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The Strategic Plan

Through innovative education and research, Green Mountain College will achieve authentic sustainability by the end of this decade.

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Put simply, we’re going to make things better in three ways:

  • Ecologically

  • Socially

  • Economically

Sustainability has been defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

To achieve authentic sustainability, we must go beyond “limited negative impacts” and begin to give more than we take—to restore our “account balance”—in three areas:

  • Natural Capital

  • Social Capital

  • Financial Capital

Achieving authentic sustainability doesn’t require perfection; it does require creating a better world for future generations along all three dimensions of the “triple bottom line.”

Authentic sustainability requires us to see sustainability not as “sacrifice,” but as a way to improve our quality of life. We don’t just aim to survive in the coming decades; we aim to have a net positive impact—to thrive.

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