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GMC's First Television Station
By Trang Cao
Founded in October, 2012, The Stream is Green Mountain College's first TV Channel, run by a group of GMC students who share the same interest in media. After two months of operation, The Stream was able to produce their first show "60Sec", a series of reports on different events on campus. Two episodes of "60Sec" have been released.

Trang Cao '15, founder of The Stream says "I love media and I am fascinated by the power of media in forming human awareness. I know there are students like me on campus but we are still in need of opportunities to have hands-on experience with different media. So I came up with the idea of a TV channel, got together a bunch of people who are interested and we just do it. We try to create something that is both academically relevant for us to do and beneficial for the community, and it is also fun."

The mission of The Stream is to break the invisible wall between different groups and people on campus and bring them together in a common field where friendships are built based on the sharing of love, work and mutual understanding. The channel has six active members: Trang Cao '15, Robert Holloway '15, Kimberly Barrett '14, Hang Trinh '16, Jason Birch '15 and Linh Le '16.

Recently, the channel made an agreement with PegTV in Rutland to provide regular professional training for members. Ideally, The Stream will provide opportunities to blend amateur media with reporting excellence.

For information, collaborating offer or work opportunities, please contact

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Our Vision: Sustainability 2020
Green Mountain College’s new eight-year master plan Sustainability 2020 embodies GMC’s educational vision for the future while reflecting on the College’s commitment to bend the curve of progress toward more adaptable and enduring models of social, ecological and economic practices. It commits the College to an ambitious milestone: meeting all of our energy needs with 100% renewable energy by the year 2020.

In 2010–’11, a committee of trustees and staff developed a long-range vision for the College. The following year, a fifteen member strategic plan working group and six sub-committees transformed the vision into a detailed plan. In the spring of 2012, the Green Mountain College Board of Trustees, the Faculty Council, the Student Senate and the Staff Assembly approved the Sustainability 2020 eight-year strategic plan.

Sustainability has been defined as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

To achieve authentic sustainability, the College aims to move beyond “limited negative impacts” and begin to give more than we take—to restore our “account balance”—in three areas: natural capital, social capital, and financial capital.

To explore the College’s strategic plan in detail, visit GMC’s Sustainability 2020 website.


Faculty Service Grants Program
Green Mountain College will be unveiling a faculty service learning grants program for the Spring 2013 semester with a special focus on service learning-linked opportunities related to the College’s Sustainability 2020 strategic plan. Additional information will be sent electronically to GMC faculty members in the near future. Please direct any questions you may have in the meantime to Jacob Park

Food, Energy & the Environment Film Series
Films will be shown every Tuesday through December at the Tiny Theatre on Main St. as part of the Food, Energy, and the Environment film series.

There is a $2 suggested donation for those who are not yet members of the Tiny Theatre.

This Tuesday, December 18 at 7 p.m., the Tiny Theatre will be showing If A Tree Falls.

Learn more about If A Tree Falls here.

Winter Parking Ban
A friendly reminder from the village of Poultney to all auto owners: the winter parking ban is now in effect. To insure snow removal crews can clear the roads properly, the village traffic ordinances prohibit parking a vehicle unattended within the right-of-way of any street or highway in Poultney or in a public parking lot from November 1 to April 1 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. (The Right-of -Way includes the traveled portion of the highway and the area between the curb up to and including the sidewalk or 25 feet from the centerline of those highways without a curb or sidewalk). Cars violating this ordinance may be towed—vehicle owners are responsible for towing and costs.


  • Graduate student Jessica LaFortune will be traveling Europe for a full year in 2013 in a project she calls “The Journey of Fully Living” in which she hopes to discover a lifestyle approach that can bring people lifelong happiness without the traditional comforts most consider necessary for achieving happiness. She will also be focusing on how this simplification is fundamental in achieving lasting contentment in life. As she backpacks across Europe, Jessica will be photographing and documenting her time while continuing her MSES studies and thesis work. Her experiences will be compiled into a photo-essay book of her trip that will be published on her return. You can follow her experiences at

  • Prof. Nate Furman (adventure education) recently published a chapter entitled "Adventure Programs and Learning Transfer: An Uneasy Alliance" in the book Controversial Issues in Adventure Education. With co-author Jim Sibthorp from the University of Utah, Furman argues that learning transfer is a problematic educational outcome and a challenging construct to empirically measure. As such, programs who wish to foster transfer in their participants might do better to abandon the transfer ideal and, instead, focus on proximal educational outcomes - or, as an alternative, consider other ways to measure long-term efficacy, such as transformational learning or catalystic turning points. The text is edited by Bruce Martin of the University of Ohio and Mark Wagstaff of Radford University and is available through Human Kinetics publishers.

  • Bruce Saxman (director of adventure programming) recently had a photograph accepted for the 2013 Northeast Paddlers whitewater calendar. The November photo features Lock Haven University professor Steve Guthrie canoeing the “The Slide” on the Poultney River just north of Fair Haven. The picture can be seen here.
GMC's First Television Station
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Film Showing:
If A Tree Falls

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Tiny Theatre

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