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.
In welcoming newcomers to our community, there may be questions left unanswered in our minds. Join us for this lecture-based discussion titled: “Welcoming Syrian Refugees: Religion & Violence, the Zero-Sum Game Fallacy, and Responses to the Presidential Election.” Among the questions we will explore:
“Is religion the root of the world’s conflicts? Why are religion and violence so closely linked?”
Led by professors Steven Fesmire (philosophy) and Natalie Coe (biology).
“How does it feel being a Muslim first arriving in the U.S.?”
Led by students Shamim Amiri from Afghanistan and Marjuk Ahmad from Bangladesh
“Will bringing in new people take away healthcare and educational opportunities, reduce jobs, and place a burden on the tax system? How do we move forward after the presidential election?”
Led by professors Laird Christensen (English and environmental studies) and Steven Fesmire.
This event, co-hosted by Thanh Nguyen ’17 and the campus UNICEF Initiative, will be held in the East Room from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16. The event is free and open to the general public.
The opening of trade between the U.S. and Cuba marks a significant transition in the countries’ diplomatic relations. Amid this fascinating transitional period, Green Mountain College is offering students two interdisciplinary courses during the spring 2017 semester including a travel opportunity to Cuba.
“Cuba in Transition: Energy, Sustainability, and Justice” will examine historical and modern Cuban culture, with a focus on conceptions of sustainability, capacity for incoming renewable energy businesses, and the relationship with social justice in a country that is governed by socialism.
“Renewable Energy Technology Applications” will focus a course project on assessing the renewable resource potential in Cuba in support of the “Cuba in Transition” course. The project builds off of students’ understanding of renewable energy resources, technologies and policies to deeply examine current and future projections for clean energy development in Cuba.
The courses are offered by prof. Steven Letendre (economics and environmental studies) and prof. Mindy Blank (scholar in residence, environmental studies).
Christine Schultz and Marc Deloach, a husband-wife team of self-taught artists, make their living making amazing things from found objects. In their first two months as artists-in-residence at Green Mountain College, they’ve been inspired by the beauty and materials of the Vermont landscape. Much of the work in this show, on display now at the Feick Fine Arts Center, was made from reclaimed local materials in the last few weeks. The bed, bench, dining table, lap tables, painted fish and slate paintings are all from salvaged materials found on campus or within a few miles of Poultney. Christine painted landscapes based on her local photographs using the Feick as her studio space. Marc built his pieces at the REED workshop. “We hope the show gets you thinking about what you can create from what’s at hand,” the artists say. The opening reception on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at the Feick Gallery features live music, food and drink. The show is up until Nov. 15th. Gallery hours are Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Darryl Benjamin is teaching “5010: Contemporary Food Systems,” a graduate-level course in the College’s Master of Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program – and he’s recently published a book titled Farm to Table: The Essential Guide to Sustainable Food Systems for Students, Professionals, and Consumers. The book was published by Chelsea Green and co-authored by Lyndon Virkler, dean of education at the New England Culinary Institute. “I am thrilled that the MSFS program continues to attract thought leaders in sustainable food systems for the benefit of our students and the food system changes they are leading in their own communities,” commented prof. Robin Currey, director of the MSFS program. Praise for the book includes this rave from Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy and Back Forty restaurants: “What took me twenty years to figure out, you can learn by spending several hours with Darryl and Lyndon’s terrific book. Succinct without being superficial, yet in-depth without being wonkish, Farm to Table is an invaluable tool for chefs who are curious about food beyond the edge of their plates.”
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.
GMC was well represented at the “Deep Change for Climate Justice” conference held October 15-16 in White River Junction, Vt. The conference was dedicated to “creative dialogue, learning the story of this emerging movement, understanding our role in this story, and moving towards networking, collaboration, and action.” The keynote speaker was Sherri Mitchell who was born and raised on the Penobscot Indian reservation in Maine and who brings an important perspective to climate justice issues. Sherri is a practicing attorney and the founding director of the Land Peace Foundation, an organization dedicated to the global protection of Indigenous rights and the preservation of the Indigenous way of life. GMC students Ellen Sanders ’19, Elizabeth Martrirosian ‘20 and Truman Cressey ’18 joined chaplain Shirley Oskamp participating in the conference and joining discussions focused on transformational activism.
From October 9-11, four members of the Green Mountain College community attended the annual Conference of Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in Baltimore. This is the largest annual gathering of higher education sustainability professionals, with over 2,300 faculty, staff, students and administrators attending.
Carl Diethelm ’17 shared his experience reducing food waste at Green Mountain College during his presentation “Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Waste Reduction.” Prof. Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) and Simon James ’18 partnered to present “Building Social Capital: Fostering Inclusion and Trust on Campus and in the Community.” Their presentation highlighted GMC’s leadership in measuring and addressing diversity, inclusion, trust, associations and grit as a core component of the GMC’s sustainability goals. Ryan Ihrke (director of sustainability) teamed up with GMC’s former sustainability director Aaron Witham to premier “Sustainability Officers: The Dream, The Sometimes Harsh Reality, The Reasons You Want Us on Your Leadership Team,” a video of sustainability officer interviews highlighting how they entered their careers, rewards of their positions, and on-the-job experiences unique to their roles.
Interested in representing GMC as a presenter or attendee next October in San Antonio, Texas? Learn more about AASHE at http://conference.aashe.org/ and contact Ryan Ihrke at email@example.com to see how you can get involved.