Earth Week 2014 is here! The next few days will feature fascinating speakers, workshops, health and wellness activities and the annual Earth Week Parade. Find out more details in the story below.
Jonathan Lash is Green Mountain College’s 2014 Benson Lecturer
Green Mountain College will host Jonathan Lash as speaker at the eighth annual Thomas L. Benson Lecture, Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The title of his address is "Who'll Lead on Sustainability?"
Currently president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass, Lash is an environmental and educational leader with deep ties to Vermont.
Lash is an internationally recognized expert on practical solutions to global sustainability, climate change, and development challenges. From 1993 to 2011, he was president of World Resources Institute (WRI), a Washington-based environmental think tank focusing on issues ranging from low carbon development to sustainable transportation. Under Lash's leadership, WRI quadrupled its budget and globalized its work to over 50 countries. He also co-chaired the President's Council on Sustainable Development, a group of government, business, labor, civil rights, and environmental leaders appointed by Bill Clinton that developed visionary recommendations for strategies to promote sustainable development.
GMC Earns Perfect Environmental Rating in Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges
Green Mountain College continues to earn accolades as one of the greenest colleges in the country. GMC received a perfect “99” green rating in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges released last week. As a member of the "Green Honor Roll," GMC was one of just 22 colleges in the country with a perfect score.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Guide to 322 Green Colleges is a comprehensive guidebook profiling higher education institutions that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Green Mountain was cited for excellence in academic programming and a strong commitment to social and environmental sustainability. "'Going green' is more than a catchphrase at Green Mountain College-it's a raison d'être," states the guide. “In 2012 the college approved a strategic plan Sustainability 2020 which challenges GMC to meet all of its energy needs with 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.”
Poultney 2020: Celebrating A Year of Progress
One year into its revitalization effort, Poultney 2020 organizers are preparing for a community celebration on May 3rd that will showcase several projects designed to enrich the cultural, social and recreational offerings in the town. “Green Up and Celebrate Poultney 2020” will take place from 2–5 p.m. at several venues in downtown Poultney.
Scheduled activities include a 4-mile fun-run/walk tour of the Poultney Rail & River Trail; a Riparian Ramble along the Poultney River; a Woodland Wonders scavenger hunt; art displays, poetry readings and dance workshops at Stone Valley Arts; music by Phil Lamy’s Green Brothers Band with Boiled Lettuce; a craft display by the Poultney Area Artists’ Guild and a Shakespeare performance with madrigal singing by Green Mountain College students, all at the new Bentley Community Center. Also enjoy free food prepared by the students at the LiHigh School’s new culinary program; a slate carving demonstration and slate painting workshop for children; and an information session about a planned community park.
Earth Week is Here
Earth Week 2014 at Green Mountain College features fascinating speakers, workshops, health and wellness activities, the annual Earth Week Parade and the unveiling of a new bike shelter built by students in the REED program. The Poultney Earth Fair is another highlight of Earth Week activities. The 7th annual event will take place on Thursday, April 24 from 2-5 p.m. at Poultney High School. This year’s theme is “Powering into our Future." Tomorrow from 1- 3 p.m., faculty, staff and students are invited to pick up litter and rake leaves on campus. Meet in Withey Lobby at 1 p.m. or join in the fun later. Rakes and garbage bags will available.
Activities for Earth Week happen every day from Thursday April 17 (when the “Go Towel-less” competition kicked off) through Friday, April 25. Opportunities to get involved in Earth Week are so awesome, the Office of Sustainability has set up an entire event schedule here. Check this calendar regularly and watch for daily event emails throughout the week.
Music at GMC Includes Annual Spring Concert and "In Nature's Realm”
The GMC/Community Concert Band will perform its annual spring concert playing works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Debussy, Rimsky Korsakov, traditional Irish selections, and Billy Joel. The band includes students, faculty, and members of the community. The performance is Friday, April 25 at 7:30 in Ackley Hall and is free and open to the public. On Friday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in Ackley Hall The Green Mountain College Choir presents "In Nature's Realm,” a program celebrating nature and our relationship with It. Highlights will include works by Haydn, Hovhaness, Randall Thompson, Dvořák, Ann MacDonald Diers, and John Rutter. Several of the works are inspired by the nature writings of Henry Beston, Robert Frost, and Walt Whitman. Both events, directed by GMC music director James Cassarino, are free and open to the public.
Guest Speakers Hosted by Climate Change Block Course
This semester’s climate change block course will host two guest speakers during Earth Week. Today Bruce Seifer, coauthor of Sustainable Communities: Creating a Durable Local Economy and former director of the Burlington, Vt., Department of Community and Economic Development, will deliver a talk titled "Climate Change and Community Development" from 1-2:15 p.m. in Bogue 017. On Thursday, April 24 there will be a showing of “Cowpower: The Film” from 12:15-1:45 p.m., also in Bogue 017. Allison Gillette, director and producer of the film, and David Dunn, manager of the Cow Power program at Green Mountain Power, will be on hand to answer questions about the film.
College Book Store, The Eagles Nest, is Open
By now you may be wondering what’s going on with the bookstore, now that it has vacated Withey to make way for the new Center for Careers, Advising and Teaching (CAT) Center. This new center brings together advising, career services and academic support services on campus in one central location. But the bookstore hasn’t gone away! It has reopened as the Eagle’s Nest in the Hospitality Center in Pollock Hall. You can still load up on GMC apparel, water bottles, coffee mugs, diploma frames and special gifts. The Eagle’s Nest will be open during normal business hours and by request for special events.
The College will continue to partner with E-Follett to provide an online market for textbooks and required course materials. The College will coordinate with the Office of Student Financial Services to create a hassle-free shopping experience. Stay tuned for more information.
Special thanks to the Bookstore Advisory Group which helped create the Eagle’s Nest: Keith Bosley (director of athletics), Wendy Ellis (director of student financial services), Corey Fletcher ‘16, Sharon Hoffman (GMC registrar), Antoine Lucic ‘16, Max Seeland (associate director of development and alumni relations) and Mariama Sylla ’16. Special thanks also to Katje Hewes (assistant director of student financial services), Ashely Lamb (student financial services assistant), Hailey Paschold (student financial services assistant) along with Hope Chambers (hospitality coordinator) and student ambassadors who have stepped up to serve customers in the Pollock retail space. The bookstore artwork was created by Corey Fletcher.
Fine Arts Students Present Senior Shows
Fine arts major Julia Aviles presents her senior show of photographs in the Surdam Art Gallery from April 25-May 10. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. “I Spy: An Interactive Study in Visual Perception,” Marissa Rozanski’s senior exhibitions of paintings, will continue to be on display at the Feick Fine Arts Center through April 25. Brianna King will exhibit her senior show “Biophilia” at the Feick Arts Center May 2-13, with an opening reception on Friday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m. “Biophilia” is an exploration of the human connection to the natural environment through multiple mediums including 2D, 3D, and an outdoor installation.
Get out and Bike
If you're looking for people to ride with, sunshine on your skin, and wind running through your hair come ride with the GMC Ski and Bike Shop every Monday at 5:45. We have helmets and bikes for you if you don't have your own!
End of Year Shuttle Service
For students interested in getting a shuttle to the Albany Airport at the end of the year, we will be offering three different shuttles:
Saturday, May 10th
Monday, May 12th
Wednesday, May 14th
All of the shuttles will leave from Ames Circle at 8 a.m. Please sign up through the Student Financial Services Office in Pollock Hall. First come, first serve. If you have any questions, please email Noah Hurley, director of residence life.
Be a Student Ambassador
Student ambassadors play a key role in showing prospective GMC students around campus when they visit. There are positions available in the admissions office for student ambassadors next year. If you are work-study eligible and interested in applying, please send your resume to Hope Chambers and Cleopass Nakoma.
Feedback for the Farm
The Farm Design and Funding (SFS 4000) class invites the campus community to an open house at the Solar Harvest Center (farmhouse) for an opportunity to share some wholesome Cerridwen Farm foods and solicit feedback on the proposed farm mission statement, facilities master plan, farm enterprise plans, revised website content, and three-year strategic plan. Come pick at our food while we pick your brain, and share our poster displays with comment boxes for your feedback! 4 p.m. at the Solar Harvest Center on Monday, April 21.
Reverie Release Party
You're invited to get a preview of The Reverie, Green Mountain College’s literary magazine at the Reverie Release Party on Thursday, April 24. Come to the Stone Valley Arts Center on Main Street at 7 p.m. and meet with the artists and writers who contributed to this year's Reverie. Savor your free copy of the publication and mingle with the editors. Music, poetry readings, and artwork on display! Refreshments will be served.
STUDENT AND FACULTY NOTES
Kristen Schmitt, a student in GMC's master of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program, has published a story "Greener Pastures: Corporate Skills for Sustainable Jobs" for the website Food Politic. Read the full article here.
Prof. Natalie Coe (biology) was quoted in a Vermont Women magazine story on the Vermont Genetic Network (VGN) mission to spread a “culture of research” across the state of Vermont. In addition to providing grants to researchers for their projects, the VGN provides services shared among funded projects, and with other scientists throughout the state.
Natalie says access to these services has been instrumental in helping faculty and students at GMC advance their work. “People are surprised that a small liberal arts college would be able to offer this,” she said. “The breadth, depth and quality of the courses that we can offer, that were developed with help of VGN, it’s wonderful.” Read the full article here.
From April 11-13, Green Mountain College students Titania Green and Kristen Friedel attended the 22nd Annual ASIANetwork Conference to present research they conducted in Thailand over the summer. Students Nick Ravotti '14, Luz Guel '14, Titania Green, and Kristen Friedel, with faculty mentor prof. Sam Edwards, received a $25,993 grant from the 2013 ASIANetwork-Freeman Foundation Student-Faculty Fellows Program for Collaborative Research in Asia. As a requirement of the grant, students Titania Green and Kristen Friedel, and faculty mentor Sam Edwards, attended the conference in Chicago. During a three-hour concurrent panel session, Green and Friedel presented their project,“Thailand’s Environmental Development: In Front of the Green Curve,” to board members of the ASIANetwork- Freeman Foundation, and various experts in Asian Studies throughout the United States.
Binh Bui '14 received the student campus award at the 2014 Vermont Campus Compact Engaged Campus Forum and Award Ceremony held in Burlington on April 4, 2014. President Fonteyn, director of student involvement Ryan Ihrke, prof. Jacob Park (sustainable business) and office of career and personal development director Maia Sanford attended the event.
Jacob Park's article "Education and Career Pathways for Sustainability in an Era of Disruptive Change, Part 2" was published in Sustainability: Journal of Record April 2014 edition http://online.liebertpub.com/toc/sus/7/2#utm