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March 8, 2009
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Green Mountain College Launches New Sustainable Business Leadership Program
Working professionals looking to increase their skills and credentials in sustainable business can now earn a Certificate in Sustainable Business through an innovative four-week distance learning program offered by Green Mountain College June 5-July 3, 2009.

Designed to help mid- and senior level professionals integrate sustainable business practices into their organizations, the Sustainable Business Leadership Program (SBLP) is an intensive four week course that allows participants to complete most of the program online. The program also includes two, day-long residencies at the College, and an on-site case study at Marcal Paper Corporation in Elmwood Park, N.J. All participants are closely mentored by Green Mountain College faculty members who understand the connections between conscientious environmental stewardship and profitability, and who have experience in businesses ranging from entrepreneurial ventures to global multinationals. The SBLP program is an outgrowth of the College’s successful MBA program launched in 2006.

The new program is sponsored by Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. “Members of VBSR recognize that the need to make a profit—and the need to make a difference—are not in conflict,” said Will Patten, VBSR executive director. “We share these values with Green Mountain College, a national leader in sustainability in business.”

The Sustainable Business Leadership Program also offers opportunities to network with other professionals and local business leaders, and the resulting Certificate in Sustainable Business counts as three academic credits toward Green Mountain College’s MBA program. Faculty members include Karen Fleming, associate professor of business and MBA program director; Bill Prado, assistant professor of business and economics; Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company; and Debra Heintz, director of retail operations for Ben and Jerry’s.

“Senior managers are tuned in to the importance of sustainable business practices in their organizations,” said Fleming, the SBLP program director. “They are turning to a new generation of leaders who can guide corporate decision making to generate profit while benefitting people and our planet.”

Minimum requirements for participation in the program include a bachelor’s degree, five years of work experience and high speed internet access. Details of the program including application information and fees are located on Green Mountain College’s website at

Green Mountain College has offered a business degree program for over seventy years, and made the environment a special area of focus for undergraduate programs in 1995. Now recognized as a national leader in sustainability, GMC introduced the nation’s first accredited distance learning MBA two years ago.


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