About Sustain Champlain

SAP CoverSustain Champlain is a campus-wide initiative that strives to infuse sustainability concepts and practices across Champlain College by coordinating and promoting best practices within four areas: our institution, academics, operations and culture.

Defining Sustainability at Champlain College

Champlain views sustainability in an inclusive way, encompassing human and ecological health, social justice, secure livelihoods and a better world for all generations, as defined by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). At Champlain College, sustainability is a central value and we strive to infuse it throughout our other core values of distinctive excellence, innovation, human touch, global engagement, diversity and inclusion.

Sustainability Value Statement

Champlain College will be a sustainable institution, in our operational practices, our campus culture, our curriculum and in our relationships with our greater community. It is our belief that as we support students to be 21st century global citizens, they need to be well informed about sustainability concepts and practices as it relates to their field and profession. Further, we must create a campus where fully engaging in these concepts and practices is a part of life for our whole community. Additionally, we will be a model for other institutions and communities as we create an example of positive impact on the planet and its inhabitants. Because sustainability is a holistic and interdependent concept, our application of sustainability on campus and within our institution will demonstrate this and be INFUSED into all that we do.

Through various educational mediums, we spread sustainability awareness through the campus. Everyone has a role to play as we work together to create a sustainable institution and campus. Our Sustainability Action Plan, adopted in 2013, is our roadmap of actions for the coming years.

Who Are We?

Sustain Champlain Advisory Team

Founded in 2005 as the Post-Carbon Committee, the Sustain Champlain Advisory Team is a group of faculty, staff and students who are interested in the environmental impact of Champlain College. The primary charge is to advise on the implementation and tracking progress of the Champlain College Sustainability Action Plan (SAP), and to make recommendations to the College Council and President's Cabinet for further action. Advisory Team members are encouraged to sit on one of the committees and are asked to lead by example and speak on behalf of their role on campus.

2014-2015 Sustain Champlain Committees

These committees are primarily charged with implementing the Champlain College Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). Committee members will reach out to collaborating departments when needed. Key Staff/College Personnel will be asked to participate with a committee that requires their expertise on an as-needed basis. Membership and meetings are open to the Champlain community. If you are interested in joining, please email us. Committees meet on a monthly basis and are supported by the Sustainability Director.

All committees are charged with exploring how to better incorporate aspects of diversity and inclusion into their committee's content area. For example, the following questions might be asked: Who does this work affect/impact? Is any particular group of people impacted more or less? How can we better diversify the stakeholders involved? Are all members of the Champlain community included and feel comfortable in this work?

Academic Connections
Charge: To continue infusing sustainability concepts and practices into College curriculum by building relationships and sharing resources and opportunities with faculty and Deans.
Spring 2015 meeting times: 4th Thursday of the month at 3:30-4:30pm in IDX 309 (starts Jan. 22)

Waste Reduction/Diversion
Charge: To continue to find ways to reduce overall amount of trash, recycling, and compost on campus as well as way to greater improve our diversion of materials from the landfill by recycling, composting, reusing, donating, and/or re-selling. To work with our waste partner, Casella, on these goals.
Spring 2015 meeting times: 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9-10am in Joyce 212 (starts Jan. 21)

Charge: To implement the 2013 Transportation Plan and to continue finding ways of reducing single-occupancy vehicle travel to/from campus. To work with our transportation partners, CATMA & RSG, on these goals.
Spring 2015 meeting times:4th Tuesday of the month at 3:15-4:45pm in IDX 309 (starts Jan. 27)

Green Revolving Fund
Charge: to advise and manage the College's Green Revolving Fund, an investment fund that finances energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other sustainability projects on campus.
Spring 2015 meeting times: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9:30-10:30am  in Joyce 310 (starts Jan. 20)

Purchasing (Food & more)
Charge: To explore ways of aligning the College's purchasing practices (particularly as it relates to food) with the College's values.
Spring 2015 meeting times: 3rd Tuesday of the month at 3:30-4:30pm in IDX 309

Institutional Memberships


Champlain College is a member of AASHE, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. All Champlain College community members are able to access on-line resources as well as take advantage of other membership benefits.


Champlain is a participating member of the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network. This group meets twice annually to share best practices from Vermont campuses and to collaborate on statewide initiatives.


Champlain is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and has two LEED-certified buildings on campus.


Champlain is registered as a U.S. EPA Energy Star campus.

Local Partnerships

We partner with a number of community organizations to further enhance the culture of sustainability.

Burlington Sustainability Partnership

Key civic stakeholders in the Burlington area have joined together to form the Burlington Sustainability Partnership to engage around joint sustainability efforts. Building on the work of the Burlington Legacy Project, the Partnership creates a structure for communication and collaboration, focuses on action and measurable results, and tells a clear story about our joint commitment to sustainability.

Burlington Walk/Bike Council

The Sustainability Director and Transportation Director collaborate with the BWBC, which works on improving the infrastructure and culture of bicycles and pedestrians in Burlington and on campus.

Community Coalition

We collaborate with the Community Coalition on some projects, especially the annual Spring Move Out Project.

Intervale Food Hub

Champlain is a drop-off site for the Intervale Food Hub CSA.