Politics of the Appalachian Trail
From GMC Journal
Week of April 2
A little known fact about prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt (NRM, environmental studies) is that she hiked the entire 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail as part of her Ph.D. dissertation exploring the social and environmental history of the trail.
Along the way, she met with local residents, volunteers, non-profit partners, and government officials, using data to assess changes in the interplay of power and authority between different groups in the effort to protect and develop this natural resource.
Her book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics will be released by the University of Washington Press this fall 2013. Meanwhile, the trailer for the book is posted on their YouTube page, and can be viewed below.
Prof. Thayer Raines Presents Workshops
From the GMC Journal
Week of March 12, 2012
Prof. Dr. Thayer Raines (youth development & camp management) presented two workshops at the Wilderness Education Association’s International Conference on Outdoor Leadership in Estes Park, Colorado on February 20 and 21. He presented on the topics of “Shared Reflection: A Dozen Ways to Debrief the Experience” and “What Every Trip Leader Should Know: Six Essentials for Conflict Resolution”.
Mittlefehldt on VPR
From the GMC Journal
Week of January 31, 2011
Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt was featured in a Vermont Public Radio story last week about local sourcing of fuel for the College's biomass plant.
Mittlefehldt provided some background for a recent $73,658 grant the College received from the Rutland Regional Planning Commission (including funds from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program), the High Meadows Fund, the Riverledge Foundation and the Luce Foundation. Partnering with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation (HBRF), the new initiative, called the Poultney Woodshed Project, will study the feasibility of using locally produced fuel for GMC's biomass plant. The project is aimed at maintaining the ecological sustainability of local forests, boosting the local economy, and creating a template other colleges or communities could use.
Listen to the story here.