Luz Guel and Titania Green hike up the steps of the Sacred Cave in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For three weeks this summer four GMC students in Prof. Sam Edward's Environmental Law class conducted research related to Thailand's economic development. The students conducted academic interviews with Government Agencies and NGOs in Chiang Mai and Bangkok, and on weekends learned about Buddhism's relationship to the environment.

MBA Residency Features Tony Cortese
Dr. Anthony "Tony" Cortese will be the scholar in residence for the College’s Sustainable MBA program September 11-14. Besides providing several workshops for students, Cortese will give a public talk on Thursday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gorge titled: "Leonardo da Vinci to Business: Lead us on a Healthy, Just and Sustainable Path NOW!" Following this, he will be serving on a panel with GMC faculty and MBA alumni. The panelists will be answering the question: "What do I do to help business make the societal shift?"

Cortese has been actively engaged in sustainability challenges in businesses and higher education for over 30 years. He is a senior fellow at Second Nature, a Boston-based organization committed to promoting sustainability through higher education which he co-founded with U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.). He served as president of Second Nature from March 1993-August 2012. Tony was a founding member of the board of directors of The Natural Step US and of the Environmental Business Council of New England. He has served as a member of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board and on president Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development's Education Task Force. Earlier this summer, Cortese was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the EPA for his career spent actively engaged in large system sustainability and environmental challenges. Cortese has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tufts University in civil and environmental engineering and a doctorate in environmental health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Student Helps Irene Recovery
It has been nearly two years since Tropical Storm Irene left a wake of destruction throughout the state, but many Vermonters are still suffering the consequences. Green Mountain College student Binh Bui spent his summer helping people who remain homeless as a result of the storm. He worked as an intern for the Southeastern Vermont Irene Long-Term Recovery Committee (SEVT LTRC) program, housed at the Windham County United Way in Brattleboro.

"There are still nearly 50 families in Windham County who are struggling to rebuild their lives," said Binh. "My supervisor, the volunteer coordinator of the SEVT LTRC, and I have been reaching out to different organizations and contacts, such as the local newspaper, schools, and churches, to recruit 30-40 volunteers for nine homeowners still needing assistance, ranging from painting to construction."

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Campus Facilities Update
The grand house at the northeast corner of Bentley and College Streets in Poultney has a history as a private home, a dormitory and a dean’s residence. Now the fully renovated Bentley House will be an active center for community meetings, retreats, College seminars and alumni events. The second floor of the renovated space also has a tenant: the Southwest Vermont Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. One of the largest and most influential environmental organizations in the world, the Nature Conservancy practices a scientific approach to conservation, selecting important areas to preserve based on analysis of local plants, animals, and ecosystems. Funding for the Bentley House project comes entirely from grants and private gifts.

The white clapboard College-owned building at 310 Main Street in Poultney, known for years as the Williams House, was sold this summer. The house had stood vacant for many years and is now in the hands of new owners who have embraced the task of restoring the property to its former glory. Funds from the sale, approved by the College’s board of trustees, were used to reduce GMC’s bond obligations. The sale serves the dual purpose of shifting the College’s focus to buildings on the main campus while providing an opportunity for the improvement of a stately Main Street property.

The College is moving ahead with a new solar panel installation this fall which will be located on the west side of campus between the tennis courts and the Nature Conservancy Nursery. 
This initiative was financed through a net metering arrangement with the College’s utility Green Mountain Power (GMP) and approved by the College trustees. The project will generate a system rated output of 148,200 watts each year to the power grid. GMC will pay a discounted rate on the value of the net-metering credit issued by GMP. After several attempts to design the array in ways that did not impact surrounding large trees, contractors informed us that unfortunately we needed to cut down several trees in order for the array to have adequate sunlight. Otherwise, construction (which is expected to be completed by mid-October) will not interfere with any campus operations.

Last year the campus community discussed three new capital improvement projects including a new academic facility, enhancements to residence halls and a multipurpose student recreational facility sited at the Waldron Athletic Center. Over the summer the College took the initial step of envisioning what the renovations might look like through several architectural renderings. The footprint encompasses the indoor pool, which has been closed for the next year as planning progresses. As stated in the College’s long-range plan Sustainability 2020 adopted last year, future renovations to living, learning and work spaces will “enhance comfort, aesthetic appeal, functionality and sustainability.” The campus community will be invited to envision how a new multi-use facility can be developed to provide a wide range of recreational activities.


GMC in the News
What’s on the menu at Green Mountain College’s dining hall? Chances are it’s fresh and local! Dave and Cindy Ondria, who administer the GMC dining program for Chartwell’s, are pioneers when it comes to incorporating local food into the menu whenever possible. “In fact, GMC’s own on-campus farm provides eggs and produce,” writes Lauren Williams in this University Business article.

This article on the environmental accolades GMC has received over the summer recently hit the AP wire. "Green Mountain College has lived up to its 'green' name by focusing efforts on sustainability and renewable resources, which has prompted others to take notice," the story notes..

Many colleges claim that their eco-lessons are greening the world. Now some schools are trying to prove it. The story The Measure of an Education by Edward Humes in the September issue of Sierra magazine discusses how Green Mountain College is developing concrete metrics to measure progress in making sustainability central to curriculum, campus, and culture.

Auditions for the Fall Mainstage Production: The Grapes of Wrath
Auditions for the Fall Mainstage Production The Grapes of Wrath will be held on Monday, September 9th from 4-5:30 pm on Ackley stage. The Grapes of Wrath is written by John Steinbeck with an adaptation by Frank Galati. Paula Mann, Director GMC Theater Program, will be directing the play. She is looking to cast 23 roles (many of the roles require playing one or more characters). This is a powerful Tony Award-winning play that requires a strong, passionate cast committed to working together as an ensemble. Copies of the play are available at the GMC bookstore

For more information contact
Professor Paula Mann:
or Stage Manager Hannah Davis:

Labyrinth Service Day on Friday
All members of the community are invited to lend a hand weeding the labyrinth Come on over and help us clear the overgrowth from the labyrinthon on the lawn between SAGE Hall and the farm. We'll meet at the labyrinth Friday, September 13 at noon. Get your hands in the dirt and have fun participating in a great campus community project. We will have refreshments! For more information contact Rev. Shirley Oskamp, Campus Chaplain at

Guided Meditation on Tuesdays
Guided Meditation is a proven method of relaxation and stress-relief. Come and enjoy a half hour of peace and calm that will benefit you all week! Tuesdays from 3:30-4:00 in Ackley Chapel. Guided Meditation is open to all students, faculty and staff and is compatible with all religious and spiritual traditions. For more information contact Rev. Shirley Oskamp, Campus Chaplain at

Funktionlust Performs Friday, Sept. 20
Vital Spark performances present a charged artistic vision that move beyond 'safety zones' and seek to connect the human spirit and dream. Vital Spark performances are stimulating, complex and transformative. Vital Spark North's current project integrates dance, original live music /soundscape, physical theater and video to present six diverse works that confront and reveal the connections between nature and spirit, the individual/conformity and the tribe, meditations on inseparable relationships and reflections on legendary mavericks and mavens [the misunderstood].Vital Spark North is a multi-disciplinary duo featuring the collaborative work of choreographer/performer and visual artist Erika Lawlor Schmidt and composer/pianist Gary T. Schmidt. An award-winning artist who earned her MFA from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Erika has produced performances in numerous cities across the U.S. and Europe. Gary is a composer/pianist and received a master of music composition/theory from the University of Illinois. The program is free and open to the public.

Fly Like an Eagle!
Any students who have an interest in participating in varsity athletic programs this fall are encouraged to immediately contact the individual sport coach or visit the main office in the Waldron Athletic Complex. Cross country contact: Gail Schnaars at or 287-8246; men's soccer contact: Peter Steese at or 287-8378; women's soccer contact: Seth Benjamin at or 287-8342; women's volleyball contact: Erica Eno at or 287-2938.


Prof. Mitch LesCarbeau (English) recently had a poem accepted in the literary magazine Exphrasis, titled "Watching Moby Dick, Loew's State Theater, Providence." Exphrasis is a journal devoted to poems based on other art forms.

Karen Swyler's ceramic work is included in the exhibition "Earth Moves: Shifts in Ceramic Art and Design" at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities. This exhibition, in partnership with the National Council on Education for the Ceramics Arts, "addresses creative responses to current shifts in the artist's world and work. The exhibition features invited and juried artists from all over the United States who explore their shifting world of ceramics by examining new technologies, trends and societal change." The show runs from September 12 - November 10. Read more about the exhibition and view the works here.
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Men's Soccer
9/14, 3 p.m. vs. Daniel Webster (A)

Women's Soccer
9/14, 1 p.m. vs. Daniel Webster (A)

Women's Volleyball
9/11, 6 p.m. vs. Norwich (A)
9/14, 12 p.m vs. Becker (H)
9/14, 4 p.m. vs. MCLA (H)