Sustainability 2020 – Moving forward
Check out this new video from the College’s communications department on the story of clean energy at GMC.
President Paul Fonteyn Announces Plan to Step Down at End of Academic Year
Green Mountain College President Paul J. Fonteyn has announced that he will step down as president at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.
“The accomplishments I have achieved during my tenure as president have only been possible because of the vibrant, creative, and dedicated faculty and staff composing the Green Mountain community,” Fonteyn said. “It has been an honor to serve as president for the past seven years. I will miss a lot of things, but especially the students.”
The seventh president in GMC history, Fonteyn was appointed in June, 2008.
Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, chair of the Board of Trustees, stated: “Paul Fonteyn has done an immense job over the past seven years that we on the board greatly appreciate. He led us in becoming one of the nation’s top colleges in environmental, social and economic sustainability and greatly expanded cutting-edge online graduate programs. Dr. Fonteyn achieved this during one of the most difficult times in higher education history beginning with the 2008 recession.
He has been Green Mountain College’s greatest champion and a model for loyalty, public service and sustainability—the hallmarks of the College’s mission. The College owes him our deepest gratitude for his service and legacy. We wish him the best in the next chapter of his personal and professional life.”
During Paul’s tenure, GMC was ranked in 2010 as the top environmental school in the nation by Sierra Magazine, the second Greenest School in 2015 by the Princeton Review, and one of the top fifty excellent yet affordable colleges in the nation by Forbes magazine in May 2015. In 2011, GMC became the first college in the nation to achieve carbon neutrality through a combination of campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets.
Paul and his wife Marsha plan to split their time between Ojai, Cal., and their home on Lake Bomoseen.
Tony Cortese announced that a search committee, consisting of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni, and students, will be formed with the goal of installing a new president by the end of June, 2016. (See related story below).
Dr. Anthony D. Cortese Appointed Chair of GMC Board of Trustees
Dr. Anthony D. Cortese, internationally renowned sustainability expert, has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Green Mountain College. Dr. Cortese has a doctorate from Harvard School of Public Health. He served as commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and he was the first Dean of Tufts University Environmental Programs. With the help of John Kerry and Teresa Heinz, he founded Second Nature, a non-profit organization that aims to make sustainability the foundation of all learning and practice in higher education and served as its president for 20 years. While at Second Nature he organized the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a publicly accountable commitment by 700 colleges & universities to become carbon neutral in operations and to make education for sustainability a foundation for student learning. He recently founded the Intentional Endowments Network to align higher education endowments with their mission. Dr. Cortese has served on the Green Mountain College Board since 2008, and he has been a scholar in residence in Green Mountain’s sustainable business MBA program.
Mr. Robert Charlebois, former managing director of Duke Energy, was elected vice chair of the Board. He has been a key figure in building Green Mountain College’s resort and hospitality major in partnership with Killington Resort, has been assisting with the College’s renewable energy projects and been instrumental in its strategic direction since he joined the board in 2009.
“We thank former Board chair Bob Allen and former vice chair Lorene Wilbur for their stalwart leadership,” said GMC president Paul Fonteyn. “As a nationally recognized leader in sustainability and education, Tony’s dedication and insight as GMC’s chairman will be a vital part of our continued success.”
GMC Convocation Features Vermont Author and Adventurer Jan Reynolds
Green Mountain College hosts its annual Fall Convocation on Tuesday, September 8 at 4 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium. The keynote speaker is author, mountaineer, adventurer and athlete Jan Reynolds, author of the book High Altitude Woman.
Reynolds, who lives in Stowe, was born on a Vermont dairy farm. She became a nationally ranked cross-country ski racer in high school and college, and raced biathlon for the U.S. National Team. She is a prize-winning photojournalist whose intrepid adventures have taken her to every continent, photographing and recording vanishing cultures to preserve their unique heritage for future generations.
Her work has been featured in the New York Times, National Geographic, Esquire, Vogue, Pe
The event is free and open to the public.
GMC Launches New Website
Green Mountain College’s website just got a facelift: the College’s new website at greenmtn.edu launched last week.
The site is built in WordPress, an easy to use and adaptable software. It brings together disparate GMC sites—including graduate and online education program pages—under one umbrella. It is also responsive—the new design makes it compatible with mobile devices and is structured to boost rankings in search engines.
Users can browse the College’s calendar, at greenmtn.edu/gmc-events/.
Students, faculty and staff can also access email, MyGMC, Moodle, and other commonly accessed sites by clicking the “login” button in the green navigation bar located at the lower right side of the home page.
The new site was designed and built by Stride Creative of Burlington, Vt., and the GMC communications office.
Check out the new site at greenmtn.edu.
Scholars in Residence Visit Campus this Month
Students have the opportunity to learn from key thinkers, policymakers and businesspeople who come to campus as visiting scholars through GMC’s graduate studies programs. The scholars are on campus for intensive 4-day residencies with GMC graduate students and give public lectures during their stay.
The 2015 visiting scholar for the College’s Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies (MSES) and Master’s of Science in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC) residencies from September 9-12 is Sandra Postel, founder of the Global Water Policy Project. Sandra lectures, writes, and consults on international water issues and in 2010 she 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, and being piloted in the Colorado River Basin.
She is the author of several acclaimed books, including the award-winning Last Oasis: Facing Water Scarcity, 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 talks include “The Global Freshwater Challenge: New Solutions for a Thirsty World” from 7-8:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium on Thursday, Sept. 10, and “Water: Adapting to a New Normal,” from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 in The Gorge, Withey Hall.
Work Study Job Fair
The job fair will be held in Withey Lobby on September 2, 2015 between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.
We have a new process for securing your textbooks this year. All of your books for all of your classes can be picked up at the Green Mountain College Book Depot, located on the 2nd Floor of Withey Hall, next to the East Room. The Book Depot will be open during the following days/times. Please have your student ID when you go to pick up your books–they will be pre-packaged based on the schedule of classes you are enrolled in.
- Monday (8/31): 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday (9/1) – Friday (9/4): 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Calhoun Learning Center Open House
Stop by the Calhoun Learning Center and see what we’re all about. Inquire about skills workshops, academic coaching and meet our tutors for the Fall 2015 semester! Tomorrow from 5-7 p.m.
Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) is a leading proponent of “green chemistry,” a process that encourages the design of products and processes that minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances. She recently co-authored an article “Green Soap: An Extraction and Saponification of Avocado Oil” in the Journal of Chemical Education. The article describes a green chemistry experiment that provides a new twist on soap making. Commonly used extraction solvents like petroleum ether are replaced with safer ethyl acetate to extract the oils. See the full article here.
Prof. Heather Keith (philosophy) was interviewed July 27 on “Community Matters” a program broadcast by KZUM, Lincoln, Neb. The 20-minute interview covered topics on psychology, virtues, ethics, and the iconography of the Nebraska state capital building in Lincoln. Turns out that, among several other areas of expertise, Heather is an authority on the capital’s artistic designer, a philosopher named Hartley Burr Alexander (he was a subject of some of Heather’s research early in her academic career). Listen to the podcast here.
The news media has been diverted to other stories since the cataclysmic earthquake this spring in Nepal. Prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine art) went back to Nepal this summer to check up on friends and assess how reconstruction efforts are progressing there. As usual, Kevin brought his camera, and some of the resulting images and Kevin’s first-person account were published in The New York Times’ “Lens” blog.
During the week of August 9, Prof. Bill Landesman (biology) attended the Ecological Society of America’s 100th annual meeting in Baltimore, along with Isaya Chirachaturaphak and Brian Haggerty-Perrualt. He delivere