Professors Chris Brooks (environmental studies and natural resource management) and Jacob Park (environmental studies) had their paper published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. The paper is titled, “Local Flood Resiliency in an Era of Global Climate Change: Understanding the Multi-Sectoral Policy Dimensions.”
Kenneth is leaving soon to complete his practicum with the organization Democracy Spring in Washington, DC. He’s providing an informational session about this movement on Thursday, March 3, in the Gorge at 6 p.m. Democracy Spring calls for immediate action to end big money in politics and to ensure free and fair elections. Kenneth will relate how community members can join a march on April 15th in Washington (transportation and housing provided).
Weatherization Works of Pawlet has received a “Best of the Best” award for energy efficient renovation from Efficiency Vermont for the restoration of the College’s Two Editors Inn in 2014.
Weatherization Works was recognized for their work on the 1830s Greek Revival building on Main Street used by the College as a guest house for campus visitors. The renovation included extensive air sealing, insulation, and a high-efficiency cold-climate heat pump system that cut yearly heating costs by more than $1,800. Weatherization Works undertook the project after students in the GMC thermal-audit class discovered air leaks throughout the building and its heating ducts.
Weatherization Works was one of 13 award recipients recognized at Efficiency Vermont’s annual Better Buildings by Design conference in Burlington on February 3rd.
The Two Editors Inn is a model of energy efficiency for older residential buildings in Vermont. GMC students were closely involved in every step and will continue to test the projected efficiency gains against actual data. Read more about the project here.
Green Mountain College has entered into a partnership with Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC) to offer a tuition discount for eligible employees. VYCC employees who have completed four weeks of full-time employment are eligible to receive a 15% discount for enrollment into a full-time online program, or a $20,000 award to full-time residential students.
“This is the latest step in our active outreach to local organizations that demonstrate commitments to social and environmental sustainability similar to GMC,” said GMC Provost Tom Mauhs-Pugh. “We want to give employees of these organizations a clear path to local, affordable education in relevant programs that will help their career advancement.”
Vermont Youth Conservation Corps provides education and training to youth ages 16-24 through hands-on outdoor work in conservation and agriculture. Corps Members complete projects that benefit the environment and local communities in a program infused with structured education.
Green Mountain College welcomes Philip Howard, visiting scholar for the College’s M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) winter residency February 17-19. Howard will make a public presentation “Is Food Diversity an Illusion?” on Wednesday, February 17 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
“Students in this online program come from all over the country. They complete their studies online and in their own communities,” said Robin Currey, Director of the MSFS program. “The annual residency gives students a chance to have face-to-face time with and their faculty mentors. It’s also a great opportunity for our undergraduate students to learn from the graduate students and about trends in the discipline.”
In conjunction with the residency the College will also be offering its first GMC Sustainable Food Systems Research Symposium, which focuses on research MSFS students have produced in their coursework. A complete schedule of symposium presentations can be found here.
All programs are open to GMC faculty, staff and students, including a second presentation by Howard for the GMC Community at 7 p.m. in the Gorge, Thursday, Feb. 18, entitled “Concentration and Power in the Food System.”
Phil Howard is an associate professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University where he focuses on “mapping” trends that help illustrate the rapid evolution of food systems. His new book Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat?, explores how mergers and acquisitions in the industry have placed 40% or more of the market in the hands of four major companies. Howard demonstrates how a handful of companies dominating markets can drive up prices for consumers, reduce innovation and result in negative environmental and human health impacts.
Howard holds a PhD in Rural Sociology from the University of Missouri. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Forbes, GOOD, The Ecologist, and Mother Earth News. He is president of the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society from 2015 to 2016, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems.
The MSFS degree program prepares future leaders in the growing movement for sustainable, just, and local foods, through a two-year program that emphasizes an interdisciplinary understanding of sustainable agricultural production and knowledge of economic, ecological and social forces forming food systems.
Note: Below is a message to the GMC community from the presidential search committee reporting progress on the College’s ongoing presidential search.
As the spring semester starts, it is our pleasure to provide the Green Mountain College community with an update on the search for our next president.
From the beginning, our Board of Trustees sought to have a presidential search process that was as inclusive as possible. We have followed what are considered to be best practices at private colleges. To recap our work thus far, here are a few of our major milestones:
Search firm selection. The Search Committee was charged with the task of identifying candidates for Board consideration. The first step was to engage the services of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, an executive search firm specializing in higher education executive recruitment. Storbeck is one of the leaders in the field and we have been working with them and following their advice on how to find the best presidential candidates for our College.
Search committee composition. The Board aimed for a Presidential Search Committee that was representative of all of the College’s stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and trustees. Accordingly, our Search Committee includes six trustees (three of whom are alumni/ae), two faculty members and two staff members, selected by their peers, and the elected student government president, all of whom are passionate advocate for the College’s mission and potential. The Committee has been working collaboratively on all issues and has been making good progress.
Listening sessions. This fall, our consultant from Storbeck conducted extensive listening sessions and interviews with College stakeholders: full- and part-time faculty, students, staff, members of the Board of Trustees, and the cabinet. In addition, a community-wide electronic survey asked what background, qualities, and abilities should characterize our next president and what would be the major issues that person would be confronting. Many thoughtful comments were also received via the presidential search website. Several key themes emerged from these conversations, which were most helpful to the Committee’s drafting of the position profile.
Position profile. Based on the input from all stakeholders, the Committee then undertook the task of writing a position profile, which describes the challenges and opportunities facing the College and the qualities we seek in a person to move the College forward.
Recruiting. Our search firm reached out to its extensive network of educational and other leaders to solicit nominations and to recruit candidates. Members of the College community were also encouraged to suggest names or make formal nominations. We have been very pleased with the response to this opportunity, which resulted in a robust candidate pool.
Review of applications and initial interviews. The Committee has been reviewing candidates and selecting candidates for interviews to be conducted over the winter. Based on the talented candidates participating in our search, we have every confidence that we will find the right person to lead the College into the future.
Conclusion. We want to assure members of the Green Mountain College community that the Search Committee has been working diligently and that the search is on track and going well.
We look forward to providing you with further information about the search later this winter. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue sharing your thoughts and feedback with us confidentially via the presidential search website.
Bob Charlebois and Deborah Granquist Co-Chairs of the Green Mountain College Presidential Search Committee
Presidential Search Committee Members
Robert Charlebois, Co-Chair, Trustee
Deborah Granquist, Co-Chair, Trustee
Dan DeClercq MBA ‘14, Trustee
Robert Ebling III, Trustee
Perez Ehrich, Trustee
Anna Whitcomb Knight ‘71, Trustee
Catherine Villafranco Parker ‘87, Trustee
Natalie Coe, Faculty
John Van Hoesen, Faculty
Ryan Ihrke, Staff
Paul Millette, Staff
Antoine Lucic, Student
Ivana Zivkovic ’16 will be presenting her honors thesis in philosophy on Wednesday, February 10 in Terrace 121 at 4 p.m. Her thesis is titled “I and Thou and the Everyday Life: A Look into Martin Buber’s Existential Humanism as a Path to Mediating Current Cultures of Dialogue.” Ivana will explain how Martin Buber’s philosophy can be used to transform everyday interactions through authentic dialogue and responsivity. The talk will encompass topics such as Hebrew Humanism and utilitarianism and will conclude with a question and answer session.
Community members from the town and the College are encouraged to attend this open gathering on Friday, February 12 at noon, inside Friends in Adoption (212 Main Street, Poultney) to discuss updates affecting both the “town and gown.” Bianca Zanella, community outreach coordinator, will be facilitating an open conversation, welcoming anyone from the community to share successes and concerns for Poultney. Updates will include information on events open to the community, Poultney 2020, and GMC‘s presidential search. Join us to meet more of your neighbors! A light lunch will be provided.
Join us for the Collaborative Music Project Meet-Up Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 7-9 p.m. in the Gorge! All performers will be placed in groups at random to form a band. Create and practice music for a performance on Saturday, September 26, during Alumni and Family Weekend. Sponsored by the College Programming Board. For questions, contact Student Involvement in the Withey Basement.
Students from prof. Kevin Bubriski’s documentary photo course spent this past fall semester looking at photographer Neil Rappaports work from Pawlet in the late seventies. Students then visited Pawlet themselves to recreate a contemporary body of work to compare and contrast with the deceased photographer’s. This is a series of student work with some of Rappaport’s original prints of Pawlet, also featuring Vermont artist, George Bouret. Come join in celebrating this historical perspective on rural Vermont through photography. Opening reception at The Feick Art Center, February 12 from 5-7 p.m. with live music by Andrew Poirier and Jens Hybertson. The show is open the public from February 5-March 3 from 1-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.