Green Mountain College Receives
National Sustainability Award
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) presented its annual Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards Friday, September 7, with Green Mountain College winning the 'Under a 1,000' category. The awards recognize institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding overall commitment to sustainability in their governance and administration, curriculum and research, operations, campus culture, and community outreach.
"We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year, so winning one of these awards is a major achievement," said Tom Kimmerer, the Executive Director of AASHE.
The awards are endorsed by the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium (HEASC), a network of 13 leading higher education associations with a commitment to advancing sustainability within their constituencies as well as in the system of higher education. The award winners were selected by pools of campus sustainability experts assembled by AASHE.
Ethnobotanist Dr. Gary Nabhan to Speak During Graduate Residency
Green Mountain College is pleased to welcome world-renowned biologist, author, and MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, Dr. Gary Paul Nabhan as our visiting scholar for the Fall 2007 Master of Science residency. As part of the residency, Dr. Nabhan will be giving a keynote talk titled "Place-based Foods of Maple Nation - Renewing America's Food Traditions" on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gorge of Withey Hall.
Nabhan will discuss the risks facing many of the nation's wild and domesticated edible plant and animal species. His talk will examine how these threats to biodiversity bring losses in traditional ecological and culinary knowledge, as well as a region's cultural heritage.
In addition to being one of the nation's leading ethnobotanists, Dr. Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University and a leading voice in both regional food initiatives and native plant agriculture conservation. He is Founder of RAFT (Renewing America's Food Traditions) and co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Known for his insight, humor, and willingness to cross disciplinary, linguistic, and ethnic boundaries, Gary has won numerous awards for his work, including the Pew Scholarship for Conservation and the Environment in 1991 and the John Burroughs Medal for Nature Writing in 1986. In addition to his groundbreaking study of indigenous Sonoran horticulture, The Desert Smells like Rain (1982), Gary has published more than fifteen other books that weave together the topics of food, ecology, culture, and story. His 1997 collection of essays, Cultures of Habitat, has been used in a variety of classes at Green Mountain College.
Nabhan's presentation is part of a 4-day residency at Green Mountain College, during which he will work with graduate students in the College's Master of Science in Environmental Studies program. His talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-287-8311.
James Martin to Give First
Thomas L. Benson Lecture
The man who Computerworld Magazine once ranked as the 4th most influential individual in the world of computer science will give the inaugural presentation of the Thomas L. Benson Lecture Series at Green Mountain College this fall. Dr. James Martin, a world-renowned visionary on the social and economic impact of computers and technology, will give a talk entitled "The Meaning of the 21st Century" on Thursday evening, September 27 at 6 p.m. in Ackley Theatre. This is Martinís second visit to campus. In 2002, he gave the Commencement address and was awarded an honorary doctorate.
Martin has written more than one hundred books, including the Pulitzer Prize nominee, The Wired Society. He is widely considered a "guru" in both Information Technology and business. For three decades he traveled the globe, observing firsthand the rapidly worsening problems of the planet and discussing practical actions to alleviate them. Martin believes these actions will eventually lead to radical changes in civilization, which is the subject of his most recent book, The Meaning of the 21st Century.
The Benson Lecture Series, named in honor of former Green Mountain College president, Thomas L. Benson, aims to bring visionary speakers of national and international significance to the College campus. Benson was president from 1994-2002 and was the architect of the Collegeís environmental liberal arts mission.
The James Martin lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-287-8300.
NYC Actress & Performance Artist Abigail Nessen Returns to GMC
New York actress and performance artist Abigail Nessen will be returning to Green Mountain College to present the World Premiere of her new one-woman show titled "Barefoot Angels." There will be one performance only on Tuesday, September 25, at 8:30 p.m. in The Gorge of Withey Hall. This special and unique event will be a world premiere and also a Benefit Event to raise funds for City Year Louisiana's program to assist newly reopened public schools in New Orleans.
"Barefoot Angels" is an original work written and performed by Nessen that explores the events of hurricane Katrina and the eruption of the volcano of Santa Ana. Viewers will be transported from Afghanistan to El Salvadore to deep Louisiana through music as diverse as Gospel and Central American hip-hop. Ms. Nessen has a chameleon-like gift for amazing transformations as an actress. In this, her newest work, she portraits six different characters living all over the world, through profound writing and virtuoso acting and singing.
Admission is free, with voluntary donations for City Year Louisiana gladly accepted at the door. After the performance, the audience will be invited to a reception featuring complimentary coffee, tea, and world famous beignet pastries from the famed Cafe du Monde in New Orleans' French Quarter.
Prof. Dick Weis (fine art) has had a work accepted in the exhibition "All in the Family" at the American University Museum in Washington D.C. The juried exhibition of American University Alumni will be on display September 4th - October 8th. Dick received his M.F.A. from American University and was a recipient of the David Lloyd Kreeger award for graduate painting while a student there.
Prof. Greg Brown (natural resource management) recently launched a new research institute and website devoted to advancing knowledge about how people value landscapes to improve land use planning processes and outcomes. The Landscape Values Insitute is a collaborative effort of researchers in Canada, Australia, Finland, and the U.S. The website (www.landscapevalues.org) highlights many different applications of mapping landscape values including applications for national forest management, protected areas planning, urban parks and open space planning, and the conservation of biological diversity, among others.