GMC Wins Sustainability Innovator Award
Green Mountain College was one of three schools in North America to receive a 2009 Sustainability Innovator Award. The College’s Student Campus Greening Fund was recognized by The Sustainable Endowments Institute as an exemplary student-run program designed to put into action greening initiatives and reduce the school’s environmental impact.
Since its inception in 2004, SCGF has funded a wide range of projects including the purchase of double-sided printers in the library; a $10,000 biomass feasibility assessment for the campus heating system; new campus recycling bins; and the purchase of local food in the dining hall. In addition, the SCGF helps students gain valuable project management, grant writing, and organizing skills while advancing the college’s environmental mission.
The award was announced Wednesday by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, which publishes an online national Report Card designed to identify colleges and universities that are leading by example in their commitment to sustainability. The Report Card also serves as a tool for high school students in selecting a college, and for college students interested in improving sustainable practices on campus.
“The Greening Fund is a way for students to take a direct role in programs and policy decisions that have an impact on our campus operations,” said Jesse Pyles, GMC’s Coordinator of Service Learning and Sustainability. “We’ve long known the benefits of the Greening Fund enjoyed by the campus community—we’re gratified the program has received this national accolade.”
View the list of award winners here.
Farm & Food Project Receives $110,000 Grant
Green Mountain College’s Farm and Food Project has received a big boost through a $110,000 grant from The Jensen/Hinman Family Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
This funding, which will be matched dollar-for-dollar by GMC, supports research aimed at running the College’s Cerridwen Farm with as few fossil-derived resources as possible—with the ultimate target of using no fossil fuels at all.
The funding will also support expansion of the College’s draft animal program, including introduction of draft animal technologies and the training of a second oxen team. more...
African American Culture Club
Recognizes Life of Jeffrey Brace
The tides of history nearly passed over the story of Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who won his freedom after fighting for the colonials in the American Revolution before settling in Poultney, Vt., more than two centuries ago.
Thanks to an enterprising historian and the curiosity of several of Brace’s descendents still residing in New England, Brace’s extraordinary life story will be memorialized on Sunday, October 12. A 2:30 p.m. ceremony sponsored by Green Mountain College’s African American Culture Club and the Poultney Historical Society will include the dedication of a Vermont Roadside Historic Site Marker in East Poultney.
Kari J. Winter, professor of American Studies at SUNY Buffalo, discovered Brace’s original memoir. “Memoirs of former slaves who remembered Africa are extremely rare, as are first-person accounts of black soldiers who served in the American Revolution,” Winter said. In the process, Winter’s project brought together long-sundered branches of the Brace family still living in St. Albans, Vt., and in Indian Orchard, Mass.
Green Mountain College Prof. John Nassivera and students in GMC’s African American Culture Club took an interest in the project, and spearheaded the effort to create a permanent memorial to Brace’s extraordinary life. Several members of the Brace family plan to attend the October 12 celebration. Following a public dedication of the Brace historic marker, Prof. Winter will deliver reflections and lead a discussion the United Baptist Church of East Poultney.
Green Mountain to Host Writers Symposium
This two-day symposium at GMC October 11-12 honors the life and work of Horace Greeley and features four authors providing inspirational presentations and interactive writing workshops. The program is designed to give voice to aspiring writers and offer an opportunity for experienced writers to renew a commitment to a narrative, a biography or an unfinished poem.
Guests include Joni B. Cole, author of the inspiring Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive and creator of the acclaimed This Day book series. Other participants include Dr. Robert C. Williams, author of Horace Greeley: Champion of American Freedom; Burnham Holmes, teacher of speech and writing at Castleton State College and author of One Shining Moment: Sports Heroes for a Day; and Michael Jarrett, professor of English at the York Campus of Penn State University and author of Drifting on a Read: Jazz as a Model for Writing and Sound Tracks: A Musical ABC.
Writers in all genres are welcome—for a reservation form click here.
New Bus Schedule from Poultney to Rutland
Marble Valley Transit has announced a new bus schedule for the area. It features three stops in Poultney and multiple trips to Rutland throughout the day. The service begins today and is free through January 1, 2009. Click here for the schedule.
Green Mountain Senate to Host Fall Festival
The GMC Student Senate is hosting its first Fall Festival on Saturday, November 1. We are looking to have as much campus involvement as possible - we want your help to plan this. The Fall Festival will have live bands, food, games, activities, fire-pits—a grand ole GMC time will be had by all!
If you are interested please come to our meeting on Wednesday, October 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Withey Lobby. If you have any questions or want to suggest any bands please e-mail StudentSenate@greenmtn.edu.
Internship Presentations Slated for October 2
On October 2, students from the Environmental Studies Department will host an evening of presentations on their summer and fall internships.
Presentations begin at 4 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. The schedule is as follows:
- 4 p.m.
"Lake Education and Action Program"
- 4:20 p.m.
"A Summer Spent Sampling Shortnose Sturgeon"
- 4:40 p.m.
"Asbestos Sampling for Walsh Environmental in Colorado Springs"
- 5 p.m.
"Environmental Regulation in an Age of Big Business"
- 5:20 p.m.
"Water Quality Monitoring in CT and Public Health Implications"
- 5:40 p.m.
"Legal Internship at Law Office of DeBonis & Wright"
Student Laura Restrepo has accepted a position on UNICEF’s prestigious Campus Initiative National Council. She will join a handful of students from across the country chosen to provide leadership for UNICEF's Campus Initiative, a "growing grassroots movement rooted in a belief that college students have a vital role to play in helping the world's children survive." These clubs conduct campus-wide education, advocacy and fundraising activities to benefit UNICEF.
With guidance from career services director Renee Beaupre-White, Laura completed an application and interview process to earn a spot on the national council. Members are selected based on their "level of commitment to UNICEF, history as a student leader, and innovative ideas they bring to the work of the council." The council will meet in person twice per year and participate in monthly conference calls.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist and GMC Farm Manager Kenneth Mulder traveled to Tillers International in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy conference "Multi-Tasking Livestock: Adapted Breeds for Productive Farms." Philip described GMC's efforts in rare breed conservation and education as a panelist for a session on "Engaging Kids in Rare Breed Conservation." Their poster on "Harnessing the Educational Power of Rare Breeds at GMC" won second prize.
Kenneth and Philip are exploring avenues for combining rare breed conservation and draft animal technologies as the College begins its newly-funded "fossil-free agriculture" initiatives. Dick Roosenberg, Executive Director of Tillers International, will be a speaker for the Family Farm Forum and a visiting scholar in November.
Prof. Laird Christensen (English and Environmental Studies) has published a new collection of essays, Teaching North American Environmental Literature, which he co-edited with Mark C. Long of Keene State College and Fred Waage of East Tennessee State University. As the latest in the Modern Language Association’s Options for Teaching series, this volume gathers together essays that provide a fundamental context for teaching interdisciplinary courses in literature and environment, as well as descriptions of a range of such courses from more than twenty leading figures in the field.
Laird’s essay introduces the portion of the book devoted to teaching approaches, describing the enormous growth in variety and sophistication of such courses since they began to appear in the early 1980s. Drawing on the ASLE Collection of Syllabi in Literature and the Environment, which he compiled and edited with Peter Blakemore in 1996, Laird traces the evolution of such courses past a pioneer stage of survey courses and tentative interdisciplinary adventures, observing that contemporary teaching in this field is typically characterized by a resistance to canonization, greater theoretical sophistication, and attempts to engage literature students with their own physical environments.
Prof. Paul Hancock (economics) recently presented a paper titled “A Crease in the Landscape: Colonial Land Tenure and Settlement Patterns on the New York-Vermont Border” to the conference of the British Group in Early American History in Manchester, England.