About Sustain Champlain
Sustain 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.
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 effect/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 do they feel comfortable with this work?
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 partner, CATMA, on these goals.
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.
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.
We partner with a number of community organizations to further enhance the culture of sustainability.
Burlington Walk/Bike Council
The Sustainable Transportation Director collaborates with the BWBC, which works on improving the infrastructure and culture of bicycles and pedestrians in Burlington and on campus.
We collaborate with the Community Coalition on some projects, especially the annual Spring Move Out Project.