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Sterling College Launches Two New Athletic Programs

Sterling College announced today the formation of two new athletic programs: Trail and Mountain Running and Nordic Skiing.

Sterling College now has the first collegiate program in Mountain and Trail Running in the United States. Student athletes will compete locally and regionally in events throughout the Green Mountains, White Mountains, and the Adirondacks. Read more…

Sterling College Renews Climate Justice Scholarships

Sterling College, the first college in Vermont to divest its endowment from fossil fuel extractors, announced that it was renewing its scholarship program for applicants working to address climate change.

The scholarships were initially launched for the 2013-14 academic year. This scholarship program has received global attention. Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org and author, educator, and environmentalist, has said of Sterling College: “This small college is one of the most important places in this country,” and noted that, “Any institution can announce its ideals; great ones live them out—in the curriculum, on the campus, and in the portfolio.” Read more…

Sterling College Completes Fossil Fuel Divestment of its Endowment Fund

Sterling College, an environmentally focused, liberal arts institution located in Northern Vermont, is pleased to announce that they have completed the divestment of its endowment from the fossil fuel industry. As of July 1, 2013, the college’s endowment is invested in a fossil fuel free portfolio at Trillium Asset Management in Boston, MA.

President Matthew Derr said, “Sterling College is an institution that lives by its core values of environmental stewardship and sustainability, and our investment strategy is now completely in line with those values. By fully divesting its endowment from fossil fuel extractors, we are reaffirming our mission to educate problem solvers and the next generation of environmental stewards.” Read more…

Sterling College Works to Control the Cost of a College Education

Among the most significant barriers facing Vermonters who are seeking a college degree is the cost of an undergraduate education. Sterling College, a leading voice for environmental stewardship in the United States, is making a new commitment to providing financial aid to graduates of Vermont high schools, as well as associate degree recipients and transfer students.

Sterling College is committed to providing access to students who wish to pursue studies in Ecology, Environmental Humanities, Outdoor Education, or Sustainable Agriculture. While Sterling is a private college, it has committed to match in-state public university tuition of the University of Vermont, for all Vermonters who gain admission for September 2013. Read more…

Sterling College Trustee Rian Fried Passes Away

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Sterling College Trustee Rian Fried. Rian died on July 3, 2013, surrounded by family. He was 65 years old.

Fried was the co-founder of Clean Yield Asset Management, and president of Clean Yield Group, Inc. Prior to founding Clean Yield in 1984, he directed the Brockton Regional Economic Development Corporation, an organization that coordinated and funded economic data research projects. He held a Master’s degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. Read more…

Sterling College Raises Record Amount for Its Annual Fund

Sterling College celebrates a successful fund-raising year with $546,723 in charitable gifts for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013. This amount is as of July 1, 2013. Unrestricted gifts to the Annual Fund account for 10% of the college’s operational budget, and supports endeavors such as financial aid, faculty and staff compensation, and academic resources.

“This has been an exciting first year at Sterling and I have enjoyed getting to know the large community of people who care deeply about the College,” said President Matthew Derr.  “To see the growth in annual fund participation is inspiring and it will continue to have a positive impact on our ability to support the work of our faculty and students. ” Read more…