College to Host Community Energy Forum
Can the future energy needs of the town of Poultney be met through new wind, solar, or biomass projects? Can comparable energy savings be achieved through home weatherization projects? Might a combination of renewable energy and conservation measures be part of Poultney’s energy future?
These are among the questions to be explored in the Poultney Community Energy Forum at Green Mountain College on Thursday, September 25. The event will take place in the East Room of Withey Hall from 7-9 p.m.
The goal of the forum is to generate interest among Poultney community members to form an energy committee.
The Poultney Community Energy Forum is a joint effort between the College, the Town of Poultney, the Poultney Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations.
The event will feature two Vermont experts on community energy projects: Greg Pahl, author of The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Energy Crisis; and Debra Sachs, director of the Burlington Alliance for Climate Action. more...
GMC Moves Forward with Climate Commitment
Green Mountain College has submitted for publication the greenhouse gas inventory report required for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.
It is available here on the ACUPCC website, along with reports for other schools from across the nation. The site also includes a link to GMC’s seven page greenhouse gas inventory covering the 2006-07 academic year. The inventory includes data on emissions sources as well as information regarding steps the College has taken to reduce its carbon footprint.
In the spring of 2007, GMC became a Leadership Circle member for the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment. The commitment requires schools to develop a plan to achieve climate neutrality, with submission of the greenhouse gas report being the first step. The document also calls on colleges and universities to “integrate sustainability into their curriculum” to better serve their students and “meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society.”
Sterling Planet CEO Comes to Campus Today
Mel Jones, president and CEO of Sterling Planet, hosts a presentation today at 4 p.m. in Griswold Library Room 002. During his visit to campus, he will also meet with the College’s sustainability council and Prof. Jacob Park’s business strategy and sustainability capstone class.
In 2000, Jones and Sonny Murphy founded Sterling Planet, the largest broker of renewal energy credits and carbon offsets in the country. The company was recently named the Department of Energy’s 2007 Renewable Energy Supplier of the Year, with sales resulting in more than 1 billion pounds of carbon dioxide averted.
A frequent speaker before industry gatherings and an advisor for renewable energy initiatives, Mel Jones is familiar around the industry as a leader in articulating the trends and issues facing renewable energy.
He serves on the advisory board of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, which supports a broad societal transition to sustainability through education, outreach and scholarship. Jones also participates on the advisory board of the Apollo Alliance, which seeks to build a broad constituency in support of a sustainable and clean energy economy that creates jobs, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and strengthens communities.
GMC Recognized as a Top "Green" College
The online magazine Kiwi recently included Green Mountain College as one of the top 75 environmental institutions of higher learning in the U.S.
Kiwi’s 2008 Green College Report features pioneer schools in campus sustainability and environmental stewardship. The magazine cited the College's Farm and Food Project, including the two-acre organic garden and solar- and wind-powered greenhouse. Kiwi publishes the annual report to inform parents about choices of schools that place a high value on sustainability.
Poetry Reading to Begin Fall Colloquium Series
This fall’s faculty colloquium series begins Wednesday, September 24, with a poetry reading hosted by Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English). The presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. in Terrace 124.
The series continues through early December; future presenters include Prof. Paul Hancock (economics) and student Jose Galvez-Contreras, Prof. Jacob Park (business strategy & sustainability) and Prof. Rebecca Purdom (environmental studies).
Author & Artist to Visit Green Mountain College
Clare Walker Leslie, an artist and author nationally renowned for her work teaching nature journaling, will present "The Artist's Perception of Nature Throughout Art History" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Leslie, the author of eight books, was the 2004 winner of the John Burroughs Award for Nature Literature for Young Readers.
Her presentation is sponsored by the GMC English Department, the ELA program and the GMC Speakers Bureau.
Family & Friends Weekend Kicks Off Friday
GMC's annual Family & Friends Weekend begins Friday, September 26, and continues through Sunday with a full slate of events.
On Saturday, Main Street in Poultney hosts the annual chili cook-off. The men's and women's soccer teams will also be in action against the University of Maine at Farmington. At 7:30 p.m., a concert featuring the GMC Choir, Cantorion and Community Concert Band will be held in Ackley Auditorium. Sunday events include a brunch in Withey Dining Hall and GMC soccer games.
Click here for a schedule of events.
GreenMAP Leader Sign-Up this Week
The deadline for GreenMAP leader applications has been extended to Friday, September 26.
If you are interested in becoming a GreenMAP Leader you must have three semesters left at Green Mountain College; you must have previous experience in at least one of the activities commonly offered by GreenMAP, and you must attend a minimum of three trips as a GreenMAP participant.
If you meet the prerequisites apply by submitting a letter of intent to the Director of Adventure Programs. The letter of intent should outline your experience and the reasons you want to become a GreenMAP leader. For more information click here.
Prof. Meriel Brooks (biology) and Prof. Mark Jordan (biology) participated in a workshop of EcoLeague faculty held at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus in July. The gathering, conceived and organized by Meriel, John Anderson of College of the Atlantic, and Tom Fleischner of Prescott College, was to discuss teaching ecology in the EcoLeague, to brainstorm possible cooperative science projects among EcoLeague colleges, and to emerge with tangible ideas for moving the EcoLeague concept forward within the faculties of the EcoLeague institutions.
The outcomes of this workshop include a joint field biology course in coastal ecology to be held in August of 2010, a grant proposal to fund faculty exchanges, and plans for another retreat in the summer of 2009.
Participants pictured are: David and John Anderson, Stephen Ressel (College of the Atlantic), Mark Jordan, James Paruk (Northland College), David McGivern (Alaska Pacific University), Tom Fleishner and Lisa Floyd-Hanna (Prescott College), Leslie Cornick (APU), and Meriel Brooks.
Prof. John Nassivera’s (theatre) play, titled “The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes,” was presented by the Peak Theatre Players in Alberta this past spring. It is scheduled in the current season of the Bellingham Theatre Guild in Washington state, to open this coming January. This play was originally presented off-Broadway starring the well-known British actor Keith Baxter, and it is published by Samuel French, Inc., largest and oldest play publishers in the English speaking world.
Prof. Karen Swyler’s (fine arts) personal website, karenswyler.com, has been recently updated with images of new work made over the summer. She has also recently been included on the website artaxis.org which is an evolving independent network of artists working in a variety of media.
Provost Bill Throop (philosophy) recently gave a presentation titled "Ecological Humility and Effective Leadership: A Meditation on Leadership in the Age of Climate Change" at the annual meeting of the Society for Human Ecology (SHE), where he serves on the board of directors. Recently, he also presented his paper, titled "Environmental Virtues and the Aims of Restoration," at a conference on “Human Flourishing and Restoration in the Age of Global Warming” at Clemson University.