GMC Joins Slow Food Movement
Green Mountain College has achieved official membership in Slow Food on Campus, the collegiate arm of Slow Food USA. The GMC group has been formed to “expand the community’s understanding and knowledge of its local food shed through taste, touch, and presentation of the gastronomic diversity in our area.” The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The new club is planning several events for the spring, including a food film festival and a food tasting series. Slow Food Green Mountain College is also looking into creating a Vermont heritage garden. For more information or to sign up for the group’s e-mails, contact Lyra Leigh-Nedbor.
Five Greening Fund Projects on Tap
The results are in for the Student Campus Greening Fund vote: All five proposals will receive the full amount requested for a total of $28,988. The money will be used to construct a campus yurt, install additional bike racks, purchase outdoor recycling bins, use bio-diesel in campus maintenance equipment and upgrade the alternative energy systems that power the farm greenhouse. Two hundred and sixty-nine students – far more than in previous years – voted during one week in December. The lead individuals for the proposals -- Lee Robinson, Dustin Bowman, Megan Dupille, Joe Bossen, and Liz Moran -- are expected to implement their projects throughout the spring semester. SCGF is a student-run program designed to help put into action greening initiatives that increase awareness and decrease the school’s ecological impact.
Congratulations to all the funded applicants. Special thanks to SCGF Directors Jane Engelman and Tom Wheeler for their hard work with the fund this semester, and to Christina-Alexa Liakos, Amanda Dunn, and Rob Pudner for their contributions as the Fund Loving Committee. Students interested in future involvement with SCGF should contact any of these students.
Food Drive Helps Poultney Community
The campus community rallied over several days last week to benefit the Poultney Emergency Food Shelf. The “Stuff-A-Bus” food drive contributed 440 pounds of food in advance of the annual holiday “Open Food Shelf” at the Stonebridge. The Staff Council and the Honors Floor initiated the food drive, held from December 11 to 13. GMC students, staff, and faculty have been contributing to the food shelf in many ways recently by volunteering time, helping to raise awareness and partnering on class projects. To find out how you can help out with the food shelf, contact Jesse Pyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 287-9708.
Return Items to Library
All books, DVDs and videos are due back to the library by December 21. The Griswold Library staff also reminds student to pick up personal reserve materials before leaving for the holidays.
Prof. Steve Letendre (management and environmental studies) and a team of researchers from the University of Vermont Transportation Center hosted a seminar in Burlington last week entitled "The Future of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles." The team unveiled the results of research into whether Vermont’s electric system will be able to handle the new hybrids, which are powered in part by electric batteries charged through standard electric outlets. The seminar also included a roundtable discussion with Letendre, Dr. Richard Watts, Dr. Mike Cross and Bruce Bentley from Central Vermont Public Service.