The 11th annual Poultney Earth Fair will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 2pm–5pm at Poultney High School. Clubs, classes, groups and individuals are invited to host booths with information about how to create a more sustainable world.
Green Mountain College President Robert (Bob) Allen, today announced that Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, will deliver the commencement address during the college’s 2018 commencement ceremony which will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m.
Mr. Ali, who is renowned as a national speaker, trainer, and facilitator specializing in Social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities, will address members of the Class of 2018 and their families, Green Mountain College Trustees, alumni, faculty and staff.
Mr. Ali worked for 24 years to advance environmental justice as Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has worked tirelessly to alleviate the impact of air, water, and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods. Throughout his career Ali has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues.
Mr. Ali currently serves as Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Mr. Ali leads the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the organization’s portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization.
Mr. Ali elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. At the EPA, Mustafa led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic strategies to address the issues facing vulnerable communities. He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He helped found the environmental justice office, then the environmental equity office, in 1992. In 2012, Mr. Ali launched the EPA’s Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which reached over 100,000 followers. This blog highlighted innovative actions to address environmental justice, sustainability and climate change issues. In 2010, Mr. Ali also served as the Environmental Justice Lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2004, he was selected as the EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institutes “Trainer of the Year” for his efforts in training over 4,000 across the country in “The Fundamentals of Environmental Justice.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Ali has conducted over 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lecturers, and trainings. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law. He is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington, and the former co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show which focused on social justice issues.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Mustafa Santiago Ali to our campus as our 2018 commencement speaker,” said Green Mountain College President Robert (Bob) Allen. “His life’s work serves as inspiration to our graduating students who will be heading out into the world, seeking to build a socially, economically, and ecologically resilient society while striving to secure environmental, health, and social justice.”
Students from the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Program are presenting their Capstone Project/Thesis online starting April 17, 2018. All are welcome to join and learn about the great research that is taking place in the graduate program. Below is the webinar schedule and access details.
4/17/2018 at 9:30am EDT
Sustainable Food Systems Track: Undergraduate Course Development for Lehigh University by Cynthia James
The modern industrial food system that evolved to serve the growing global population with an emphasis on corporate profitability over human and environmental health has left consequential economic, environmental and social impacts. There is an increased need to analyze and address the negative effects and develop long-term solutions that will nurture communities and regenerate natural resources through the food system. The majority of the current population of farmers is aging, and the younger generation of farming families frequently chooses a different career path. College courses are a perfect opportunity to introduce students to the practical skills and knowledge needed to actively improve the food system related to the three pillars of sustainability. This project examines and compares the successes of existing undergraduate programs in sustainable food systems and uses them as a model to design a suite of undergraduate courses in this field for Lehigh University. The courses combine guiding ideologies and practical training through a variety of teaching styles including traditional classroom training, a hands-on agricultural laboratory, and integrated community interaction. They are intended to be not only an educational tool, but also a vehicle to positively affect local food systems both on the University campus and throughout the surrounding community. Students will gain analytical skills as well as hands-on implementation experience in sustainable food systems that they can utilize to secure a future career in the field or start their own project following graduation.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=md4cba6e71c8e1cb032c9c14c21932747 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 732 873 797
4/17/2018 at 12:00pm EDT
Cultivating Abundance for the Modern Agrarian – A Guide for New and Beginning Farmers in New York State by Ashley Pierce
New and beginning farmers are in short supply in the United States, with the average age of farmers ever increasing. This project focuses on educating those interested in beginning in agriculture, with a focus on increasing the health of their finances, the environment, and society. Working to address the lack of beginning farmers in my bioregion, the handbook equips those just beginning to learn, as well as start up operations with tools and ideas for consideration, enabling them to make informed decisions, provides connections, networks, and resources that are essential for growth and development. The handbook also identifies opportunities in education, financing, networking and marketing, increase agricultural producer knowledge, while including best practices, serves to educate and encourage decisions to be based on a holistic management decision framework, and prepares new and beginning farmers for future opportunities and challenges. The handbook includes a discussion of various methods and recommendations specific to the needs of beginning farmers, while promoting production methods that encourage sustainability and environmental stewardship. By partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, this handbook will be available online via a PDF file.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=md9333111688fa236296b9d507cd8e02d and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 733 983 161
4/18/2018 at 8:15am EDT
All the Buzz: A Guide to Support Bees in the Northeastern United States as a Component of Sustainable Food Systems by Christina L. Folmar
Bees are the lifeblood of our food system, and it is imperative that we acknowledge their importance in the ecosystem service of pollination. Habitat loss and decreasing bee-appropriate plant diversity are two of the most pressing issues that native pollinators face as their numbers continue to decline. To help homeowners understand the implications of increasing bee-appropriate plant diversity in their yards, I have developed an assessment and guidebook for homeowners. The assessment portion of the guidebook provides a way for homeowners to document how well their properties facilitate habitats for local bee populations and leaves room for homeowners to develop plans to improve biodiversity for bees. My guidebook explains why bees are important in the food system, what flowers homeowners can choose for local bee populations in the Northeastern United States, and defines sustainable beekeeping.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=mc7bc9a03bd9bd52fcaaf36e388deac60 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 737 591 103
4/20/2018 at 4:00pm EDT
Empty Cartons, Broken Dairies: The Unsustainability of Vermont’s Iconic Milk Industry and Its Hidden Reliance on Undocumented, Abused Labor by Jeannine A. Guttman
Dairy and Vermont are synonymous. For more than a century, dairy farming shaped Vermont’s economy, ecology, values, and culture. Thousands of hardworking family operations gave rise to its modern, multi-billion-dollar industry. Dairying is arduous, labor-intensive work, with thin profit margins. Today, to keep operations afloat financially, more and more dairy owners employ undocumented migrant workers, mostly from México, to dampen expenses and control costs. The official position of Vermont, facing a severe labor shortage, was to “look the other way.” When dairy farmers in Vermont, known for its liberalism and progressive ideals, and its government openly flout federal immigration laws, the desperation of the state’s dairy industry becomes clear. The tragic 2009 workplace death of a young migrant dairy worker from Chiapas, México, sparked the birth of Migrant Justice of Vermont, which now advocates for workers’ constitutional protections, food sovereignty, and a reformed federal agricultural visa program. The migrant workers, who live in isolation on dairy farms and in fear of detection and deportation, are viewed as “illegals” by federal law enforcement. Vermont’s reliance on undocumented workers is unsustainable and counter to its groundbreaking statewide sustainability goals, outlined in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Vermont provides a unique window into the world of undocumented workers, desperate farmers, and largely ignorant consumers. This capstone examines undocumented migrant worker exploitation; the history of using Mexicans as temporary farm labor; the free trade impact; the racialized food system, and how Vermont food justice advocates can respond to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=mc33967d44d9f32a8561b3571cf16d96f and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 738 530 708
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform a free spring concert in Ackley Hall on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm. The performance will include works by Aurelio Bonelli, George Butterworth and Elliot Del Borgo. Directed by James Cassarino, the band includes students, faculty and community members.
Help preserve theYellow Trout Lily in Vermont! Participate in GMC’s Annual Garlic Mustard Pull during Earth Week! Tuesday April 17th, and Thursday April 19th 2018.
Garlic Mustard is a highly invasive biennial, introduced from Europe, and is a concern because it displaces native flora in woody areas and moist forests such as our own Poultney River riparian forests.
We encourage everyone to participate in this event as this does a great service to the GMC Natural Area. Everyone is welcome! Teachers bring your classes and students bring your friends! Follow the surveying flags to the Natural Area and look for the Jolly Roger Pirate Flag! After all, X marks the spot.
9 am–1 pm, Tuesday, April 17
9 am–1 pm, Thursday, April 19
If you want to participate or would like to learn more, contact Cody Ferlow (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jim Graves (email@example.com).
All interested students are invited to join Prof. Christopher Brooks to visit our partner institution Vermont Law School (VLS) on Wednesday, April 18th. Students will tour the VLS campus, visit with Green Mountain College alums who are current students at VLS, sit in on a class session, and meet briefly with the President and Dean of VLS. Lunch will be provided. It’s always a fun trip, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and consider graduate school opportunities!
We will depart promptly from the Ames front circle on Wednesday, April 18th at 8am and will return to campus in the late afternoon, no later than 5pm. Please email Prof. Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend.
Green Mountain College cordially invites you to attend its fourth annual FREE career conference entitled “Making a Difference & Making a Living” on Friday, April 13th, 2018 in Poultney, VT.
At the heart of this gathering is the essential question that many people ask: How do you find a career in which you can make a positive difference in the world AND make a comfortable living?
We have gathered together experts in the fields of ecological, social and economic sustainability to provide insight into the personal journey they have taken toward engaging in satisfying and meaningful work.
FEATURED EVENTS INCLUDE:
- 10-12am: Mock Interviews with Alumni – Practice the essential art of interviewing
- 11am-1pm: LinkedIn Photoshoot – Update your profile picture with a professional headshot
- 3-5pm: TEDx-style Talks – Be inspired by our exceptional speakers!
- 5-6pm: Networking Reception – Celebrate the Green Mountain College community with a complimentary beverage and delicious hors d’oeuvres
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information about our inspiring slate of speakers, please email serena.eddy[at]greenmtn.edu.
We hope you can join us!
North Country communities are already experiencing climate disruption. At the same time, momentum is building behind regional climate solutions. To empower citizens to build our capacity to implement such solutions, Green Mountain College, SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury and Apex Solar are sponsoring the fourth annual North Country Climate Conference, whose theme is Education for Climate Solutions: From the Classroom to the Coffeehouse. The event will take place on Friday April 20, 2018 from 8:00am–4:30pm on the campus of SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY. A van will be taking GMC students staff and faculty to the site. The conference is free for students and only $30 for faculty and staff.
Participants will work in teams on simulations exploring the challenges of mitigating climate change. They will chose from sessions on Inspiring Hope in a Worrisome World, Best Practices for Climate Communications, and Inspiring Youth through Climate Action. In break out sections, regional K-12 teachers will explore toolkits for educators based on the new Next Generation Science Standards. The keynote address, Engaging Communities in Science with Maps, Apps and Drones, will be given by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne, professor of GIS at the University of Central Florida and Christine Muisteri, from Citizen Science GIS. Other speakers include Steve Kaagan, former Commissioner of Education for Vermont, Patrick Nelson, former special projects coordinator in the office of NY Assembly member Phil Steck, and students from the Youth Climate Program. The music of Juxtapoze will energize and empower.
For more information, contact Bill Throop or Ryan Irhke or go to the conference website https://
Join Sky Sandoval, April 6th, 2018 at 8:30pm for an evening of laughter.
Sky is a Burlington-based comedian who has opened for national acts such as DeAnne Smith and was a finalist in the 2017 Vermont’s Funniest Comedian contest. He produces the Cup of Comedy showcase at Radio Bean in Burlington on the last Sunday of every month. Sky graduated from Green Mountain College in 2015.
Event: April 6th, 2018
8:30–11pm, The Coffee House, basement of Moses Hall
This event is free and open to the public.
Standup comedy show about dating and relationships featuring internet sensation Josh Sundquist. March 29, 2018 from 7:00pm–8:30pm at The Gorge in Withey Hall.
Josh is a son, brother, cancer survivor, author, Paralympic ski racer, motivational speaker, YouTuber and Halloween enthusiast. Check him out at http://joshsundquist.com.