During the course of the MBA program, students can participate in two on-campus residencies – one at the beginning of each academic year. 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 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 academic, social, and recreational sessions.
September 13-16, 2017 Residency: Jon Isham
We are pleased to announce that our 2017 Residency Visiting Scholar will be 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. In the last few years, Jon has given keynote talks and led seminars about social entrepreneurship in the liberal arts at Hamilton College, Hampshire College, Wilfred Laurier University, Westmont College, and the College of New Jersey, among others. 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. At Middlebury, he has been elected twice to the Faculty Council and chaired the Environmental Studies Program. 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. Before joining the Middlebury faculty, Jon served in the Peace Corps in Benin, lead a crew at the East Bay Conservation Corps, and was a researcher and assistant project manager at the World Bank. He holds degrees from Harvard, Johns Hopkins, and the University of Maryland. 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 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 13 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: Jennifer Chiodo
Jennifer Chiodo, principal of Cx Associates in Burlington, Vt., provides collaborative consultation for the design and delivery of high performance buildings to organizations committed to developing buildings with a positive impact on occupants, the community and the environment. She is a licensed electrical engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional, and is a member of the board of directors at Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR).
2014 Scholar in Residence: Yola Carlough
Yola Carlough is a Senior Associate and Community Director for B Corporation, a non-profit that is dedicated to helping companies achieve a higher standard of transparency, accountability, and performance. Formerly, Yola was the Director of Sustainability for Burt’s Bees and Social Mission Director for Ben & Jerry’s. She graduated from Manhattanville College, and enjoys playing piano, yoga, and adventure travel.
2013 Scholar in Residence: Dr. Anthony Cortese
As a member of GMC’s board of trustees, Anthony Cortese has been actively engaged in sustainability challenges for businesses and higher education for over 30 years. He is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a Boston-based advocacy organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education. He was co-founder of Second Nature along with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and served as president of the organization from March 1993-August 2012. He was the organizer of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment and co-founder of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and the Higher Education Association Sustainability Consortium. Cortese was a founding member of the Environmental Business Council of New England. Earlier this year, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA for his engagement in large system sustainability and environmental challenges. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
2012 Scholar in Residence: Juliet Schor
Juliet Schor, professor of sociology at Boston College and an expert in consumer patterns, the relationship between work and family, women’s issues and economic justice, was the scholar in residence for GMC’s Sustainable MBA program 2012. Schor interacted with GMC’s Sustainable MBA students through seminars, lectures and informal discussions during the residency period. With an impressive education and lengthy professional background, Schor is currently working on issues of environmental sustainability and their relation to Americans’ lifestyles and the economy and the emergence of a conscious consumption movement. She is a co-founder and co-chair of the board of the Center for a New American Dream, a national sustainability organization.
2011 Scholar in Residence: David Blittersdorf
David Blittersdorf, President/CEO of AllEarth Renewables, has spent his entire career focusing on renewable energy. He began in college, where he built a wind turbine as a mechanical engineering major at the University of Vermont. He continued with the development of his first company NRG Systems. With Blittersdorf at the helm, NRG Systems became an international leader in wind measurement technology. After stepping down as CEO after twenty-two years of service, he started Earth Turbines. This company developed residential sized turbines, and eventually began work on an All Sun Tracker. This development led Blittersdorf to rename the company AllEarth Renewables. Blittersdorf also serves on numerous boards and committees including Renewable Energy of Vermont, the Small Wind Certification Council, and the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. AllEarth Renewables
2010 Scholar in Residence: Melissa Everett
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome Melissa Everett as the 2010 Scholar in Residence for the MBA program. Everett is an author, columnist and career counselor in private practice in Kingston, N.Y. Her most recent book, Making a Living While Making a Difference: Conscious Careers for an Era of Interdependence, “is a timely and highly informative guide to a working life built on principled choices and an entrepreneurial attitude.” Her previous book, Breaking Ranks, won the Olive Branch Award of the New York University Center on War, Peace and the News Media. Everett holds a Ph.D. from Erasmus University in the Netherlands. She directs Sustainable Hudson Valley, a regional organization devoted to sustainable development. She also teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Sustainable Hudson Valley
2009 Scholar in Residence: Bruce Piasecki
Bruce Piasecki is the author of six books on business strategy, valuation, and corporate change. In his newest book, World Inc.: When It Comes to Solutions — Both Local and Global — Businesses Are Now More Powerful Than Government, Dr. Piasecki examines a “new phenomenon in socially responsible capitalism,” one that looks to business instead of government to solve society’s problems. World Inc. explores how “the corporations that can best address social issues by creating superior products will thrive and profit in this new world.” Other books by Dr. Piasecki include In Search of Environmental Excellence: Moving Beyond Blame, the Nature Society’s book of the year. His business articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Technology Review, and Christian Science Monitor. World Incorporated
2008 Scholar in Residence: Victor Morrison
Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company, is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainable business practices. He has served as financial operations manager for IBM in Essex Junction; as the CFO for SkiTuner/Grindrite; as CFO/VP of Finance and Administration for Planned Parenthood of Northern New England; as CFO and later CEO of the Elan Ski and Snowboard Company; and as Operations Manager for Efficiency Vermont. The American Flatbread phenomenon began as a small restaurant in Waitsfield, VT, serving homemade pizza baked in a wood-fired oven. Today it is a privately-held company with four restaurants and a national sales operation of frozen baked goods. The business started as “an experiment in post-modern bread baking,” using traditional methods and simple wholesome ingredients produced locally. American Flatbread Company
2007 Scholar in Residence: Will Rapp
Will Raap founded Gardener’s Supply – an employee owned company based in Burlington – in 1983 after an accomplished career with many major corporations. Raap is honorary founding member of the board for the Intervale Foundation, a nationally recognized center for sustainable agriculture in Burlington. Board appointments include the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Vermont Partnership for Environmental Technology and Science, Vermont Sustainable Agriculture Advisory Council and Living Technologies, Inc. Gardener’s Supply Company Intervale Foundation
2006 Scholar in Residence: Spencer Putnam
Spencer Putnam has served executive director of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR), a statewide coalition of leaders in the green business field. His own successful business career includes positions as General Manager of Danforth Pewterers and as Vice President of Operations at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, among others. Putnam has been active in local and civic affairs, including service as a member of the boards of the United Way, CommunityAction, Agency on Aging, and The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund. Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility