When we needed more residence hall space, GMC decided to renovate an existing building instead of constructing a new dorm. The result was Sage Hall, the first LEED-certified gold building in Rutland County. When we explored options to provide sustainable, reliable heat for our buildings, we opted for a biomass plant, which burns locally harvested wood chips on campus. These are just two examples of how students, faculty, staff and administrators are always generating new ideas about ways our community can leave a lower carbon footprint while setting a good example for our friends and neighbors. When you join GMC, you are joining a community that’s serious about meeting our resource needs today, in a way that does not sacrifice the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We don’t see authentic sustainability as “sacrifice,” but as a sensible way to improve our quality of life.
The ELA. At the heart of the College’s environmental mission is the 37-credit Environmental Liberal Arts general education curriculum, which all GMC students complete. Sustainability courses and courses that include sustainability, as defined by STARS 2.0, can be found here in this FY 2016 inventory.
A culture of research. A large number of GMC faculty members across a variety of disciplines are engaged in research to promote social, economic and environmental sustainability. As a GMC student you’ll be encouraged to find research opportunities to explore your passions on and off campus. View a list of faculty members currently engaged in this type of study and a sample of their recent books, articles, and presentations.