During the course of the MRSC program, students are encouraged to participate in two on-campus residencies. The residencies take place at the college campus in Poultney, Vermont, and are led by Green Mountain College faculty and the featured Visiting Scholar.
The primary emphasis during the residency is to provide students opportunities to interact with one another, their faculty, and the Visiting Scholar. This helps to start relationships that are then further developed in the online environment. We encourage student and alumni involvement in the residency planning and participation.
The residency spans 4 days, and features a mixture of workshops, training sessions, and discussions as well as social, and recreational opportunities.
Fall Residency: October 24–27, 2018
2018 Scholar in Residence: Dr. S. Atyia Martin
Dr. S. Atyia Martin has spent the last 16 years in federal and local government within intelligence, homeland security, emergency management, public health preparedness, and ultimately resilience. Prior to her career in public service, she worked in the private sector (for profit and nonprofit) in technology, business development, and administration. She has led many teams and major initiatives to consistently achieve their mission and goals while building the capacity of those around her to grow into their best selves.
Dr. Martin is currently the CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc., a social enterprise that provides a range of products and services to put clients and participants in control of difficult conversations and situations. All Aces mission is to activate the power of consciousness and critical thinking to manage the ways our unconscious mind can interfere with personal and organizational resilience. Additionally, she serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute.
Dr. Martin was the first Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston as part of 100 Resilient Cities. She led the development and implementation of Boston’s first resilience strategy which was the first one in the 100 Resilient Cities network to make racial equity, social justice, and social cohesion the foundation of building resilience across the city. She engaged over 12,000 people across government, community, businesses, and nonprofits to develop Resilient Boston: An Equitable, Connected City. Smart Cities magazine selected Resilient Boston as the best resilience strategy of 2017 and the Center for American Progress featured it in its report A Framework for Local Action on Climate Change.
Prior to her role as Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Martin was the director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). In this role, she was responsible for coordinating public health, healthcare, and community health emergency management including oversight of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center to coordinate response and recovery efforts; and education and training through the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. She led the expansion of the DelValle Institute from the greater Boston area to the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Additionally, she increased their reach and capacity by facilitating the development and implementation of a learning management system to support in-person training and expansion into online learning. During her tenure, she led the public health and healthcare response to the Boston Marathon bombings, the winter snow storms of 2015, trolley crashes, train crashes, the Long Island bridge closure and evacuation, and dozens of smaller scale emergencies.
Her previous professional experience includes adjunct faculty in the Master of Homeland Security at Northeastern University; the Boston Police Department’s Boston Regional Intelligence Center; City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management; the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI); active duty Air Force assigned to the National Security Agency; and Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC).
Dr. Martin holds an Associate of Arts in Serbian Croatian from the Defense Language Institute (DLI), Bachelor of Science from Excelsior College, a Masters in Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut, and a Doctorate in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.
2017 Scholar in Residence: Jon Isham
Jon has been a member of the Middlebury College faculty since 1999, with a joint appointment in Economics and Environmental Studies. The co-founder of Middlebury’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the first of its kind in the liberal arts, he is known for designing and leading courses that emphasize hands-on learning to effect social change. Students in his 2005 “Building the New Climate Movement” went on to co-found 350.org; students in his recent social entrepreneurship courses have gone on to found Sparkfund, Sword & Plough, and other cutting-edge social enterprises. Jon has served on the Board of Directors of Brighter Planet (a company he co-founded with two former students), Planet Forward, Climate Counts, and St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island. He has published articles in journals as diverse as Quarterly Journal of Economies, Society and Natural Resources, Rural Sociology, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, and Vermont Law Review. In 2016-17, Jon was a Fulbright Scholar at Ashesi University College in Ghana, where he lived with his family.
2016 Scholar in Residence: Richard Heinberg
Richard Heinberg is considered one of the world’s notable advocates for a shift away from our reliance on fossil fuels.
Over the years, he has written thirteen books and countless essays as well as delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues in fourteen countries. He has been quoted and interviewed frequently for print publications such as the Associated Press, and Time Magazine, television, including Good Morning America, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Al-Jazeera, and C-Span, and radio, which includes NPR, WABC, and Air America.
Richard has also been featured in films and television documentaries and produced several animations such as, Don’t Worry, Drive On, Who Killed Economic Growth, and 300 years of Fossil Fuels in 300 Seconds.
2015 Scholar in Residence: Sandra Postel
The 2015 MRSC Residency Visiting Scholar was Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project. Sandra lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues and in 2010 was appointed Freshwater Fellow of the National Geographic Society, where she serves as lead water expert for the Society’s freshwater initiative.
Hailed for her “inspiring, innovative and practical approach” to promoting the preservation and sustainable use of Earth’s fresh water, Sandra is co-creator of Change the Course, the national freshwater restoration campaign undertaken by National Geographic and its partners, which is being piloted in the Colorado River Basin.
Sandra is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning Last Oasis, which appears in eight languages and was the basis for a PBS television documentary. She is also author of Pillar of Sand: Can the Irrigation Miracle Last? and co-author of Rivers for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature, now appearing in five languages. Her essay “Troubled Waters” was selected for Best American Science and Nature Writing. Sandra has written scores of articles for scholarly and popular publications – from Science and Ecological Applications to Foreign Policy and Natural History. She currently hosts and writes for National Geographic’s freshwater blog platform, Water Currents.
From 2000 to 2008, Sandra was visiting senior lecturer in environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College, and served as director of the college’s Center for the Environment. She has appeared in dozens of television and radio shows nationally and internationally, as well as in some half dozen films, including the BBC’s Planet Earth and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The 11th Hour.
The recipient of several honorary degrees, Sandra is a Pew Scholar in Conservation and the Environment, and has been named one of the “Scientific American 50” for her contributions to water policy.
2015 (Spring) Scholar in Residence: Bill McKibben
Bill McKibben is an environmentalist, writer, and Visiting Scholar at Middlebury College who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. His first book, The End of Nature, is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. McKibben has been awarded Guggenheim and Lyndhurst Fellowships, and won the Lannan Prize for nonfiction writing in 2000. With six college students, he organized 1,400 global warming demonstrations across all 50 states on April 14, 2007. Step It Up 2007 has been described as the largest day of protest about climate change in the nation’s history.