As the clock struck midnight Friday night, the annual Do it in the Dark dorm versus dorm energy reduction competition came to a close. Our resident assistants banned together with the Sustainability Office to get their buildings at the top of the chart and their coworkers crashing to the bottom. As the week came to a close the numbers began to indicate a clear winner. Cree took on the challenge to Do it in the Dark and defeated the competition for 2015. We pride our champions in their efforts to reduce energy and join floor and building-mates alike in order to claim the victory. As always at the Sustainability Office, we ask you to be mindful with your energy consumption and consider alternatives for energy efficient practices. A great thanks to all those who did it in the dark for another year and we can’t wait to see who will take the title of Do it in the Dark champions next year.
Erondu Jude Chisom ’16 has received an internship at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Youth as Campus Ambassador, an organization dedicated to empowering youth from around the world to create sustainable solutions to global development and environmental challenges. Launched by the United Nations in 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development problem-solving at local, national, and global scales.
Erondu’s internship lasts for two months through December 27, after which he is eligible for a 12-month position on the Assembly. Erondu is studying sustainable business with a minor in environmental policy. The first member of his family and his community in Nigeria to attend college, Erondu has held several leadership positions at GMC. He was a member of the judicial review board between 2013 and 2014, director of civic engagement on the Student Senate, and student body president last year. He is also a member of the Green Mountain College Model United Nations, representing China and Togo in the Security Council at the National Model United Nations Conferences in New York in 2013 and 2014. According to the SDSN announcement, “Erondu is passionate to be a member of SDSN-Youth so that he can develop necessary skills needed in his career pursuit in foreign policy and sustainable development and promote global education which he sees as a tool for the eradication of global hunger and poverty.” Read more on the SDSN website.
Green Mountain College biology prof. Bill Landesman was featured in a live interview with WCAX-TV, explaining his research on deer ticks in Rutland County. Bill and his students are trying to determine what conditions create high risk for humans in getting Lyme disease. His research is important in determining why Vermont has the highest per capita incidence of Lyme disease in the country. Watch the video.