Sustainability Office Newsletter
Fall 2011

Welcome back! The GMC Sustainability Office has been busy this summer and is excited to announce new initiatives and projects that have been completed since last spring!

While you were away...
  • The Biomass Facility has been fully commissioned.

  • New water bottle filling stations have been installed in the Withey Lobby and in Griswold.

  • Retrofitting gym lighting will save 32,000 kWh of electricity, about $3,000 per year.

  • LED lights have been installed on the outside of Ames Hall.

  • 83 windows in North Hall and Cree Hall have been replaced with energy efficiency units, bringing the campus total to 343 over the past three years.

  • Several major projects funded from 2009 & 2010 Student Campus Greening Fund awards were completed this summer:
    • Refrigerator & freezer unit in Chartwells (more local food in the dining hall this year!)
    • Bridge at the Deane Nature Preserve.
    • Thermal Efficiency Audit of campus.

  • Office Freepo is now open in the basement of Pollock Hall: donate unwanted office & school supplies; come get supplies if you need them!

  • The Sustainability Office completed GMC’s STARS submission and third Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory.

Celebrate with us!
GMC is continuing to be recognized for its strong institutional leadership in sustainability. For the second year in a row, Sierra magazine has placed Green Mountain College among the top schools in the country for environmental programming and operations. GMC is ranked #2 in the nation in the magazine's fifth annual "Coolest Schools" list, which recognizes colleges and universities for their efforts to address climate issues and operate sustainably.

In June, the College received the Second Nature Climate Leadership Award presented by the Climate Leadership Summit of the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). This award recognized GMC’s swift action to address climate change by achieving climate neutrality.

Green Mountain also earned a Gold rating from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). This is the most comprehensive and transparent framework for measuring the performance of individual colleges and universities in sustainability, and assesses environmental, social, and economic factors in its ratings.

The online report is available publically. Any GMC community member can log in using their GMC email address and view the entire report here. The Sustainability Office would like to thank all departments and committees who collaborated to fill out this report, as well as the number of students who worked on compiling the information published.

Did You Know?
  • A valid GMC ID card is your free ticket (staff, faculty, students) on any Marble Valley Transit routes, also known as "The Bus." Special service will be added one Saturday a month for the Rutland Farmers’ Market.

  • Residence Hall Composting: All Residence Halls now have a designated green bin to collect food scraps which are processed on Cerridwen Farm.

  • In late fall GMC will switch to zero-sort recycling to help improve waste diversion efforts.

  • 250 lighting sensors will be installed across campus in offices and classrooms this fall.

  • A new SCGF funded Building Dashboard will display real-time energy data on campus: coming this fall (online and via touchscreen in Withey Lobby)

Many new initiatives have been launched for the 2011-2012 academic year. Contact the Sustainability Office with questions.