You’ll hear and see our tagline, ‘Sustain Champlain’ around campus and our educational materials. 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).

United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, the United Nations presented a series of goals that focus on: people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership. Widely used across the globe, these goals are in wider use across the US. This is another framework that we use at Champlain when we think about “What is sustainability?”

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. We are currently renovating our Sustainability Action Plan with updated metrics and goals!

Who Are We?

Local & Regional Partnerships

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

  • Greater Burlington Campus Sustainability Collaborative
    An informal network of campus sustainability professionals who gather on a quarterly basis to share ideas and collaborate on projects.
  • Greater Burlington Sustainability Education Network
    GBSEN, in the state of Vermont, USA, is a Regional Center of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development, recognized by the United Nations University. A member of a global network with over 168 RCEs from around the world, GBSEN promotes education, training, and public awareness to create a sustainable future for the greater Burlington region through the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Chittenden Area Transportation Demand Management Association
    CATMA is a non-profit 501(c)(3), membership based, transportation management association serving Chittenden County. They administer and manage customized, turn-key transportation demand management (TDM) programs that offer a better way to get to work, save money, reduce parking challenges and congestion, and cut carbon emissions. Champlain College is a founding member.
  • 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.
  • Community Coalition
    We collaborate with the Community Coalition on some projects, especially the annual Spring Move Out Project.
  • Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium
    We regularly attend NECSC annual gatherings.
  • Northeast Climate Change Education Collaborative
    We joined this network in 2022 and participate in gatherings.

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Office of Sustainability

Skiff Annex, Room 203
163 South Willard Street, Burlington, VT 05401
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Email us to set up a meeting outside of the academic year