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first_imgSierra magazine has recognized Green Mountain College for its innovative efforts in sustainability, ranking GMC as the greenest college in the nation in its annual “Coolest Schools” feature. The cover story in the magazine’s September/October issue cites GMC for its commitment to sustainability in several categories including energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments.”Green Mountain College excels in most categories, and it’s the MVP when it comes to creativity. The campus gets power and heat from biomass and biogas (a.k.a. cow power),” the magazine said, referring to GMC’s new combined heat and power biomass plant and the College’s participation in Central Vermont Public Service’s Cow Power program, which converts cow manure on Vermont farms to methane gas, a renewable source of energy. No school scored a perfect 100 in the assessment; GMC came closest at 88.6.”Green Mountain established its environmental liberal arts mission in 1995, so we are an ‘early adapter’ in responding to the social and environmental challenges of our times,” said GMC president Paul J. Fonteyn. “Through our Environmental Liberal Arts program, we’ve sought to provide an education that emphasizes sustainability across all disciplines. This recognition is a testament to all the hard work of a whole generation of students, faculty and staff.”Fonteyn noted that construction of the school’s new biomass plant resulted from a strong collaboration among students, faculty, College administrators, and the Board of Trustees. The new plant will use locally-sourced woodchips to provide 85% of the school’s heat and generate 20% of its electricity. Through this project and several other initiatives, GMC expects to be the first college in the country to reach carbon neutrality after having reduced carbon emissions by more than 50%.Green Mountain College received several other accolades for sustainability practices in recent months. The College received a score of 98 out of a perfect 99 in the Princeton Review’s annual college “green” rankings included in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges. GMC announced in June that SAGE (Students for Academic and Green Engagement) Hall, the College’s recently renovated honors residence hall, was designated as a LEED® gold certified building by the U.S. Green Building Council.Sierra’s September/October cover story spotlights the schools that are making a difference for the planet, and marks the magazine’s fourth annual listing of America’s greenest universities and colleges.The complete list is available online at www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201009/coolschools/top100.aspx(link is external). To learn more about what GMC is doing to make its campus more sustainable, visit http://www.greenmtn.edu/sustainability.aspx(link is external).SOURCE: Green Mountain College. POULTNEY, Vt., Aug. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 13, 2015 at 11:33 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmancenter_img Here’s three things to know from this past week in Syracuse sports.Dino Babers introduced as next head coach of Syracuse FootballDino Babers took the podium for the first time as Syracuse’s head coach last Monday and proclaimed, “Why not Syracuse?” Here’s five things he said at his inaugural press conference, including his focus on a faster-paced offense for the Orange in 2016.Additionally, he emphasized the importance of local recruiting, and said he wouldn’t consider recruits he reeled in at Bowling Green unless they officially decommitted from the program.The coaching staff has already been significantly altered by Babers, who replaced newly-named defensive coordinator of Maryland, Scott Shafer.Additional content: 5 things Mark Coyle said at Dino Babers’ introductory press conferenceAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse loses to Clemson in first-ever College Cup appearanceIn the teams’ third matchup, Clemson ended Syracuse’s dream season in penalty kicks to advance to the College Cup championship, where the Tigers eventually lost to Stanford. Missed opportunities will haunt the Orange, as forwards Chris Nanco and Ben Polk both advanced the ball into dangerous areas before whiffing on their respective shots late in the match.Syracuse was tagged with its first loss since Oct. 30 against Boston College, but this one ended its season.Additional content: Syracuse’s improbable season shattered by Clemson in Final 4, penalty-kick lossSt. John’s ousts Syracuse in upset win after SU beats Colgate earlier in weekSyracuse flashed it’s 3-point prowess against Colgate on Tuesday, sinking 14-of-30 shots from behind the arc in a 78-51 win. The Orange was beat up on the boards a bit by the Raiders — who equaled SU’s 32 rebounds — but was lifted primarily by Malachi Richardson and Michael Gbinije’s 17 points. It was the first win for Mike Hopkins as Syracuse’s interim head coach.Richardson followed up his revival game against Colgate with a dud against St. John’s, shooting 0-for-11 from 3 in the 84-72 loss on Sunday afternoon in Madison Square Garden. It was a trend for Syracuse in the contest, who simply missed too many shots to keep up with Red Storm. Part of the blame also falls on the defensive side of the ball, where the Orange yielded 12 3-pointers and 32 points combined between Amar Alibegovic and Federico Mussini.Additional content: What we learned from Syracuse’s win over Colgate and what we learned from Syracuse’s loss to St. John’sQuick hitsFormer Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt is appealing the NCAA’s denial of a sixth season of eligibility, because he thinks its unfair.Syracuse women’s basketball put up it’s worst offensive performance of the season in its Saturday afternoon loss to No. 24 Arizona St.Philo Germano’s last-gasp effort pushed Syracuse Cross Country to lay claim to its first national championship.last_img read more