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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can get involved.