The Killington Mountain Resort–the “Beast of the East”–was at the epicenter of international ski competition over Thanksgiving weekend. The resort hosted the Audi FIS Ski World Cup November 26-27. With thousands of spectators urging hometown favorite Mikaela Shiffrin on to victory, students and alumni from GMC’s Killington School of Resort Management helped make the event happen. Jason Ruben ’17 and Will Conroy ’11 talked with WCAX-TV reporter Taylor Young about how the Resort Hospitality Management Program at GMC’s Killington School of Resort Management helps prepare students for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry. See the story here.
The lobby of the Waldron Athletic Center reflects a long and storied athletic tradition at GMC — trophies dating back to a century ago populate the large, glassed-in display case, and plaques honoring members of the GMC Athletic Hall of Fame are mounted in neat rows on the walls.
James Thivierge, GMC’s sports information director, walks down these hallways every workday. He sees the recent renovations to Waldron’s men’s and women’s locker room and bathroom facilities, made possible by a $200,000 donation from an anonymous donor, as representing respect for the College’s athletic history and a promise to current students.
James was deeply involved during the spring 2016 semester in planning for the renovations, which include upgrades to the faculty/staff locker room and improvements to the Waldron lobby entrance. Among other advantages, the renovations provide two separate locker rooms for both men’s and women’s teams.
“Our old locker rooms had to accommodate multiple teams — for instance, men’s track and lacrosse teams had to share the same locker room in the spring,” James said. “Now we can accommodate multiple teams for men’s and women’s sports.” Athletes will be assigned to new lockers, complete with name placards that, to James’ way of thinking, provide a sense of pride and ownership. “Student athletes spend a lot of time in Waldron, practicing and preparing for games. The new locker rooms will be places they can be proud of, places they can call home.”
Caption: Sports information director James Thivierge shows off ball skills with Ethan Cooper ’17 (left) and Mercedes Rideout ’17 (right) in one of the revamped locker rooms in the Waldron Athletic Center.
American School and University magazine recently cited Green Mountain College for its top ranking among baccalaureate colleges by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE also awarded Green Mountain College the #1 spot in sustainability-based curriculum.
AASHE measured the performance of colleges and universities in 17 aspects of sustainability through its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure sustainability performance.
“The institutions and initiatives featured in this year’s Sustainable Campus Index showcase the great work that higher education institutions are doing to lead the global sustainability transformation,” says AASHE’s Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser.
Read the full story here.
Master of science in sustainable food systems (MSFS) student Sonia Kendrick reminds us that in the midst of abundance, many people are “food insecure” — they cannot count on access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Sonia served in Afghanistan from 2003-2004 as part of the Iowa National Guard. She channeled her post-war trauma into a successful non-profit Feed Iowa First that grows healthy food in her hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Her organization also trains beginner farmers, something needed on a large scale to succeed the current aging agricultural workforce. Read more about Sonia’s work in this Union of Concerned Scientists blog post by Andrea Basche.
As the temperature drops, GMC students grab their winter gear and get out outside! Once again, GMC has been identified as one of the best colleges in the nation for outdoor enthusiasts. And we wholeheartedly agree! “One of the most environmentally-minded schools in the nation, Green Mountain College—whose motto is ‘First in Sustainability’—is true to its word and puts its money where its mouth is,” says the outdoor apparel company Marmot. “Case in point: it has pledged to reach complete carbon neutrality by 2020, already installing solar panels and a wind turbine on campus. Between the Adirondacks and Green Mountains (hence its name), the college is founded on earth-minded ideals, offering degrees in environmental studies, natural resource management and sustainable food systems. Its student clubs include a bike and ski shop, an equestrian club, a farm crew, an outdoor recreation alliance, a rowing crew, a skate club, an ultimate rugby group and quidditch, because why not?” GMC takes 9th place in this national ranking.
Join this community conversation on Thursday, Dec. 1 to discuss a Carbon Pollution Tax initiative in Vermont supported by over 20 organizations including the Vermont Natural Resources Council, the Sierra Club and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Dozens of Vermont companies have signed on to support the carbon pollution tax proposal which would place a tax on fossil fuels sold in Vermont. Students in GMC’s Economics of the Environment class are sponsoring this event to educate the campus about a carbon tax and evaluating the economic impact the policy would have on GMC. Students, faculty and staff are welcome! 6-7 p.m. in Terrace 122.
This open letter was sent November 3 by Bob Allen, president of Green Mountain College, and GMC student Thanh Nguyen ’17, on behalf of the College community. As part of her Delicate Balance project, Thanh organized a campus screening of the documentary “Salam Neighbor,” with guest speakers Clare Morgana Gillis, who teaches history and modern Middle Eastern studies at Marlboro College and Dartmouth College; Amir Pasic, whose family came to the United States in 1995 from Bosnia-Herzegovina and who graduated from Castleton University last December; Morgan Deheny, who graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a BA in Arabic and minor in French; and Marsha Cassel, a French teacher, global studies mentor, and co-chair of the Guidelines International Network conference at Rutland High School. Marsha has been organizing several screening events to raise public awareness and advocate for the resettlement of Syrian refugees in Vermont. She also is an active member of Rutland Welcome. The October 25 event was moderated by President Allen and co-hosted by UNICEF Campus Initiative and Rutland High School.
Green Mountain College’s annual tradition where students and community members come together to say “thank you” is in its fourth year! Encourage your friends to participate throughout the day on Tuesday as we eat together, volunteer together, and dance together! All meals, workshops, and events are free to the community. The schedule:
Breakfast: 7-9 a.m. Poultney Methodist Church. Homemade sausage, biscuits and local eggs will be served up with coffee and juice!
Info Table: 8-10 a.m. Poultney Public Library. Have questions? Find volunteers here!
Gratitude Journals: 11-2 p.m. in Withey Hall. Come decorate your gratitude journaland make an entry for someone you love! Take it home with you!
Lunch: 11:30-1:30 p.m. St. Raphael’s Church. Join Poultney High School and GMCfor soup, bread and apple crisp!
Soap-making: 1-2:30 p.m. Cerridwen Farm House. Learn how to make homemade soap!
DIY Home Products: 1-2:30 p.m. in Withey Hall. Learn how to make homemade cleaning products.
Tree Nursery Help: 1-4 p.m. in the GMC Back Parking Lot. Volunteer with the Native Plant Nursery to protect winterize the plants in the garden and greenhouse for winter.
Dinner: 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Withey Hall. A special meal with delicious local ingredients and an opportunity to get to know students better! Dinner tickets will be available for the first 100 people at the door of the College’s dining hall.
Indigenous Speaker: 7-8 p.m. The Gorge. Land Defender Vanessa Gray from Aamjiwnaang First Nation near Sarnia, Ontario’s “Chemical Valley,” will be speaking. Gray co-founded Aamjiwnaang & Sarnia Against Pipelines and is facing charges for non-violent direct action against the Enbridge Line 9 Pipeline.
Contra Dance: 8-11 p.m., East Room. Dance the night away with live music and a caller!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or with questions on how you can participate.
Open House at Green Mountain College is Saturday, November 12! Enjoy the brilliance of fall in Vermont and discover for yourself what makes GMC so special.
Here are just a few highlights:
• Campus, Farm and Sustainability Tours: Learn about GMC’s commitment to sustainable initiatives and educational opportunities.
• One-on-one chats with faculty and staff members about academic programs and student support services.
• Student panel: Hear about academic and personal transformations from current Green Mountain students with Q&A time.
• Athletics Meet and Greet: Visit the Waldron Athletics Center, chat with athletic coaches and learn more about GMC’s Division III sports programs.
For details and to register for either day, visit www.greenmtn.edu/openhouse or call 800-776-6675.
Green Mountain College was recognized on October 25th as the nation’s top baccalaureate institution for sustainability by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). AASHE also awarded Green Mountain College the #1 spot in sustainability-based curriculum.
Recognition by AASHE follows several other recent accolades GMC has received for social, environmental and economic sustainability. In August the College ranked among the nation’s top ten “Cool Schools” by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Also in August, GMC was ranked the third greenest college in the country in The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of The Best 381 Colleges.
AASHE’s 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top performing colleges and universities as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance developed by AASHE. With nearly 800 participating institutions, it is the leading tool for measuring higher education sustainability performance.
“The institutions and initiatives featured in this year’s Sustainable Campus Index showcase the great work that higher education institutions are doing to lead the global sustainability transformation,” said AASHE’s Executive Director, Meghan Fay Zahniser. “I hope the contents of this report will inspire students, administrators, faculty and staff at colleges and universities to work together to implement innovative solutions to the challenges that we face today.”
“This report confirms that GMC continues to serve as a model for campus sustainability while equipping the next generation of students with the skills they need to lead and succeed in a world that is being transformed by climate change and social justice,” said Green Mountain College Sustainability Director Ryan Ihrke.
Green Mountain College is the most highly awarded college in the nation for sustainability. GMC uses sustainability as the organizing principle for its undergraduate and graduate program curricula and operations. It was the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. In 2015, the College divested from the top 200 publicly traded coal, oil, and gas companies responsible for the largest amounts of potential carbon emissions in their reserves.
AASHE’s complete Sustainable Campus Index can be found here.