The photographs of prof. Kevin Bubriski (fine arts) appear in three different shows, in three different countries this winter. The Nepal Earthquake Summit, sponsored by The John Sloan Dickey Center at Dartmouth College, focuses on the response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Kevin will co-host “Round Table Discussion: Narratives of Disaster” from 5-6 p.m. on February 18 at the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth where some of his photos are on display. Kevin is also a featured artists in the group show “Anonymous: Urban Life in Contemporary Photography” at the Musée d’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, January 27-May 1. The exhibition explores the expression of individuality in often impersonal urban settings. Finally, Kevin is also exhibiting as part of “Point of View: Photographs Inspired by the Canadian Rockies” at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta, Canada, from January 30-March 27.
Marathon sessions in the library to complete a term paper. Late nights in the computer lab to finish a big project. These are rites of passage for all college students. But many GMC programs lead students outdoors, where the natural surroundings serve as living labs for inquiry and skill building. GMC’s outdoor adventure program, for instance, is nationally recognized for equipping students with in-depth environmental knowledge while teaching outdoor and extreme sports-related proficiencies. It’s a “get your hands dirty” major that prepares students for careers working with people in outdoor settings. Online Schools Center picks GMC’s adventure education program as a top choice.
The products on your supermarket shelves may have traveled thousands of miles to get there, consuming fossil fuels and resulting in food waste along the way. By keeping things local, regional food hubs eliminate steps between a farmer’s field and consumer’s fridge, says Dan Sullivan, a graduate of the MSES program who helped pioneer the MSFS program. Dan is an environmental journalist who writes about the importance of food hubs in this Modern Farming magazine article.
There’s no denying that Sammy Carlson is one of the most dynamic skiers in the game. The Oregon-native has bagged numerous X Games medals—including three-consecutive Real Ski Backcountry golds—and has produced some of the most impressive film segments our sport has ever witnessed. For the past few seasons, Carlson, Teton Gravity Research (TGR) and friends have been traveling the globe in search of soft landings, gigantic jumps and creative features to be featured in the 2015 film dubbed The Sammy C Project. Watch it on a big screen in the East Room,Thursday, January 28, from 6:30-9 p.m. Free, open to all!
Along with over 200 other colleges and universities, Green Mountain College has signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge organized by the White House last month to mobilize support for climate action at COP21 (see related story above).
The pledge says:
“As institutions of higher education, we applaud the progress already made to promote clean energy and climate action as we seek a comprehensive, ambitious agreement at the upcoming United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. We recognize the urgent need to act now to avoid irreversible costs to our global community’s economic prosperity and public health and are optimistic that world leaders will reach an agreement to secure a transition to a low carbon future. Today our school pledges to accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy while enhancing sustainable and resilient practices across our campus.”
COP21 has produced a strong consensus agreement on how nations will combat climate change; it is being hailed as a landmark international agreement. Now the focus is on implementation. Green Mountain has already achieved carbon neutrality and divested from fossil fuels, but more work is ahead as we move towards our 100 percent renewable energy goal outlined in the College’s strategic plan Sustainability 2020.
Adjunct professor of environmental studies Mindy Blank ’10 participated in the COP21 climate meetings outside Paris that culminated in an agreement announced over the weekend. Representatives from 196 nations attending the COP21 climate meetings adopted an agreement Saturday that covers both developed and developing countries. The agreement sets the goal of limiting the world’s rise in average temperature to “well below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”
Mindy attended the talks as a project coordinator for HELIO International, a Paris-based non-profit that helps nations transition towards a low-carbon based economy by developing sustainable, economically feasible alternatives.
Mindy earned a masters degree from Vermont Law School after graduating from GMC in 2010. She spent time in Paris working for the International Energy Agency, helping countries accelerate the deployment if renewable energy and energy efficiency technology.
About $22 of each student’s activity fee goes to funding projects that improve campus sustainability. The program, called the Student Campus Greening Fund, gathers student proposals that encourage sustainability on campus. GMC students then vote on each proposal. The SCGF fall 2015 grant update below was compiled by Carl Diethelm, director of the Student Campus Greening Fund.
There were 93 out of 153 votes for the Farm House Weatherization project, approving it for $8,639.40. If you would like to be involved with implementing the project over the winter break, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.There were 85 our of 153 votes for the on-campus wildlife rehabilitation center, approving it for $6,742.54.
There were 78 out of 153 votes for the Navdanya Internship Travel Scholarships, approving it for $4,400. If you are interested in finding out more information and/or applying, please email email@example.com.
Left over for next year’s fall grant allocation are $3,784.31. This portion may be used for the current projects upon request, as approved by the Campus Sustainability Council.
Prof. Steven Fesmire (philosophy) explores how religions provide us with new
possibilities for growth and communion –and can also create “walled-in faiths, each
community at least implicitly supposing it has nothing to learn from—and much to
oppose and fear in—other sects and creeds,” in the op-ed article which appeared
recently in the Rutland Herald.
World leaders in Paris are in the midst of high-stakes negotiations aimed at slowing the pace of global climate change.
“A political moment like this may not come again,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told leaders gathered for the conference last week.
Forty thousand delegates from 195 countries are attending the Conference of Parties (COP21). The participants are trying to agree on legally binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to hold global average temperatures short of a two degree Celsius increase over preindustrial global temperatures.
For those who know her, it’s not surprising that GMC adjunct faculty member Mindy Blank ’10 is in the midst of discussions. She is attending the talks as a project coordinator for HELIO International, a Paris based non-profit that helps nations transition towards a low-carbon based economy by developing long-term sustainable, economically feasible alternatives.
Mindy Blank earned a masters degree from Vermont Law School after graduating from GMC in 2010. She spent time in Paris working for the International Energy Agency, helping countries accelerate the deployment if renewable energy and energy efficiency technology. She is consulting with HELIOS International in addition to her teaching duties at GMC this semester.
“I hope to see government from every country in the world come to agreement on a mechanism for achieving a sustainable energy future,” Mindy said in an interview before leaving for Paris last week.
Mindy has been sending dispatches on the talks for the College’s COP21 web page. Visit the page to get day-by-day updates of current topics and our correspondent’s first-hand impressions!
Sarah Wallen’s senior exhibition explores the relationship between agriculture and pottery by showcasing a variety of vessels historically and currently used in the kitchen and garden. Live music, food, and refreshments will be served. Friday, December 11 from 5-7 p.m.