Green Mountain College has its eyes set on “authentic sustainability”. The achievements of the past are not enough. Rather than minimize negative environmental impact, it’s time to have a net positive impact on the world, environmentally, socially, and financially.
In the spring of 2012, the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees, the Faculty Council, the Student Senate and the Staff Assembly approved the Sustainability 2020 eight-year strategic plan, which aimed to achieve authentic sustainability by 2020.
In 2010–’11, a committee of trustees and staff developed a long-range vision for the College. The following year, a fifteen member strategic plan working group and six sub-committees transformed the vision into a detailed plan.
A variety of participatory processes engaged stakeholders in discussing the College’s opportunities, challenges and refining drafts of the plan. An implementation timeline and an eight-year financial model established the feasibility of achieving a bold vision.