a renewable energy and ecological design certificate program, a new sustainable agriculture and food production degree, adventure education, natural resources management, and a sustainable MBA program."

The guide also notes recent steps Green Mountain has taken to reduce its carbon footprint. The College recently constructed a combined heat and power (CHP) heating plant powered by locally-sourced woodchips. This facility contributes significantly to achieving carbon neutrality by reducing the amount of fossil fuel used to heat the campus. When running at full efficiency, the plant will generate 85% of the College's heat and 20% of its electricity.

The 311 schools in the guide were selected for Princeton Review's "Green Rating" scores tallied in 2010. Green Mountain scored a 98 out of a possible 99 points, placing it among the greenest schools in the nation.

GMC was named greenest school in the nation by Sierra magazine in 2010.

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