As part of a Delicate Balance project, the Sustainability Office and campus volunteers opened and sorted all the landfill bags on campus for three days this semester. It was a messy but illuminating process. These “waste audits” began in 2012 to measure progress toward the goal outlined in the Sustainability 2020 plan to get 99% of recyclable, reusable and compostable material out of the landfill bags at GMC. The data collected will help the Sustainability Office decide the most important steps to take to achieve this goal. The graphic shows progress the campus has made, and opportunities to save even more waste from the landfill. The poster, created by Carl Diethelm ’17, states “If all compostable, recyclable and reusable electronic waste were eliminated, GMC could prevent the annual equivalent CO2 emissions of burning 338 gallons of gasoline or 3,201 pounds of coal.”
Archives for December 2016
Seventeen Green Mountain College students and four faculty members spent the fall semester intensively studying the social, economic and environmental dynamics affecting the North Country region in Vermont and the Adirondack region of New York State. Their culminating project, a comprehensive vision for building a sustainable, resilient communities in the region, will be presented on Dec. 13 at 7-8 p.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall in the GMC campus. The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
The students participated in the 12-credit fall block course “Envisioning a Sustainable and Resilient North Country.” The block course is a GMC innovation combining perspectives from different academic disciplines—the course was co-taught by Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable agriculture and food systems), prof. Laird Christensen (resilient and sustainable communities), prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) and prof. William Throop (philosophy and environmental studies).
Students traveled throughout the North Country over the fall, meeting farmers, foresters, landowners, businesspeople, policy makers, and educators to develop strategies of “resiliency”— creating communities that can adapt to environmental, economic, or social disruptions without losing their capacity to function and maintain a coherent identity. They recently presented some of their findings to stakeholders at the Vermont state house.
At the end of the program students will present 24 information artworks illustrating people advancing sustainable practices throughout the North Country. The students’ work will also be incorporated in the North Country Climate Conference hosted by GMC on April 21, 2017.
The information artworks were created by students with the help of Douglas Gayeton, a multimedia producer, filmmaker and writer who created Project Localize, an educational program that helps students identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. This project-based learning experience concludes by showing students how to share their findings with a series of “pop-up” shows.
This infographic was created by student Julia Green.
Where Dragons Roam is an art exhibition by Eben Schumacher, a graduating artist at Green Mountain College. Come to the opening on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Fine Arts Center. The exhibition contains ceramic sculptures and oil paintings, as well as drawings, writing and music that together form a detailed and cohesive account of a fantastical world in which dragons have lived and evolved for ages. Pushing the limits of the media used, the work creates a visual, tactile, and conceptual experience that redefines the fantasy genre, utilizing an emphasis on narrative and scientific observation while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of the imagination. The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 20th. For more information, email: email@example.com
Come and learn about the zero wasting mission, and some practical tools to help minimize your impact. Design your own recycling bin or compost container for your dorm. Grab a reusable towel, eat some free “zero wasting” cookies and bring your own jar to get some free apple cider vinegar! Wednesday, Dec. 7 – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Join Christin Ross’s Urban Ecology class will be in the East Room on Thursday, Dec 8 at noon to discuss and describe their field research in New York City and Chicago, and how we utilized a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how urban areas are social-ecological systems. Learn some ways history, politics, social governance, and natural resources influence urban ecosystems. An Urban Ecology course will be offered next semester!
Students in prof. Matt Osborn’s “Riots and Popular Protests” class will be making their final presentations over the next two weeks in Booth Lounge. All sessions are from 1-2:15 p.m. and are open to the community.
Tuesday, December 6:
• Yesmeen Najeebi. Mossadegh and Madness: Public Reaction to the 1953 Iranian Coup
• Madalyn Zdon. “God’s Army” and it’s Opposition in England during the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
• Christopher Baughman. One Black Nation: the Pyrrhic Victory of Haitian Independence
Friday, December 9:
• Darian Closson. Southampton Insurrection: Resistance to Slavery in Antebellum United States
• Luc Burns. Cyber Wars: Protest in the 21st Century
• Lauren Letendre. The Boston Tea Party and The Sons of Liberty
Tuesday, December 13:
• Will Cowling. The Long Wait for Tomorrow: Irish Protest Movements in the Formation of a Sovereign Nation
• Chloe Bertera. Rebecca’s Daughters: When Men Needed a Woman’s Touch to Cause Chaos
• Kelly McKeown. “Bringing the War Home”: the Weathermen and the Radical Leftists of the 1960’s
Friday, December 16:
• Daniel Schmidt. The Time An Army Attacked Its Own Veterans: The 1932 Bonus March On Washington D.C.
• Ethan Cooper. Football Hooliganism: How The Crowd Used Sports as an Expression of Public Opinion
• Tucker Peters. Protest Against Democracy: Mussolini’s March on Rome
Up-to-date research drawing from Dr. Dennis Charney’s synthesis on resiliency will be presented by Thanh Nguyen, Biopsychology ’17. Friday, Dec. 9 from 11-12 p.m. in the Dickgeisser classroom, Griswold Library. Using an empirical-based pluralistic model of psychiatric disease, Thanh’s talk explores multiple factors that contribute to resiliency in major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. The philosophy underlying this approach is that the Decartes’ split between the mind and the brain as well as the computer-brain functional analog needs to be discarded and replaced by non-reducible empirical-based multidisciplinary research (molecular biology, neural circuitry, personality psychology, social and political environment).
In this workshop, we will show you how to access the job search resources that our office has developed specifically for GMC students. Learn how to access the GMC JobLink, the GMC Student Internship Database, the GMC Alumni Career Network, the GMC Job Connection and the GMC Job/Internship Online Resource List. Wednesday, Dec. 7 from 1-2 p.m. in Booth Lounge.