Greenway and the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) announced the pending purchase of several buildings on VCFA’s Montpelier campus by Greenway Institute. Greenway is working in partnership with Elizabethtown College of Pennsylvania and Norwich Technologies of White River Junction, VT to launch the Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability (GCES). GCES will offer mission-driven college and graduate level engineering and technology coursework that prepares diverse graduates to design and build a more sustainable and equitable future.
Greenway Co-Founder Rebecca Holcombe said “We look forward to creating opportunities for young people who like to design and build. At the same time, we’ll add to the growing concentration of talent and innovation in Vermont’s green energy and green technology sector.”
“We carefully identified potential buyers that have a demonstrated commitment to serving the community and will continue to enrich the campus and city,” said VCFA President Leslie Ward. “We are pleased to be partnering with entities that share our community’s values and commitment to lifelong learning.”
The Greenway Center for Equity and Sustainability represents a unique opportunity to extend the campus’ current use as an institution of higher education. GCES will offer mission-driven college and graduate level engineering and technology coursework that prepares diverse graduates to design and build a more sustainable and equitable future. Greenway proposes to purchase the Noble, Glover, Stone, Schulmaier, and Dewey Hall buildings, with the intention of continuing their use for higher education purposes and rental spaces for current tenants as well as incubator spaces and related residencies.
Greenway and VCFA will host a community event on August 15th on the VCFA campus in the College Hall Chapel at 6:00 pm to introduce the program and hear from community members about their hopes for the future. You can also follow the meeting remotely at this link: https://www.orcamedia.net/show/vcfa-community-meeting-live
Greenway and Norwich Technologies Co-Founder Troy McBride states, “We are excited to bring our Greenway programs to this historic campus near downtown Montpelier. Greenway aspires to contribute additional energy and innovation to our state capitol by providing good paying jobs, attracting mission-driven students, faculty, and staff, and cementing Vermont as a leader in sustainability and equity. We look forward to working with existing tenants, partners and the VCFA to find opportunities for continued collaboration and continued vibrancy and use.”
VCFA’s administrative offices will remain at 36 College Street in Montpelier and the VCFA will retain ownership of the green.
President Ward added “I am pleased the campus will continue to be used for the purpose of higher education, and we look forward to collaborating with Greenway on shared services and complementary programming.”
For questions about Greenway Institute, contact Maria Ziaja at email@example.com or (802) 359-7404