Sterling College (Vermont)

Sterling College is a private college in Craftsbury, Vermont. Sterling is one of eight colleges in the Work College Consortium and its curriculum is focused on ecological thinking and action through majors in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, Sustainable Agriculture, and Sustainable Food Systems. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association for Experiential Education.

Sterling College
Craftsbury, Vermont 03.jpg
MottoWorking Hands - Working Minds
TypePrivate
EstablishedSterling College was founded as a boys' preparatory school in 1958.
Endowment$1.1 million
PresidentMatthew Derr
Academic staff
45[1]
Students125
Location, ,
United States

44°39′08″N 72°22′56″W / 44.6523°N 72.3823°W / 44.6523; -72.3823Coordinates: 44°39′08″N 72°22′56″W / 44.6523°N 72.3823°W / 44.6523; -72.3823
Websitewww.sterlingcollege.edu
Sterling-College-Logo.png

HistoryEdit

Sterling School was founded as a boys' college preparatory school in 1958. The school's educational philosophy was later influenced by that of Outward Bound founder Kurt Hahn. The school's transition to higher education in the 1970s began with the Academic Short Course in Outdoor Leadership, a 21-day program. In 1974, Sterling School was faced with closure and a small group of faculty launched the educational model that became Sterling College.

In 1974, a small group of faculty established an academic year-long program similar to Outward Bound programs known as Grassroots Project in Vermont at Sterling Institute. By 1983, Sterling had developed into an accredited college offering an Associate of Arts degree in resource management with full accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges granted in 1987.

Since 1997, Sterling College has been accredited as a four-year college. It awards Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems. Sterling College joined the Work Colleges Consortium in 1999.

In 2013, Sterling College announced that it would be the first college in Vermont, and the third college in the nation, to divest its endowment from fossil fuel extractors.[2]

AcademicsEdit

 
a solar panel at Sterling College

Besides its majors, Sterling College has minors in Sustainable Food Systems, Draft Horse Management, Natural History, and Climate Justice. Sterling College is the first college in the nation to offer a minor in Draft Horse Management.[3]

In 2013, Sterling College created the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Named for the late Trustee, it is to be the center point for the college's focus on both sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems.[4]

Sterling College also launched a continuing education program in 2013, with a series of 2- and 4-week short courses. The first course offered was a two-week cheese making intensive in partnership with the Cellars at Jasper Hill.[5] Other courses feature guest faculty such as Sandor Katz,[6] John Elder, Rowan Jacobsen, Ginger Strand, and Clare Walker Leslie.[7]

In 2014, Sterling College also announced a partnership with Yestermorrow Design/Build School.[8]

CampusEdit

The primary campus is 130 acres (53 ha). It has 14 buildings including a woodworking shop and a library. Outdoor teaching facilities include a managed woodlot, a challenge course, a 30 feet (9.1 m) climbing tower, managed gardens, and a working livestock farm with two solar powered barns. Much of what is grown and raised on campus is consumed in the dining hall. Sterling produces approximately 35% of its own food, with an overall 53% coming from within a 150 mile radius for the school.[9] In 2015, Sterling College was ranked the #1 college in America for serving real food by the Real Food Challenge.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "College Overview - Sterling College". Peterson's. 2006-10-23. Retrieved 2007-01-26. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Fossil Free – Commitments". Gofossilfree.org. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Minor In Draft Horsing? Well Yes, At Sterling College". Farmprogress.com. 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Sterling College Launches Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Center". WAMC. 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Palmer, Hannah. "Sterling College Introduces Artisan Cheesemaking Intensive | Food News | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice". Sevendaysvt.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Levitt, Alice (2014-01-29). "Sandor Katz to Teach Fermentation at Sterling College | Bite Club". Sevendaysvt.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "New writing workshop announced at Sterling College". Vtdigger.org. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Sterling College, Yestermorrow Design/Build announce partnership". VTDigger. 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR, STERLING COLLEGE IS #1 FOR REAL FOOD". Sterling College. Retrieved 23 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "For real food, go to Sterling College". Burlingtonfreepress.com. 2015-01-15. Retrieved 2016-10-12. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

External linksEdit