Objective: 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:
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:
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.
Systematically build human and social capital of GMC and the region.
- Initiate a cross-college emphasis on human health and quality of life that becomes a nationally recognized complement to our environmental emphasis.
- Develop marketable undergraduate and graduate programs in this area and integrate the new emphasis into the general education curriculum.
- Implement programs that improve human health and quality of life on campus and in nearby communities.
- Strengthen the culture of inclusion and diversity in the curriculum and the College community.
- Strengthen the quality and the practicality of the Green Mountain’s liberal arts education.
- Prepare students to effectively compete for awards, internships, employment and graduate school.
- Integrate the acquisition of practical skills into all majors.
- Ensure all students understand and engage in the global context in which we operate.
- Deepen student and employee engagement in the College’s endeavors to promote innovation and retention.
- Identify key measures of student and employee success and ensure that their successes are systematically supported and publically celebrated.
- Invest in employee professional development.
- Improve faculty and staff compensation.
- Strengthen college/community partnerships to enhance the vibrancy of the local communities.
- Establish an active presence in Poultney and southern Vermont.
- Develop short courses in sustainability skills for non-matriculated students.
- Increase project-based courses and service opportunities that enhance the social and economic sustainability of our region.
Restore natural capital and develop students’ marketable sustainability skills and knowledge.
- Further develop environmental programs with a national reputation for producing graduates for jobs in a sustainable economy.
- Strengthen current programs and build distinctive new programs.
- Expand the Green Jobs program on campus.
- Increase the capacity to provide environmental expertise and research to surrounding communities.
- Develop a series of innovative projects that enables Green Mountain College to have a net positive impact on the environment.
- Reduce waste, pollution, toxics and other negative environmental impacts from the College’s operations.
- Meet the College’s energy needs with 100% renewable energy.
- Enhance natural capital in the region, e.g. through ecological restoration, community energy or waste diversion projects.
Increase financial strength and cultivate entrepreneurial spirit across the community.
- Increase residential enrollment to 1,000 students while increasing the selectivity of admissions.
- Improve student success and retention/graduation rates by strengthening the first-year experience, differentiated instruction and the advising system.
- Establish a highly mission-driven and systematically assessed admissions process.
- Increase affordability in order to make the College more accessible to a greater population of prospective students.
- Increase net revenue from undergraduate programs.
- Create distinctive low-residency academic programs that efficiently adapt to change, build on the College’s strengths, increase net revenue and inspire entrepreneurial drive among faculty, staff, and students.
- Build low-residency graduate programs to 500 students.
- Develop low-residency undergraduate degree completion programs.
- Develop one or more centers that attract funding, conduct research, and generate revenue e.g. a center that provides support programs for budding sustainability entrepreneurs.
- Develop a robust culture of philanthropy to fund investment in the College.
- Build the giving capacity of the board of trustees.
- Develop a corporate giving program supported by board of trustees’ identification, cultivation and solicitation of major corporate gifts.
- Grow annual giving among four bases of support—trustees, alumni, parents and faculty and staff.
- Grow grant revenue to fund investments in major initiatives and to enhance academic program activities.
- Conduct a $10 million capital campaign over seven years to fund three projects that fuel enrollment growth.
- Fully optimize the campus and facilities year round.
Create adaptive systems to increase productivity and support our work in all areas.
- Renovate living, learning, and work spaces to enhance comfort, aesthetic appeal, functionality and sustainability.
- Construct new facilities or systems needed to support enrollment growth, academic programs and sustainability.
- Develop an IT infrastructure that enables delivery of high quality educational offerings and supports efficient, flexible operations.
- Strengthen organizational structures, decision-making, and incentive systems and align academic schedules to increase adaptability, foster innovation and reward results.
- Develop clear measures for our social, environmental and financial impacts and a process for assessing our progress towards sustainability.
Develop a clear and compelling story of the College that is consistently supported by all constituencies.
- Establish a brand promise that recognizes the College’s excellence in preparing students for a rapidly changing world and that includes being recognized as a best value college.
- Develop an active recruiting approach that selects students and employees with the passion and grit to enable the College to live its mission.
- Communicate student, faculty, staff and college achievements to our community and the world in order to build brand strength.
- Develop an international reputation as a leading innovator in the study and practice of sustainability in higher education.