Carol Browner to Deliver GMC's Class of 2010 Commencement Address

POULTNEY, VT—Carol M. Browner, President Barack Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, will deliver the commencement address at Green Mountain College’s 173rd graduation ceremony on May 15 at 10 a.m. on the Griswold Library lawn. She will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Also receiving an honorary degree at commencement will be artist Mel Chin.

“Carol Browner has been a stalwart champion for environmental protection and public health for over 30 years,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “Now she’s in the forefront of policymaking at the highest levels. She’s a great role model for our students and our graduating seniors are really looking forward to her address.”

Throughout her career, Carol Browner has been guided by the philosophy that the environment and the economy go hand in hand, supporting tough standards to protect the environment in ways that promote innovation and American competitiveness.

Born in Miami in 1955, she spent much of her youth hiking in Florida's Everglades, an experience that helped her develop an appreciation of the natural world. After earning her BA and law degrees from the University of Florida at Gainesville, Browner went to work for Citizen Action, a grassroots organization that advocates for environmental causes. She served as Senator Al Gore's senior legislative aide from 1989 to 1991 before heading up the Department of Environmental Regulation in Florida.

Browner was appointed director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and served until 2001—it is the longest tenure of any EPA head. In 1996 Browner led the campaign to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act, and spearheaded the Food Quality Protection Act which modernized standards governing use of pesticides. It was one of the first environmental laws to specifically protect children's health. In her current role in the Obama administration, Browner helps coordinate energy and climate policy for the White House.

Mel Chin is a classically trained artist who has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988 and 1990. His artwork often combines elements of botany and ecology, and his creations are motivated largely by political, cultural, and social concerns. In his piece “Revival Field,” Chin worked with scientists to create sculpted gardens of plants that draw heavy metals from some of the most polluted areas in the world. The piece was featured in Art: 21–Art in the Twenty-First Century, the acclaimed PBS television series on contemporary visual art. He will be presented with an honorary doctorate of arts degree.

Green Mountain College is a four year liberal arts college that takes the environment as a unifying theme for undergraduates in 22 major programs of study.


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WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, MARCH 1
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

African Dance
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Traditional Belly Dance
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

We Party Sober!
8 - 10 p.m., Gorge Atrium

Kayak Pool Session
8:30 - 10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

TUESDAY, MARCH 2
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

American Sign Language
6 p.m., Withey Lobby

Film Screening: Cuba: The Accidental Revolution
6:30 p.m., East Room

Battle of the Bands
8 p.m., The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Workshop: InspireData
10 - 11 a.m., PC Lab, Griswold Library

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Women's Yoga
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

Yoga
1 - 2:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Workshop: Job Search Strategies Workshop
3 - 4 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, MARCH 4
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Workshop: Excel
10 - 11 a.m., PC Lab, Griswold Library

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Artist Reception: Elizabeth Billings & Michael Sacca
4 - 6 p.m., Feick Fine Arts Center

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, MARCH 5
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

SPRING BREAK BEGINS AFTER EVENING CLASSES



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