On August 30, 2016, The Princeton Review recognized Green Mountain College’s exceptional commitment to sustainability ranking GMC the third greenest school in the nation. This distinction is included in the 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges, the Princeton Review’s flagship college guide–only about 15% of America’s four-year colleges are profiled in the book.
As one of just 21 colleges and universities nationwide to score 99 (the highest possible total) in the green rating tallies, GMC earns a place on the Princeton Review’s 2016 “Green Honor Roll” for the fourth year in a row. Green Mountain College is the only Vermont school to make the list.
“Since declaring our environmental mission in 1995, Green Mountain has built a curriculum and a campus culture around sustainability,“ said Ryan Ihrke, GMC’s director of sustainability. “This rating reflects our deep commitment to building a more economically, socially and environmentally viable future.”
The annual Princeton Review rankings provide a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance in several areas: the quality of life on campus; how well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy; and how well the school prepares students for service and citizenship in a world defined by environmental concerns and opportunities.
“Green Mountain College’s academics are the chief reason we chose it for this book and we strongly recommend it to applicants,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior publisher and author of The Best 381 Colleges. “We make our selections primarily based on data we collect through our annual surveys. Additionally, we give considerable weight to observations from school visits, opinions of our staff and our 24-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, and an unparalleled amount of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”
Green Mountain College takes environmental, social and economic sustainability as the organizing principal for its undergraduate and graduate program curricula. GMC is the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. In 2015, the College divested from 200 publicly traded coal, oil, and gas companies responsible for the largest amounts of potential carbon emissions in their reserves.