Engineering Our Sustainable & Equitable Future

Want to Create a College Unlike Any Other?

Do you like to build, break, and fix things? Do you want to take ownership of your learning? Join the movement to create a new sustainable engineering program from scratch at the Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability (GCES)!

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At Greenway, we are rethinking engineering education.

We’re looking for creative and curious self-directed learners to help us build a program that brings engineering education into the 21st century. We’re building a program that focuses on hands-on, project-based learning. We’re starting with sustainability at the core, not just tacking it on. And we want you to be part of the building process.

At Greenway, students…

  • DO sustainable engineering from day one. Engineering is like playing an instrument – you get better by practicing.
  • LEARN from mistakes. At Greenway, getting something wrong means trying again – not a lower GPA.
  • CONNECT with industry leaders in the sustainability sector – starting in the first semester. After all, growing as a professional requires interacting with professionals.
  • COLLABORATE with each other and with faculty, staff, and community. At Greenway you’ll be a trusted member of a team – making meaningful decisions about your learning and about building Greenway.

We’re looking for students to join us for a first year at Greenway in Fall 2025 to help us create this experience. Students will earn a year’s worth of credit from Etown College in Pennsylvania, and after the year will have the option of continuing to study at Greenway, completing their engineering degree at Etown, or transferring to another university.

If this sounds exciting to you, let’s talk. Fill out the form below, and one of our team members will get in touch.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is GCES?

The Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability (GCES) is a partnership between Greenway Institute and Elizabethtown College (Etown). The Center builds on Greenway’s industry connections, experience with green energy and green technologies, and commitment to hands-on, mission-driven learning. GCES operates as an innovative alternate site for Etown’s nationally recognized Department of Engineering and Physics, an ABET and MSCHE accredited engineering program.

Learning at Greenway is organized around real-world projects that help you build the skills you need to thrive in the green energy and green technology fields. On any given week, Greenway students may find themselves pitching an innovative wind turbine idea to local industry professionals, developing a tool that helps low-income homeowners decide how to heat and insulate their homes, and testifying to a legislative working group on how Vermont should make the renewable energy transition. Working collaboratively in a small, close knit community allows each Greenway student the opportunity to develop the confidence, competence, and connections they need to succeed in engineering.

How are GCES and Elizabethtown College connected?

GCES is a partnership between Greenway Institute and Elizabethtown College (Etown), which offers an ABET and MSCHE accredited engineering program. Our Vermont campus operates as an innovative alternate site for Etown College of Pennsylvania. Students enroll and receive credit from Etown.

Greenway Institute hosts and staffs the GCES program, bringing its unique emphasis on hands-on, sustainability focused learning. Greenway also leverages its connections with business and industry to bring relevance and professional connections to students’ learning.

What is the application process and timeline?

Students who are interested in starting college at Greenway should fill out the short Student Interest Form. Greenway staff will follow up to begin a conversation, answer any questions, invite you to our on campus events, and guide you through the application process.

Does Greenway provide student services such as counseling, tutoring and academic accommodations?

We will work with each student to ensure that services are provided as needed on an individual basis. Greenway is supported by both local services and Etown College’s main campus programs.

What is it like to live and study on the Greenway campus?

Greenway is located on a college campus in Montpelier, Vermont. Montpelier is a small city (rated #2 on the Best 10 small towns in the Northeastern USA in US Today) with a walkable downtown. The Greenway campus is within a half mile walking distance to Montpelier’s downtown. Greenway students live in a dorm at the top of a hill overlooking the city and the Vermont State House. Unless they request otherwise, each student will have a private room.

We are intentional about admitting a small number of students to the program so that we can create and support a thriving tight knit community. Students will receive individualized attention and support, and will have close relationships with faculty and staff on campus. Come learn, play, live, and imagine a sustainable future with us!

Do I need a car on the Greenway campus?

A car is not needed, but you are welcome to bring one and explore Vermont outside of Montpelier. Students need to submit a parking request form prior to bringing their car to campus, but will enjoy free parking once here.

What if I have more questions?

We aim to make Greenway accessible to all students and are happy to answer your questions. Please feel free to reach out to GCES@greenwayinstitute.org or (802) 359-1183.