Marlboro College

About Sustainability at Marlboro

Marlboro College is a learning environment that emphasizes sustainability, social justice, and community. The undergraduate campus is located on the site of 19th-century hill farms, built around a cluster of restored historic buildings, and reflects the college's respect for the rural landscape and frugal community lifestyle. In many cases the tradition of a working landscape has continued, whether in the early maple sugaring operation, run as a commercial student venture, or the Christmas tree plantation, remnants of which may still be found behind campus. More recently, students have operated an organic farm since 2002 and helped harvest and mill pines from the college's own forests for use the recent Outdoor Program addition.

The early 1970s represented the birth of Marlboro's environmental studies curriculum. A long-standing interest supported at Marlboro by physicist John MacArthur, forester Halsey Hicks and several other faculty was enhanced by new faculty hires in chemistry, economics, biology, and anthropology. The faculty created a co-taught introductory survey course in environmental studies and began to support student work and sponsor interdisciplinary Plans in this growing field. Recent environmental studies students have specialized in areas ranging from sustainable energy and agriculture to environmental justice to environmental perspectives in literature.

More recently, Marlboro College launched a series of graduate and professional studies programs that further prepare students to create economic, social, and sustainable value in their workplaces and communities. These valuable programs include an MBA in Managing for Sustainability, an MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations, and an MA in Teaching for Social Justice. These exciting programs expand Marlboro's degree options and extend our commitment to sustainability to the regional professional community. Also, workshops and speakers brought in by these graduate programs, and focused on social and environmental issues, enhance Marlboro's impact on sustainability locally.  

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Additional information

  1. About Marlboro
  2. Quick Facts
  3. Campus Map
  4. History of Marlboro
  5. Sustainability
    1. Overview
    2. Organic Farm
  6. Location
  7. President & Trustees
  8. Photo Gallery
  9. Planning
  10. Town Meeting
  11. Institutional data