ADE 3007 Winter Mountain Travel students braved -10°F in the heart of the Adirondack Park the weekend of March 10, 2018. Deep cold and low humidity made for extraordinarily starry skies. The students are to be commended for their skills, resilience, and service to one another.
Listen to GMC MSFS student and organic expert, Johanna Mirenda, on Food Sleuth Radio with Melinda Hemmelgarn (who was a Visiting Scholar at the Master’s program annual residency in February 2017). https://beta.prx.org/stories/207819
Johanna Mirenda is Technical Director at OMRI, the Organic Materials Review Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides an independent review of fertilizers, pest controls, livestock health care products, and numerous other inputs intended for use in certified organic production and processing.
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This commentary is by Jessica Casey, of St. Albans, a senior at BFA St. Albans, who is the recipient of the First in Sustainability Scholarship Award from Green Mountain College. The award covers her tuition, room/board and fees for all four years of study. This commentary is her contest essay. Any high school senior applying for admission to Green Mountain College’s class of 2022 is eligible for this scholarship award. Applicants are required to submit an additional essay. Submission will open this fall at www.greenmtn.edu! [Read more…]
On February 24, 2017, GMC President Bob Allen signed Energy Independent Vermont’s petition to put a price on carbon joining over 500 businesses in the State, making GMC the first institution of higher education to do so.
Green Mountain has a long tradition of environmental leadership in higher education and recognized the imperative to address climate change. Economists and business leaders recognize the importance of putting a price on carbon moving us toward a clean energy future.”
Students in Dr. Steven Letendre’s Economics of the Environment class this fall researched the impact that a carbon pollution tax would have on the State’s economy and the College’s finances. Based on an independent economic analysis by the Washington DC-based Regional Economic Models, Inc., the students found that a carbon tax could strengthen Vermont’s economy creating new jobs in the clean energy sector. Students and the college administration will be paying close attention to any bill that develops to insure it is not a regressive tax that would have a negative impact on lower and middle income Vermonters
Dr. Letendre said, “The students determined that the impact of a carbon pollution tax on GMC’s finances would be rather limited and could even create a net benefit due to our investments in biomass, solar, and efficiency across campus.”
Students in the class did extensive outreach on campus and hosted an information session in November with a representative from Energy Independence Vermont to gain campus-wide support. GMC senior Yasmeen Najeebi led the organizing effort, and is continuing student organizing work around the carbon tax with OurClimate and Vermont Student Power Network.
For more information, contact: Yasmeen Najeebi
As part of a Delicate Balance project, the Sustainability Office and campus volunteers opened and sorted all the landfill bags on campus for three days this semester. It was a messy but illuminating process. These “waste audits” began in 2012 to measure progress toward the goal outlined in the Sustainability 2020 plan to get 99% of recyclable, reusable and compostable material out of the landfill bags at GMC. The data collected will help the Sustainability Office decide the most important steps to take to achieve this goal. The graphic shows progress the campus has made, and opportunities to save even more waste from the landfill. The poster, created by Carl Diethelm ’17, states “If all compostable, recyclable and reusable electronic waste were eliminated, GMC could prevent the annual equivalent CO2 emissions of burning 338 gallons of gasoline or 3,201 pounds of coal.”
Seventeen Green Mountain College students and four faculty members spent the fall semester intensively studying the social, economic and environmental dynamics affecting the North Country region in Vermont and the Adirondack region of New York State. Their culminating project, a comprehensive vision for building a sustainable, resilient communities in the region, will be presented on Dec. 13 at 7-8 p.m. in the East Room in Withey Hall in the GMC campus. The program is free and open to the public; light refreshments will be served.
The students participated in the 12-credit fall block course “Envisioning a Sustainable and Resilient North Country.” The block course is a GMC innovation combining perspectives from different academic disciplines—the course was co-taught by Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable agriculture and food systems), prof. Laird Christensen (resilient and sustainable communities), prof. Teresa Coker (environmental education) and prof. William Throop (philosophy and environmental studies).
Students traveled throughout the North Country over the fall, meeting farmers, foresters, landowners, businesspeople, policy makers, and educators to develop strategies of “resiliency”— creating communities that can adapt to environmental, economic, or social disruptions without losing their capacity to function and maintain a coherent identity. They recently presented some of their findings to stakeholders at the Vermont state house.
At the end of the program students will present 24 information artworks illustrating people advancing sustainable practices throughout the North Country. The students’ work will also be incorporated in the North Country Climate Conference hosted by GMC on April 21, 2017.
The information artworks were created by students with the help of Douglas Gayeton, a multimedia producer, filmmaker and writer who created Project Localize, an educational program that helps students identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural and social progress in their communities. This project-based learning experience concludes by showing students how to share their findings with a series of “pop-up” shows.
This infographic was created by student Julia Green.
Tom Fredericks ‘19 is working with prof. Jim Harding (Dean of Faculty, natural resource management), on an independent study related to investment strategies—principally on stocks and stock options. As part of his investigation, Tom and a GMC team competed in the “Think or Swim Investment Challenge” sponsored by TD Ameritrade. This is a month-long competition in which 3-4 person teams, made up entirely of college students, are each given $500,000 in a virtual brokerage account. Over the following four weeks, teams invested in stocks, bonds, and options and tried to increase the value of the account. The competition began on Monday, Oct. 10 and concluded on Friday, Nov. 4. This is the second year that a team from Green Mountain College has competed in this challenge—last year, the GMC team led by Swe Oo ’16 finished 33rd out of 641 teams. This year, Tom’s team (GreenMtn Investing), including Marjuk Ahmed ‘17 and Ben Webb ‘19, was one of 726 from all across the United States. At the end of the competition, GreenMtn Investing finished 13th (in the top 2% of all teams), turning the $500,000 investment into $633,874.75 for a monthly return of 26.77%. “It is a credit to Tom to lead his team to 13th place finish against teams from some of the largest universities in the country,” Jim Harding said.
Where Dragons Roam is an art exhibition by Eben Schumacher, a graduating artist at Green Mountain College. Come to the opening on Friday, Dec. 9 from 5-7 p.m. at the Feick Fine Arts Center. The exhibition contains ceramic sculptures and oil paintings, as well as drawings, writing and music that together form a detailed and cohesive account of a fantastical world in which dragons have lived and evolved for ages. Pushing the limits of the media used, the work creates a visual, tactile, and conceptual experience that redefines the fantasy genre, utilizing an emphasis on narrative and scientific observation while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of the imagination. The exhibition will be on display until Dec. 20th. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join Christin Ross’s Urban Ecology class will be in the East Room on Thursday, Dec 8 at noon to discuss and describe their field research in New York City and Chicago, and how we utilized a multidisciplinary approach to understanding how urban areas are social-ecological systems. Learn some ways history, politics, social governance, and natural resources influence urban ecosystems. An Urban Ecology course will be offered next semester!