Green Mountain College continues to attract nationwide attention as one of the top colleges in the country for environmental programming and operations. Sierra magazine, the official magazine of the Sierra Club, announced that Green Mountain College ranked eighth in the nation in its annual Cool Schools survey. Earlier this month, GMC received a perfect green rating of “99” in the 2015 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 379 Colleges guide released last week. The Princeton Review tallied scores of 861 higher education institutions based on environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings on a scale of 60 to 99. Only 24 colleges nationwide received a perfect score, and this was the third year in a row that GMC has made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll.
Kathryn Miles, writer in residence for the College's MSES and MSFS graduate programs, was a guest on WBUR's "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook. Kathryn was one of four panelists weighing in on the troubled U.S. weather satellite system. The U.S. Government Accountability Office's 2013 Report says potential "gaps in weather satellite data" is a high risk. According to the report, current satellite systems are aging and the replacement plans could leave us without our "eye in the sky." Kathryn is author of the forthcoming book Super Storm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy.
On August 15, Green Mountain College will ban the sale of bottled water on its Poultney campus. Like many campus sustainability initiatives, the ban comes largely as a result of a student-led project. Andrea (Dre) Roebuck ’14 consulted with the College’s sustainability coordinator Aaron Witham about the initiative-Dre’s concerns were economic (bottled water is more expensive than tap water) and environmental (only about 14% of plastic bottles make it into the recycling bin, and producing plastic bottles takes about 1.5 million barrels of oil per year, according to the Earth Policy Institute). Read about it in the Rutland Herald and TruthAtlas.com. For more information, view the College's press release here.
Green Mountain College has begun extensive renovations to The Lodge Facility on Killington Road, a vital learning-living laboratory for students in College’s Killington School of Resort Management. Nearly $400,000 of construction will be completed this summer. This project reflects Green Mountain’s strategic plan by enhancing the building’s functionality and sustainability as well as its aesthetic appeal. The Moore Construction Company of Rutland has for the most part done the actual construction, while students at the Killington School of Resort Management have designed and managed the project. The project was covered in the Mountain Times and the Rutland Herald.
Green Mountain College launched a new online undergraduate degree completion program called “Advanced Start” that conveniently provides flexible, affordable ways in which students may earn a bachelor of science in business. Designed to help busy adults who have completed some undergraduate coursework, the 100% online program allows students to take courses by accordance to their personal or professional responsibilities. Students may earn credits based on past work and training, military or community service, and online or individual study. Read more at vtdigger.org.
Averting the effects of global warming requires imagination, resources, and continued research on how human activity affects our environment. But the affects of climate change, and related economic and social dislocations, are already with us. How do we build strong communities in the face of these challenges? Green Mountain College announced that it will offer the nation’s first online Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities (MRSC). This two-year program, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), begins in February 2015 with a residency featuring climate-change activist Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature. “If we have one need on this planet, it's for resilient and sustainable communities,” said McKibben, “so it's good someone is thinking hard about how the heck to build them!” The College’s announcement was covered by boston.com, CNBC, and Bloomberg Business News.
GMC student Evangeline Earl volunteers with her family’s foundation This Star Won’t Go Out, which provides financial support to families who have a child with cancer. Evangeline writes about the loss of her sister Esther, who died of thyroid cancer four years ago at the age of 16. Esther’s experience shadows that of the main character Hazel Grace Lancaster (played by Shailene Woodley) in the recently released movie “The Fault in our Stars,” based on the best-selling novel by John Green. In fact, Evangeline tells us, Esther was one of Green’s inspirations when writing the book. “Author John Green drew on a bunch of experiences, including his time as a children’s hospital chaplain, when creating the character . . . But he dedicated his book to Esther. And he has said that her empathy, charm and snark helped inspire his work. ‘I could never have written The Fault in Our Stars without knowing Esther,' Green wrote. 'Every word on that book depends on her.'" Read Evangeline’s moving account of her sister’s spirit and courage in the face of a terminal illness, which appeared recently in the Washington Post.
On May 17th, GMC graduated its first cohort of students receiving their master's degrees in sustainable food systems. MSFS presents students interdisciplinary courses prompting deeper engagements with their own local food systems. The program's bioregional approach means that students share research based in their local areas. Graduates came to Poultney from Washington, Canada, Illinois and many other distant places for commencement. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, the longest serving member of the U.S Senate, delivered the commencement address. The story was picked up by several media outlets, such as The Daily Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Chicago Business News and Boston.com.
Following the College’s 177th commencement ceremony, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy formally opened the renovated Bentley Hall. The Queen Anne-Colonial Revival house, built in 1900 and historically known as the C. W. Humphrey House, recently underwent substantive renovations. The college-owned building will serve as a join community center for the town of Poultney and the college. The project recently won a 2014 Preservation Trust of Vermont award for creative repurposing of a historic building. See a WCAX story on the opening ceremony, and listen to a VPR commentary on Preservation Trust projects across the state. A story in vt.digger provides lots of historical details.
Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy was the speaker for Green Mountain College’s 177th commencement ceremony. Green Mountain College awarded diplomas to 52 graduate students and 131 undergraduates, and presented Leahy with an honorary doctor of laws degree. In his address, Sen. Leahy spoke about his international campaign to ban production, export and use of land mines, including his many visits to countries where landmines remain a lethal threat. He told the graduates that students today are equipped with powers of advocacy that previous generations have not possessed, using recent events in Nigeria as an example. “You live in a time that is drastically different from the world your parents inherited. While millions of people suffer from poverty and war, they are no longer invisible. . . the world was shocked into consciousness by millions upon millions of emails worldwide, galvanizing people all over the world.” The event was front page news for the Rutland Herald. The paper also carried an extensive slideshow of the ceremony.
Divestment of fossil financial holdings at academic institutions continues to be debated in higher education. Green Mountain College continues to draw national attention as one of the first schools in the U.S. to divest from fossil fuels. GMC gets a shout out in recent stories covering Stanford University’s recently announcement that it will no longer directly invest in publicly traded companies that mine for coal for energy generation. Read more at Clear Technica and an editorial that appeared recently in the Jewish Daily Forward.
Prof. Meriel Brooks (Biology), director of the Masters of Science Program in Environmental Studies at GMC, was interviewed on the program Viewpoints about the potential of aquaculture as a large-scale industry. A national expert on the ecology of larval fish, Meriel shared her perspectives on how fish farming can be performed with good environmental practices in mind.
Radio station WWZN in Boston interviewed Philip Ackerman-Leist (Sustainable Agriculture) about the College's Farm & Food Project and key themes in his recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed.
Divestment of fossil fuels is a hot topic on college and university campuses today. The Green Mountain College Board of Trustees voted to divest endowment holdings in fossil-fuel industries in 2013, making GMC a leader in "green" investing. The online magazine Grist gives the College a shout out in this story.
Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, delivered the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture on April 15 at GMC. A leading expert in community economics, Shuman is director of Community Portals for Missions Markets, an organization that provides capital support and technology solutions for socially responsible companies. The website Resilience caught up with Shuman, who talks about the urban revitalization he has helped bring about in Burlington, Vt., and mentions the partnership between Poultney and Green Mountain College.
Blogger Ana Lisa Alperovich, writing for Inhabitat, an influential on-line publication covering news about trends in sustainable living, gives kudos to Green Mountain College's OTIS tiny house built by GMC students last semester. Read her column "Incredibly Tiny and Awesome Mobile Homes" here. Tech Investor News also reported this story on April 19.
For the second year in a row, Green Mountain College made the Green Honor Roll in The Guide to 332 Green Colleges published this month by the Princeton review. The Green Honor Roll included just 21 colleges nationwide which received a perfect score of "99." Each year the publication includes sustainable campus living, academic coursework in sustainability and sustainable school policies on its calculations. Read all about it in USA Today and The Energy Collective. An AP story on the achievement was carried widely, including in The Bennington Banner and the Charlotte Observer.
Local businesses packed the gymnasium at Poultney High School this weekend for the Poultney Chamber of Commerce’s annual Spotlight on Business show. José Gálvez Contreras '11, sustainable community development outreach coordinator at Green Mountain College and Poultney Historical Society board member, was at the event representing the historical society. Jose said he has enjoyed seeing local businesses trying to help each other succeed. “It’s a great town and it’s amazing to see local businesses support each other . . . There’s no place in Vermont like Poultney,” Jose was quoted as saying in this Rutland Herald story.
The on-campus group Students for Sensible Drug Policy sponsored a spring symposium at GMC, inviting guest speakers to share their knowledge about the war on drugs in Vermont and the U.S. Among many other presenters, Jenny Vanderbilt, a law enforcement officer and certified alcohol and drug counselor, spoke to the audience about the effects of current drug policy. Nadia Nimberger '14, a senior and the president of SSDP at Green Mountain College, organized and hosted the symposium. Read about the event in the Rutland Herald.
Michael H. Shuman, economist, attorney, and author, will deliver the second annual 2014 John F. and Dianne S. Brennan Lecture on April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Gorge at Green Mountain College. Shuman's lecture, titled "Local Investment: The New Key to Rural Revitalization in Vermont," will look at the growing global movement towards local community investment through such strategies as crowdfunding, targeted CDs, local investment funds, and self-directed IRAs. Shuman will share specific strategies that small towns in Vermont can use to divert investment dollars from Wall Street to Main Street and thereby support the growth of local economies. The topic resonates with Poultney 2020, an ongoing collaboration between the town of Poultney and Green Mountain College. Read about Schuman's appearance at GMC in The Mountain Times.
Kristen Schmitt, a student in GMC's master of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program, has published a story "Greener Pastures: Corporate Skills for Sustainable Jobs." Read the full article here.
GMC student Natalie House wrote a piece for Urban Times titled "How Can We Improve Environmental Education To Create Lasting Change?" She looks at environmental literacy as it applies to authentic community resilience. "My time here (at GMC) has been influential in many ways academically," she writes, "but it is primarily through the narratives of others who are currently – or have been – living among front-line community groups that I have learned about the complexities of current environmental issues." Read the full article here.
Green Mountain College’s 2014 commencement speaker is the longest-serving member of the U.S. Senate, Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. A longtime champion of environmental protection, constitutional rights, human rights and Vermont’s agricultural heritage, Leahy will address GMC graduates at the College’s 177th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. Leahy will also receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC. See coverage in the Rutland Herald and Vermont Business Magazine.
Linda Federico-O'Murchu of NBC News writes about the exciting developments in "tiny house" engineering and includes Green Mountain College's recent OTIS (optimal traveling independent space) as an example. "Designed by students at Green Mountain College in Vermont, has features like a rainwater catchment system, composting toilet and a solar-powered electrical system, and still only costs $8,000-$10,000." Read the entire story here.
Prof. Kevin Bubriski (Fine Arts) is exhibiting some of his photos taken in Syria in 2003 when he was on assignment in Aleppo for the World Monuments Fund and Aramco World. His exhibition "Syria: In Black And White-2003" is on view at the meeting house of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington at 108 School Street through April. The images displayed are of the ancient Aleppo market place (Souk) and its merchants as well as the ancient Christian pilgrimage towns, called the Dead Cities, and ancient Roman cities and towns along the Euphrates River and the desert trade route to Mesopotamia. Many of the places in the photographs have been destroyed in the recent Syrian civil war. To read more, see this story which appeared in the Bennington Banner.
The strawberry and coconut-covered frozen-yogurt bonbons in David Edwards’s new Kendall Square lab, WikiFoods, look familiar and tasty enough, according to this story in the Boston Globe. But these bite-size treats, developed in conjunction with New Hampshire-based Stonyfield Farm, are not just another dessert. They are the first of a new wave of sustainable food products made to replace plastic packaging with natural, edible food skins. “Getting consumers comfortable purchasing foods in nothing more than edible packaging will take both time and attention to product basics,” said Karen Martinsen Fleming, director of the Sustainable MBA program at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., and a former vice president of marketing at Stonyfield who was quoted in the story. “I could easily imagine this kind of product being served in a yogurt bar or some sort of service-based retail establishment,” she said.
After more than 30 years living in metropolitan Detroit, Kristen Schmitt, a student in the master of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program, moved to the Green Mountains in Vermont, and she’s determined to make hunting part of her new life. Schmitt teamed up with Deer & Deer Hunting to chronicle her journey from novice to her first hunt in the brand new blog, "City Roots to Hunting Boots,” which debuts on March 5. The blog will track Schmitt’s progress as she learns everything from how to handle her 2014 Hoyt Ignite Compound Bow to field dressing. Schmitt hopes her own journey will inspire other women to consider hunting as a means of procuring healthy meat.
Photographs of Prof. Kevin Bubriski (Fine Art) appeared in two journals this month. A collection of black and white photos, taken with his cellphone in Morocco last May, appeared in the Tupelo Quarterly. An article “The Casbah of Algiers: Endangered Ark” written by Louis Werner, which appeared in the January/February issue of Saudi Aramco World magazine, is lushly illustrated by Kevin’s photographs.
Brian DeVore, editor of the Land Stewardship Letter, writes in a recent blog that the local food movement sometimes sets itself up for criticism, given the familiar scene at many farmers markets: local vegetables being sold from dozens of gas-guzzling pickup trucks to consumers driving Volvos, Saabs and Hondas. But that phenomenon is misleading when viewed in the context of what Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist refers to as the "local foodshed." DeVore points to Philip's recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems as a well-researched resource that shows how thinking "locally" when it comes to food should not mean taking a parochial view of the world. "The author makes a convincing case for supporting local food because it’s more energy efficient. Hint: we need to stop focusing so narrowly on how the food gets from the farm to the market, and more on the systems approach that gets it from the soil to the farmer’s hands in the first place," DeVore writes. Read the entire blog.
Prof. Jason Schmitt (Communications Studies) recently had two entries accepted in the new (2014) Encyclopedia of Social Media and Politics published by Sage Publications for Global Release. The encyclopedia explores how the rise of social media is altering politics both in the United States and in key moments, movements, and places around the world. Jason also published a column in the Huffington Post Impact blog titled “Diluting Digital Activism.” His piece explores the potential—and pitfalls—of online activism. Read the full post here.
Kristen Schmitt, a student in the College’s master of sustainable food systems (MSFS) program, recently published an article “Deer Farming: The Next Adventure in Agriculture” in Modern Farmer magazine. She discusses the increasing popularity of deer farming, established in the 1970s as a way for farmers to maximize land for profit. “Because deer are adaptable to many different terrains, raising and breeding domesticated deer is a viable way to utilize small tracts of marginal land,” Kristen writes. “There’s also a boom in consumer demand for venison as an alternative to factory-farmed meat . . . but the U.S. currently produces only 20 percent of the venison needed to supply its domestic markets.” Read the full article here.
Prof. Steve Letendre (Environmental Studies) is the lead author of a Department of Energy (DOE) report on electric vehicles titled “Intelligent Vehicle Charging Benefits Assessment Using EV Project Data.” The report was recently released by the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). As part of Steve’s recent sabbatical leave he contracted with PNNL to analyze data from the U.S. DOE’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Project, the largest electric vehicle and charging infrastructure deployment in the nation. The report concludes that the potential economic benefits of an intelligent vehicle-to-grid (V2G) infrastructure are substantial and will only increase as electric vehicles become increasingly popular. The authors call for more aggressive policies to coordinate communication standards that allow electric vehicles to be directly controlled through smart grid systems.
The latest Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) project--nicknamed OTIS (for Optimal Traveling Independent Space)--has received broad attention in recent weeks. The Boston Globe featured OTIS in a recent "Brainiac" column, and design/build blogs have been all over the story including Treehugger, Inhabitat, Gizmag, and Tiny House Living.
Green Mountain College students can now complete a bachelor’s degree and a Juris Doctor degree in six years as opposed to the usual seven, or an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree in four years instead of the usual five, thanks to three new dual-degree programs offered by GMC and Vermont Law School. Academically qualified students may save time and money by matriculating into the J.D., Masters of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP), or Masters of Energy Regulation and Law (MERL) programs at Vermont Law School after their junior year at GMC. “The benefits of the dual degree are both programmatic and financial,” said GMC President Paul Fonteyn. “Dual-degree students can create a seamless transition between undergraduate and law school education. It’s a natural partnership between the preeminent environmental liberal arts college and the top environmental law school in the nation.” Stories on the new program appeared on WCAX-TV, The Rutland Herald and Vermont Business Magazine.
When it comes to living space, how small can you go? Three years ago, Prof. Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class created a custom-made tiny house, a 96-square-foot structure with a sleeping loft “upstairs." This semester, his class went one better, constructing a 70 square-foot “living system” that can be towed on a standard 5 X 8-foot trailer. The pod-shaped tiny house includes indoor plumbing in the form of a composting toilet, a rainwater collection system, and a single 120-watt solar panel, which provides electricity. The class has dubbed the structure OTIS (Optimal Traveling Independent Space). The project garnered front page attention in The Mountain Times.
Green Mountain College unveiled its new Affordability Plan which offering a series of scholarship initiatives that make its tuition rates comparable to those found at public schools in the state. “We want interested students to know they have the option of attending a Vermont private institution with the advantages of small classes and strong student advising, and that opportunity is not out of reach financially.” said Paul Fonteyn, GMC president. A new feature of the plan: any student who graduates from the Community College of Vermont and is accepted as a full-time student at GMC will pay the same tuition as an in-state student at the University of Vermont. The 2013-14 UVM in-state tuition of $13,728 is approximately $17,000 less than the tuition at GMC. “For us, we are all about creating opportunities for our students to go on and get their bachelor’s (degrees),” said Joyce Judy, President of CCV. “Any time we can collaborate with other colleges to improve access to education is a good thing.” The plan was covered in stories by the Rutland Herald WSHM in Springfield, Mass., Vermont Business Magazine and Vermont Digger.
Green Mountain College opened a new solar installation on the south side of campus during a 2 p.m. ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The 156 kW solar array will contribute the equivalent of 7-8% of the College's current energy use to the electricity grid. The initiative was financed through a power purchase agreement with a third-party investor, Green Lantern Capitol, based in Waterbury, Vt. In return, GMC will receive net metering credit from its utility company Green Mountain Power, reducing the College's electricity bill. The installation was completed last month by Positive Energy, based in Granville, N.Y. “This project represents the kind of creative synergy between public and private organizations necessary to reach our community, state and national renewable energy goals,“ said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. Student Senate President and senior Jo Jo Buss and Green Mountain College board of trustee members Bob Charlebois and Bob Allen helped throw the main breaker switch which activated the flow of electricity from the inverter station. The event was covered by The Rutland Herald, PEG-TV and the Lakes Region Free Press.
The campaign to convince colleges and universities to divest from fossil fuels is entering a new phase, according to AP writer Kevin Begos. Several schools have not taken action on removing fossil fuel companies from their investment portfolios, adding new urgency to efforts of student and faculty advocates for divestment. Green Mountain College was cited as one of eight schools in the nation to divest. The article received wide national coverage.
Prof. Sara Mittlefehldt (Natural Resource Management) gave a talk about her recent book Tangled Roots: The Appalachian Trail and American Environmental Politics at the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, Mass. Her book tells the story of the Appalachian Trail's creation. The AT was one of the first in which the National Park Service attempted to create public wilderness space within heavily populated, privately owned lands. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Sara also gave a presentation at the Phoenix Book Store at 7 p.m. in Burlington. Visit here for more on the Burlington event.
Green Mountain College's annual “Do It in the Dark” contest helped students be mindful of their energy use as they lived, worked and studied on campus during the first week of November. “I see this as a fun educational event that creates long-term behavior change,” explained Courtney Heverly '15, events and communications specialist in the College’s Sustainability Office. The competition was friendly but intense, with residence halls competing to see which building could save the most electricity in a week's time. Results of energy use for each of the seven residence halls were posted on GMC’s sustainability office Facebook page and Twitter account daily. Campus-wide electricity reduction for the week was 9.79%, just short of the 10 percent goal. But the savings added up: overall, the college reduced its electricity use by 1,343 kilowatt hours. A full-page story on the event appeared in the Sunday Rutland Herald.
Vermont author Tovar Cerulli, author of The Mindful Carnivore—A Vegetarian’s Hunt for Sustenance, dropped by GMC on November 11 to make a presentation and share a game supper with Prof. Jim Harding’s Hunting: History, Ethics, and Management class. The meal was prepared by Chartwells chef Dave Ondria. Cerulli told the story of his journey from eliminating all animal products in his diet to becoming (improbably) a hunter. Cerulli's book is one of the texts used in the class this semester. His visit was previewed by Rutland Herald columnist Darren Marcy.
MSFS student Kristen Schmitt points out that the number of women hunters in the U.S. surged by 25 percent between 2006 and 2011 in a nationalgeographic.com column. She connects this change to family nutrition decisions which have traditionally been the province of women. "In many parts of the country," Kristen writes, "local meat can be difficult to find. Most of the available meat at U.S. grocery stores comes from one of the large-scale commercial farms, often called factory farms, concentrated in a few regions. Hunting offers an alternative to the grocery store that lets women provide truly free-range and organic meat for their families while also helping create a more sustainable food system." Read the full column here.
Vermont, with its reputation for handcrafted premium cheeses and pure maple syrup, is looking to become a national leader in food systems education. Several Vermont colleges and universities have formed a consortium to share courses in agriculture, nutrition and other topics, allowing students enrolled at one school to take courses, do research or get an internship at another. Green Mountain College's graduate and undergraduate programs in sustainable food systems have seen dramatic growth in the last few years. We see tremendous promise for this new consortium to expand opportunities for students across the state and make Vermont the national leader in food systems education," said GMC Paul Fonteyn at a press conference held at the state house in Montpelier. The story was covered by Vermont Public Radio, the Associated Press and the The Burlington Free Press.
The images of the ship Akademick Shokalskiy held captive in the thick Antarctic icepack caught the attention of people around the world last month. For Prof. John Van Hoesen, it also raised recollections of research expeditions to Antarctica. "The opportunity to explore an extreme and foreboding but fascinating environment such as Antarctica with minimal risk is why many people choose it as a destination, and why so many go back," he writes in an article that appeared in The Conversation. John also wrote an account of his travels in the journal Earth.
Prof. Jason Schmitt (Communications) wrote a widely read column in Slate magazine last week about a recent conundrum: what to do about several large cannabis plants he found growing in a remote section of his recently purchased property. Might they have been grown by a neighbor for medical purposes? Would a simple Google search on his personal computer guide him in making a responsible decision ? Or would it somehow incriminate him in this age of electronic surveillance? "If we were still living in, say, 2005, when digital culture existed to unite people and not to feed corporate dominance, big-data algorithms, and a fire hose to the NSA, I wouldn’t have felt much concern about searching any and all questions . . . But the Internet has become a corporate and government commodity," Jason writes. Read the full post here.
Green Mountain College announced that it was one of 33 institutions nationally, and one of only four in New England, to receive a five-year $2 million grant from the U. S. Department of Education. The award supports the project, “Strategies for Student Success,” which was designed by GMC Dean of Faculty Dr. Tom Mauhs-Pugh. Dean Mauhs-Pugh will serve as project director. “This grant provides the College with an unprecedented opportunity to substantially enhance the educational experience and success of students attending Green Mountain College,” said President Paul Fonteyn. “It’s an exciting time to be at GMC, to have the ability to create a model program for how all students can flourish.” Read more here.
For years, students at Green Mountain College in Poultney have collected food scraps at the dining hall and carted them off to the campus farm for composting. Last year about 3,000 pounds of food waste was processed into new soil. But in any school not all the cooking and eating — and resulting garbage accumulation — happen in the dining hall. Many students prepare meals in their residence hall rooms or hub kitchens and supplement the regular meal plan with takeout food. Students Rob Dunn '16 and Erin Fulmore '13 turned to nature’s expert composters — earthworms. They developed simple vermiculture bins made out of vented plastic buckets, plastic tubing and plastic bottles at a cost of about $8 per unit. Read the story, which appeared in the Rutland Herald, Times Argus and Vermont Today.
Inhabitat, a widely read website on sustainability, cited Green Mountain College for its top-ten Sierra "cool schools" rating. "Green Mountain College may be a tiny college in Poultney, Vermont, but it’s big on sustainability . . . The college was one of the first universities in the US to achieve climate neutrality. It has a $5.8 million biomass plant that burns locally sourced wood chips to heat 85% and power 20% of the campus’ two dozen buildings. Since 2006, the college has sourced 1.2 million kWh per year from cows. Students visit local farms to learn about the bovine methane-generating process and are required to take a 37-credit environmental curriculum."
What’s on the menu at Green Mountain College’s dining hall? Chances are it’s fresh and local! Dave and Cindy Ondria, who administer the GMC dining program for Chartwell’s, are pioneers when it comes to incorporating local food into the menu whenever possible. “In fact, GMC’s own on-campus farm provides eggs and produce,” writes Lauren Williams in this University Business article.
An article reflecting on the oxen controversy last fall by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, who leads the College's Farm & Food Project and directs the nation’s first online Masters in Sustainable Food Systems graduate studies program, appeared in The Pacific Standard. He writes about the ironies of how one of the nation's leading environmental liberal arts institutions became the target of an international animal rights campaign. "Green Mountain College is not only focused on sustainability and the ethics of agriculture and eating, but we are also working hard to help rebuild our local and regional food systems," explains Ackerman-Leist. "We not only work hard to source locally and sustainably produced foods for our dining hall . . . We helped found and support the Rutland Area Farm & Food Link, a regional organization dedicated to filling the gaps in our regional agriculture and food economy. We bring in nationally renowned experts on food and agriculture policy and open their presentations to the public, free of charge. We built a new Community Commercial Kitchen, available to the public for making value-added products at minimal cost—free, if the products go to the charitable food system, non-profits, or public schools."
Sierra magazine has placed Green Mountain College among the top schools in the country for environmental programming and operations. GMC
is ranked sixth in the nation in the magazine's seventh annual "Coolest Schools" list, which recognizes colleges and universities that are creating tangible change in all categories of greenness—from what's served in dining halls to what's taught in lecture halls. GMC was the only Vermont institution to make the top 10 list. "To be among the top ten schools in the country for the third time in four years running shows our commitment to be on the cutting edge of sustainability in our programs and operations," said Paul Fonteyn, President of Green Mountain College. Click here for the press release. To see Sierra's complete listings, visit here.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, author of the recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems, was invited to lend his perspectives to the blog Landscapes for People, Food and Nature. Phillip discusses how “Foodsheds" can be considered analytical tools that unveil not only the systems that underpin food security and access within a given geographical area. "Building resilience into a foodshed requires us to look not just at agricultural production, but also processing infrastructure, distribution mechanisms and ownership, food waste, etc.—in other words, all of the components and interactions that comprise the food system," he writes.
Green Mountain College received a perfect “99” green rating in the 2014 edition of The Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges guide released August 6th. The Princeton Review tallied scores of 832 higher education institutions based on environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings on a scale of 60 to 99. Only 22 colleges nationwide received a perfect score. It was the second year in a row that GMC has made the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll. Inclusion in the prestigious The Best 378 Colleges guide identifies GMC as one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate study. Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. GMC's environmental ranking received wide coverage including in USA Today.
News of the College's new Japanese Zen garden project, which began in late July, garnered a front page story in the Rutland Herald's Saturday, August 3rd issue. Facilities director Glenn LaPlante, GMC professors Steven Fesmire and Heather Keith, and alumnus Joseph Markowski all had a hand in designing the installation which creates a more inviting space near the entrance to Griswold Library. "Students are going to become involved in the future of [the garden]," said prof. Fesmire in the article. "Most gardens are not participatory spaces — we are going to include some rakes as an invitation for participation."
John Van Hoesen, Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at GMC, has received the 2013 Biggs Award for Excellence in Earth Science Teaching. The award, presented annually to one person by the Geological Society of America, recognizes innovative and effective teaching of earth science among early career faculty. "It's a very deserved honor," said dean of faculty Tom Mauhs-Pugh. "John brings a great deal of personal experience and enthusiasm to all of his classes, and actively involves students in his research."
What is a “foodshed” and how can we strengthen our local and regional economies through food and farming? Food Sleuth radio host Melinda Hemmelgarn interviewed GMC Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, (sustainable food systems) to get some answers in this widely distributed PRX radio broadcast.
Vermont can expect to see 132,000 job openings this decade — jobs that will require education and training beyond high school, according to a national report issued by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. "To meet the jobs challenge, technical centers at some Vermont high schools, such as Rutland and Essex, are preparing students for more advanced training, available at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, the University of Vermont in Burlington, Green Mountain College in Poultney and other Vermont institutions," according to this article in the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. By 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in Vermont will require a post-secondary education, which is on par with the rest of the country.
On July 12, Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl shot in the head by Taliban gunmen because of her campaign for girls' rights, took center stage at the United Nations. The occasion was her 16th birthday — "Malala Day" — and the audience was the UN Youth Assembly. An avid listener in the hall that evening was Green Mountain College student Lian Kariuki, who was representing her native country as Kenyan Ambassador for the One Young World program. Lian knows a thing or two about advocacy for the disadvantaged. A Make a Difference Scholar at GMC, she is founder and executive director of Adopted Dreams, a non-profit organization in Kenya that helps underprivileged children. "It was inspiring to see her in person," reported Lian, who was later interviewed by UN Radio in her native Swahili about the importance of education, especially for girls. a London-based charity that gathers together young people from around the world, helping them make lasting connections to create positive change.
On July 1, Interest rate for a federally subsidized Stafford loan — named after the late Sen. Robert Stafford of Vermont — doubled to 6.8 percent. Since then, President Barack Obama, the U.S. House of Representatives and a bipartisan coalition of senators have all offered plans to reduce the interest rate or return it to its pre-July 1 rate. But the College has not received may questions about the increase in interest rates as described in this Times Argus/Rutland Herald story. It may be because the College's Affordability Plan makes it easier for accepted students to receive the aid package they need to finance their education. Ninety percent of GMC students receive some form of institutional aid.
"It’s a rare individual who decides, at age 43, to drop everything he’s doing and go back to school. Roger Book did just that, leaving a retail job in Iowa to attend Green Mountain College in Poultney," says Pamela Polson in her Seven Days review of Book's new exhibit called “Breaking the Ice” showing at the Compass Music and Arts Center in Brandon, Vt. Book's 47-by-47-inch titular painting, from 2008, "is a stark work — a scribble of broad, energetic, black slashes on white — that boldly confronts visitors entering the front door of Compass."
Philip Ackerman-Leist (sustainable food systems) held a webinar hosted by the Post Carbon Institute and Transition US last week. The presentation, which attracted over 400 live viewers, can be seen here. Philip is the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems recently published by Chelsea Green.
Green Mountain College is joining forces with Green Mountain Power and other colleges to promote energy education. Through GMP's Energy Innovation Center, professors and students will gain a deeper understanding of where their energy is coming from. Paul Fonteyn, president of Green Mountain College, said CVPS has been instrumental in helping the college achieve carbon-neutrality in this Barre-Montpelier Times Argus article, which also appeared in the Bennington Banner and the Rutland Herald.
It has been nearly two years since Tropical Storm Irene left a wake of destruction throughout the state, but many Vermonters are still suffering the consequences. Green Mountain College student Binh Bui spent his summer helping people who remain homeless as a result of the storm. He worked as an intern for the Southeastern Vermont Irene Long-Term Recovery Committee (SEVT LTRC) program, housed at the Windham County United Way in Brattleboro. "There are still nearly 50 families in Windham County who are struggling to rebuild their lives," said Binh. Binh and his supervisor have been working this summer to recruit 30-40 volunteers for nine homeowners still needing assistance, ranging from painting to construction. His outreach efforts included this letter appearing in the Brattleboro Reformer.
Green Mountain College recently committed to divest from several major fossil fuel companies. Now, eleven cities and a handful of other colleges are following suit in divestment. The next step for environmental change, according to this article in the Nation, is investing more money in sustainable energy. Read the story here.
Two years after Tropical Storm Irene, Green Mountain College students are planning to focus their energy on bringing relief to the parts of Vermont most affected by the storm. Read about how GMC and other regional colleges are collaborating with community and government organizations this summer to help in the recovery.
The website Degree360 recognized Green Mountain College's adventure education program as a top-ten "program for adventurous college students." GMC, the site says, "knows that the recreation management industry needs capable, well-trained leaders to supervise trips . . . The Bachelor of Science in adventure education program gets a place among the ranks of cool college majors because it teaches interpersonal and educational skills while taking students on week-long canoe expeditions, raft guide training sessions and mountain bike management courses. The adventure industry as well as growing careers like recreational therapy now make it possible to climb rocks for college credit."
Vermont Business Magazine and several other media organizations report on Green Mountain College's $293,500 grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. The grant will develop an innovative first and second year program designed to accelerate progress toward a degree for all students, increase retention, and reduce student indebtedness. "With a highly structured environmental liberal arts general education program and a strong student advising system, GMC is well positioned to develop a model for helping all students complete their degree within four years. For some students, degree completion will take place in less time, three to three and a half years," said GMC provost William Throop. The College already operates a three-year undergraduate degree program in resort and hospitality management at the Killington School of Resort Management.
Construction of Green Mountain College's new 150 kilowatt solar project is getting underway this summer. The solar array will be located near the tennis courts and the Nature Conservancy nursery on the west side of campus, providing energy to the power grid and reducing the College's electricity costs. The project is financed through Green Lantern Capital, a Waterbury, Vt. business specializing in developing solutions for community-scale solar projects. This Rutland Herald story notes that GMC alumnus Khanti Munro '04, vice-president for photovoltaic operations at Positive Energy in Granville, N.Y., is the contractor for the project.
The Manchester Journal reports on the promising future of electric cars in Vermont. Drive Electric Vermont (DEV) had a display at the annual Manchester Antique and Classic Car Show, which included an all-electric vehicle (AEV) which runs entirely by electric energy stored in its battery. Dave Roberts of DEV notes that more charging stations are now online, easing "range anxiety" -- the fear that an electric vehicle will run out of battery power before it reaches its destination, or the nearest charging station. Green Mountain College has installed a charging station, said Roberts, which features solar panels to offset the electricity used to charge the cars. "In the past, Vermont residents spent a total of approximately $1.1 billion a year on gas," said Roberts. "It could have been closer to $275 million if all of those cars were electric."
Five colleges in the United States have agreed to divest from 200 fossil fuel companies identified by 350.org. One of them is Green Mountain College."Green Mountain College does not presume that its independent actions will have a significant effect on the energy economy, but we do believe we have the moral obligation to align our stated values with our actions," said GMC spokesperson Kevin Coburn, quoted in a Peakoil.com and Bloomberg.com blog written by Avery Fellow. "Collectively we may be able to change the way the public thinks about their investments."
Green Mountain College has been an active partner in the "glean team," a volunteer network in Rutland County that distributes excess locally-grown produce to food shelves. A photo of Green Mountain College students at a recent gleaning project at the Old Gates Farm in Castleton appeared as part of Tara Kelly's story in the Sunday Rutland Herald. Kelly is the executive director of the Rutland Area farm and Food Link (RAFFL).
"Students at Green Mountain College don’t just study solar projects, they design and build them," notes CleanEnergyAuthority.com in this story about GMC's Renewable Energy and Ecological Design class that designed and built a solar-powered garage. The project not only taught students practical real-world experience in designing and building, it could make electric car charging more viable in Vermont, where long cold winters and hilly terrain make plug-in cars less efficient.
Recognition for Green Mountain College becoming the fifth campus in the country to announce it will place a screen on investments in fossil fuel companies continues to roll in. Amy Scott of NPR’s Marketplace mentions GMC as one of the higher education leaders in fossil fuel divestment, and the College wins kudos from The Green Energy Times and a blog post in the Nation.
Green Mountain College’s Cerridwen Farm is conducting a long-term experiment foregoing the use of fossil fuels whenever feasible. Farm manager Kenneth Mulder, adjunct assistant professor of environmental studies, spoke about farming with draft animals at his recent “Farming without Fossil Fuels” workshop at the Northeast Organic Farming Association conference. “Mulder made clear that tractors are but one part of the equation. Production of compost made off-farm and production of cover crop seed took more energy resources in his research analysis, he pointed out, than the use of a tractor,” according to this Burlington Free Press article.
5/16/13: The Mountain Times published this photo on the front page of its May 16 issue. Pictured here is graduating senior Meiko Lunetta of Francestown, N.H. singing with the GMC choir during Green Mountain College's commencement Saturday, May 11. Lunetta was one of the student speakers at the event.
Vermont Business Magazine reports that Green Mountain College has received a 2013 Vermont Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The award was presented on May 14 for the College’s biomass plant and the Poultney Woodshed Project, an innovative sourcing program developed by GMC in partnership with the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation. Most of the woodchips that fuel the plant are harvested sustainably within a 50 mile radius of Poultney.
The Green Mountain College board of trustees decision to divest from 200 publicly-traded companies which hold most of the world’s known coal, oil and gas reserves saw wide media coverage including The Rutland Herald, Channel 22 (ABC), Channel 3 (CBS) and Seven Days. Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, whose organization 350.org has urged colleges to purge their investment portfolios in fossil fuel companies, also gave GMC a shout-out. “GMC has long had a great reputation for environmental studies. Now they've demonstrated that it's a core part of their values. What leadership!" he said.
Two recent student projects by the College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) program received coverage in the Sunday Rutland Herald. Laura Huley’s article on Olwen, a solar garage and electric vehicle charging station, gives a glimpse of what the future may look like for transportation in Vermont. (The Olwen project also drew attention from bloggers at Treehugger.com and House Solar Energy). In the same Herald issue, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman writes about the timber framed pizza oven shelter he and REED students build last semester. “The timbers were cut and milled within 15 to 20 miles of the site. The slate roofing came from Taran Brothers Slate Co. in North Poultney,” he writes.
Green Mountain College shook off the threat of rain and awarded diplomas to 24 graduate students and 124 undergraduates during its 176th commencement ceremony Saturday. Ms. Dianne Dillon-Ridgley, a national and international leader in environmental sustainability, corporate responsibility and social justice, addressed the graduates and received an honorary doctor of laws degree from GMC.
Green Mountain College was featured in this widely distributed Reuters story on how college farm and food programs are helping feed hungry locals. GMC has been sponsoring a "Grow A Row" program for several years, generating crops for local food banks. New efforts at Green Mountain include gleaning, or collecting leftover crops, at local farms for food donations.
The Rutland Herald reported on Poultney2020, an all-day conference on the future of development in the town. After months of work, groups made up of college students, faculty, staff, and local residents generated four potential projects: a community art center on Main Street, a localvore restaurant, a park on Main Street and a hub for recreation trails in town. Prof. Matt Mayberry (sustainable business), said “It’s things like this that show how close the community is. If we get these things done, it will be amazing. And Poultney is already an amazing town.” The Poultney 2020 conference was a partnership between the Downtown Poultney Revitalization Committee, the College and members of the community.
Green Mountain College’s new strategic plan Sustainability 2020 includes regional economic development as part of its long-term mission. Prof. Matt Mayberry (business) and several Poultney community members organized Poultney2020, a day-long conference designed to present ideas for Poultney revitalization. Read coverage in The Rutland Herald (subscription required).
For the second year in a row, Green Mountain College received a perfect “99” score in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges. GMC was one of only 21 colleges nationwide to make the guide’s Green Honor Roll. USA Today and many other local and national media outlets picked up this story.
The Yale Daily News reports on Green Mountain College's Shakti Tribal Belly Dance group performing at an event at Yale to raise funds for New Haven’s Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.
The voice of Prof. Philip-Ackerman–Leist (sustainable food systems) was heard on radio stations across the country as he discussed his recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed. On April 1 he taped interviews with Indiana Public Radio (the Earth Eats program), The Frankie Boyer Show (a National Radio Network show taped in Boston), and participated in A Public Affair, a live call-in program airing on WORT in Madison, Wisc. His recent talks also received newspaper coverage in the Charlotte Observer and the Daily Tar Heel (University of North Carolina). Listen to a March 31 interview on WGVU, a public radio station in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Seven Days newspaper writes about the College's unique resort and hospitality major based at the Killington School of Resort Management which trains students for leadership positions in the red-hot recreation industry.
The Rutland Herald and sister-paper The Times Argus report that Maia Hanron-Sanford, director of career services at Green Mountain College, was awarded the annual Carol A. Moore Scholarship by Vermont Women in Higher Education.
As the calendar flips to March, Irish-Americans are 16 days away from their annual celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Welsh-Americans are more than two weeks ahead of them. This article in the New York Post Star cites Green Mountain College's Griswold Library collection as an important cultural resource for Welsh heritage.
"If we, as consumers . . . don't take the personal responsibility for understanding what food sustainability (and underlying sustainable agriculture from which it is derived) really mean, then the label of sustainability is at the mercy of the marketing world, driven predominantly by larger profit margins. Then we will bombarded, yet again, with sustainable cupcakes and sustainable meal replacement bars." So writes GMC graduate student Like Sniewski in a recent Huffington Post blog. Read more of his thoughts on taking personal responsibility for eating sustainably here.
Philip Ackerman-Leist’s new book Rebuilding the Foodshed, recently published by Chelsea Green Press, is already garnering raves. Paulette Goddard, professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University, praises the book in her influential blog Food Politics (she’s using the book in one of her NYU classes). Read the favorable Publisher’s Weekly review foodpolitics.com or publishersweekly.com .
This article on Vermontbiz.com reports on the completion of fiber service at Green Mountain College, provided by Sovernet Fiber Corp and the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA). This will greatly increase internet broadband service in southwestern Vermont.
This article on Vermontbiz.com reports on the launch of the Vermont Summer Academy at GMC. The academy offers challenging, hands-on liberal arts courses for high school students.
This article on Vermont Today describes different activities that members of Green Mountain College took part in during the celebration of MLK day.
As reported in the Rutland Herald , Helene York, director of purchasing strategy for Bon Appétit Management and director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, will be a visiting scholar for Green Mountain College’s M.S. program in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) next month.
This op-ed piece by president of the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges, Susan Stitely on VT Digger describes innovative ways GMC and other private colleges in Vermont are reducing tuition costs.
01/16/13: Times Argus (AP). In light of the oxen controversy at Green Mountain College, staff and students of the College were invited to speak before the Vermont House Agriculture Committee to testify about the need for farms and other small businesses in Vermont to deal with potential online threats from activists. This AP story was picked up by The Boston Globe , The Burlington Free Press , University Business Magazine and The Providence Journal .
VTDigger reports that Timothy Patrick McCarthy,director of the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard's Kennedy School, will be speaking at Green Mountain College on January 24 as the school's 2013 Honors Speaker. The title of his talk is “Human Rights, Human Wrongs: The Long History of Slavery and Abolition,” and focuses on modern slavery and the sex slave trade.
This Rutland Herald story reports on how Green Mountain College is taking the next step to authentic sustainability as it introduces its new eight-year strategic plan, Sustainability 2020.
In Animal Welfare Approved Newsletter, Prof. Steven Fesmire discusses a durable and humane future for animal husbandry.
NewsUSA. Eco-friendly building options are becoming more affordable, and alternative fuels are being put to use. Green Mountain College's biomass plant is cited in this article as an example of how students are working to make the planet more sustainable. This story appeared in NewsUSA and several dozen regional newspapers across the country.
CBS Channel 3, Springfield, Mass. News of Green Mountain College's eight-year master plan, Sustainability 2020, was picked up by this and several other media outlets.
VTDigger Reports on Cow Power Documentary. This film reveals the story behind the GMP Cow Power project, which has mobilized a community of devoted Vermonters and business owners like GMC.
VTDigger Helene York, director of purchasing strategy for Bon Appétit Management and director of the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation, will be a visiting scholar for the College’s M.S. in Sustainable Food Systems (MSFS) program.
Mother Nature Network. GMC is selected as one of the top 10 schools nationally in environmental education.
American Public Media. Dick Gordon speaks with GMC Prof. Philip Ackerman Leist and other contributors with different viewpoints about the Bill and Lou debate and the choices that were made surrounding the oxen on his radio program, "The Story."
In As It Happens, Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist discusses the euthanization of the College's ox Lou in this Canadian Broadcasting Company program.
New York Times. This story discusses the aftermath of the ox Lou's euthanization. The animal's impending slaughter stirred a face-off between sustainable farmers in the state and animal rights advocates.
Boston Globe. The College's injured ox Lou is euthanized.
Boston Globe: Doomed Oxen Are a Lesson in Sustainability. This editorial lauds Green Mountain College for upholding its values of sustainable agriculture in the wake of publicity surrounding the College's decision to process the animals for meat.
USA Today. This story focuses on GMC's decision to slaughter two working oxen, Bill and Lou, and objections from animal activists.
The Boston Globe. This report describes aggressive behavior by activists who are trying to intervene in the College's decision to process its working oxen for meat to be served in the dining hall.
Vtdigger. Read GMC Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist's essay "Bill and Lou Are a Parable for Saving our Broken Food System."
Burlington Free Press. This story outlines the College's plan to process a pair of working oxen Bill and Lou.
New York Times. GMC's decision to follow sustainable farming model stirs up controversies among animal rights activists.
New York Times. Green Mountain College's plan to process its pair of working oxen Bill and Lou for meat is explained in the framework of sustainable agriculture.
NPR. In the face of gathering protest from animal rights extremists, GMC explains its decision to process Bill and Lou, two working oxen, for meat to be served in the College's dining hall.
Green Mountain College Has Morals and Oxen. GMC Prof. Jason Schmitt's article in The Huffington Post supports GMC's decision regarding the College's two oxen Bill and Lou.
Seven Days The Vermont monthly interviews GMC Prof. John Van Hoesen who directs GMC’s new Community Mapping Lab, where community members bring real-world problems to GIS students. Together, they have made maps tracking local issues such as potential milfoil growth in Lake St. Catherine, food deserts in Rutland County and the migration routes of black bears and bobcats.
News USA: Students Use Engineering to Work Toward Sustainable Future. This wire story on students using engineering to work towards a sustainable future cites GMC’s biomass plant as an example of higher education leadership. The story appeared in several papers including the Morgan County Herald and the Cleveland American.
Green UM Colleges Make ‘Cool Schools’ List Green Mountain College along with two other fellow United-Methodist schools made the "Cool Schools" list. Green Mountain College has established a new strategic plan with a “triple bottom line” for environmental, economic and social sustainability.
Green Mountain College was named to Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll in Best 377 Colleges Publication.Green Mountain College was one of only 21 American colleges or universities to score a perfect 99 in the Princeton Review’s annual Green Ratings, which places GMC in the Review’s Green Honor Roll. See coverage in The Boston Globe,Cincinnati Enquirer,Columbus Dispatch,and San Jose Mercury News.
WCAX-TV Channel 3 reports Green Mountain College has turned back the hands of time. GMC uncovered a treasure hidden in plain sight for almost 50 years: A 1920s model clock literally frozen in time. Now, fully restored to its previous glory for all the town to see.
Outside University:The Top 25, Outside magazine recently wrote about what Green Mountain College students have known for a long time: GMC academic and extracurricular outdoor programs really rock. The College’s adventure education major and the GreenMAP helped GMC earn a national top 25 ranking in the magazine’s Outside University feature.
Bangor Daily News featured Green Mountain College's new athletic director. Keith Bosley recently left Husson University, where he was Senior Associate Athletic Director and women’s soccer coach. During his 14 years as the soccer coach, Bosley led the Eagles at Husson to a 163-97-7 record, four North Atlantic Conference championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Food Project reported their recent partnership with Green Mountain College to establish a scholarship for high school youth who have completed a minimum of 100 hours of service in their community. "The Food Project Make a Difference Scholarship" will award $5,000 towards tuition and fees at Green Mountain College for students who have completed at least 50 hours of service at The Food Project and 50 hours of service at another registered non-profit organization.
wvnstv.com mentions Eco-friendly building options are becoming more affordable, and alternative fuels are being put to use. For instance, Green Mountain College operates off a biomass plant that heats the entire campus using green woodchips, a local, renewable and sustainable fuel source.
Boston.com reports Students at Green Mountain College recently ripped up the lawn in front of a farmhouse owned by the school and converted it into a vegetable garden.
Good MBA Guide announces that Green Mountain College is listed among Tier 2 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report (2012), and is also ranked 6th in the nation in the Princeton Review’s “class discussions encouraged” category (The Best 376 Colleges 2012 edition).
The New York Times mentions Green Mountain College's Lawn to Edible Garden Project and quotes Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist on the importance of consuming local food. GMC is one of the few schools in the nation that have a college farm, a more environmentally productive place than lawns.
The Bioregional Imagination, a collection of essays from the University of Georgia Press, edited by Tom Lynch, Cheryll Glotfelty, and Karla Armbruster, featured Prof. Laird Christensen's article entitled “Teaching Bioregional Perception—at a Distance.” Science magazine reviewed the volume and called special attention to Laird's article, referring to it as one of the "most useful of all." Laird wrote the article based on his experience with the “online master of science in environmental studies at Green Mountain College," as noted in the review.
Science and Film quotes Dr. John Van Hoesen, Associate Professor of Geology at Green Mountain College, in an article about the science behind the movie Indiana Jones.
Rutland Herald mentions the participation of Green Mountain College students and alumni in the Poultney Earth Fair.
ABC News in Baltimore mentions Green Mountain College's biomass facilities. GMC gets about half of its monthly electricity (100,000 kWh) from the utility’s biogas energy program.
The New York Times featured a photo by student Ian Barnum '13, in the quarterly "Education Life" supplement. His photo was one of nine pictures selected for a feature titled "My College Experience." "As an art major studying environmental design, I enjoy finding scenes while walking outdoors, where it's less crowded. This scene reminded me of my learning experience in this small community, where it's very peaceful and quiet," Ian comments.
Times Argus mentions Green Mountain College cow power project. GMC gets about half of its monthly electricity (100,000 kWh) from the utility’s biogas energy program.
Cape Cod mentions Green Mountain College Choir performance with the group We Are The Men in Cape Cod, Mass.
Renewable Energy World mentions Green Mountain College as a user of cow power. GMC gets about half of its monthly electricity (100,000 kWh) from the utility’s biogas energy program.
EE News talks about the growing sustainability movement on U.S. college campuses, and mentions Green Mountain College as one of the top-rated schools accompanied by American University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Colorado State University, and Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
Recycling Today talks about Green Mountain College's plans to join the Casella Waste Systems’ Power of Three closed loop recycling initiative.
Environmental Leader talks about Green Mountain College's plans to buy back its own recyclables under closed coop system.
Casella talks about Green Mountain College's partnership with Casella Waste Systems Inc. on recycling program.
CleanTechnica talks about Green Mountain College's new major that focuses on Eco-Design and renewable energy.
The Sacramento Bee talks about Green Mountain College's Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) certificate program.
EcoSeed talks about the College's new Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) certificate program.
The Western Star, a Canadian newspaper, talks about Green Mountain Adventure Program and its plans for Spring Break.
The Chronicle Review talks about Green Mountain College's focus on hands-on experience.
The Dedham Transcript mentions Green Mountain College support for the Stone Valley Community Market.
The Huffington Post cited former GMC president Thomas Benson in this proposal to establish a Nobel Environment Prize.
A Rutland Herald story discusses the environmental design and build course at GMC, which is part of the Renewable Energy and Eco-Design certificate program.
U.S. News University mentions Green Mountain College master's program.
Chicago Tribune cites Green Mountain College among college's offering a four-year degree guarantee. It is one example of how GMC is making college affordable for families.
Burlington Free Press reviews how Green Mountain College has supported the Stone Valley Community Market.
Scientific American blog mentions Green Mountain College economist Steve Letendre's role in vehicle-to-grid technology, which allows networks of electric vehicles (EVs) to function like a giant battery with an intelligent software interface feeding power from car to grid or grid to car on an as-needed basis.
Glens Falls Post Star discusses a Green Mountain College choir concert to benefit the local Slate Valley Museum which was badly damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.
Voice of America talks about the whitewater rafting classes at Green Mountain College.
EcoSeed cites Green Mountain as example of "greening" of higher education.
The travel time between Green Mountain College's main campus in Poultney, Vt., and its satellite location at Killington Mountain is normally about 45 minutes. But Hurricane Irene made the trip just a little more inconvenient, says the Boston Globe.
Read about the College's contributions to a new coop in downtown Poultney as reported by Scott Carlson of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
"Perennial favorite Green Mountain College, which was No. 1 last year, is No. 2 this year," noted GreenBiz.com. GMC's second place finish in Sierra magazine's annual "Coolest School" rankings received widespread coverage including the Los Angeles Times, SustainableBusiness.com, The Sacramento Bee, and dozens of other online and print publications.
Meet scholar and bellydancer Susanne Claxton, adjunct at Green Mountain, in the pages of the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Second Nature presents its Second Annual Climate Leadership Award to Green Mountain College.
Vermont Public Radio features Green Mountain College's Farm and Food Project.
The College's mobile flash freeze unit is touring the state of Vermont in the summer of 2011. Learn more through coverage of WCAX-TV and the Brattleboro Reformer.
U.S. News Online and Newsday features MBA Sample Course
Green Mountain College is to host a series of free webinars for online master's degree and distance learning MBA program seekers. Read the story.
The GMC Farm & Food project has been awarded $100,000 from Jane's Trust to research the market potential for flash-frozen products. Read the story.
President Paul Fonteyn announced at GMC's 174th commencement ceremony that the 700-student Vermont liberal arts school has achieved climate neutrality. Read the story.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin addressed the 2011 senior class at GMC's 174th commencement. Read the story.
GMC Woodshed Project on VPR GMC hosts series of round table discussions on how to reduce the school's carbon footprint and boost the local economy. Read the story.
Prof. Paul Hancock was featured on PEG-TV’s “Access” news magazine in late January for his work with the Tiny Theatre on Main Street in downtown Poultney. To hear this story on PEG-TV, visit their website, click on '”Access” News Magazine,’ and select episode 19 from January 27. Paul is featured at 7:08.
Hear Prof. Sarah Mittlefehldt on Vermont Public Radio talking about local sourcing of fuel for the College's biomass plant. Hear the story.
Hear Prof. Jen Baker explain how she uses the film The Goonies to help students understand the rules of academic writing. Hear the story.
The tiny house built by students in Prof. Lucas Brown’s sustainable design & build class was featured in the Green Blog section of the Boston Globe. Read the story.
Hear Prof. Frank Pauze, director of the College's Resort Management Program, discuss diversification and marketing strategies Vermont ski areas are using to attract customers. More...
GMC is featured in a story highlighting how some colleges are raising their national profile. Read the story.
The Nashua Telegraph mentions GMC in a story about an admissions fair for prospective students at held at Nashua High School South.
GMC is mentioned in a story about the phenomenal growth of Quidditch on college campuses across the country.
GMC’s M.B.A. program ranked as one of the top online MBA programs in sustainable management. Link here.
Stories on the show also appeared in the Bennington Banner, the Lakes Region Free Press and the North Adams Transcript (Mass.).
GMC’s sustainability initiatives are highlighted in this article about sustainability on liberal arts institutions across the nation. Read the story.
WCAX-TV Channel 3 and The Rutland Herald covered the College's launch of its Zipcar program.
Prof. Steven Letendre's piece "The Grid Parity Fallacy" applies economic theory to solar energy technologies to explain why it is justified to pay more for power from solar than from local utilities. Read the story.
Vermont Public Radio reporter Nina Keck visits the GMC campus for a tour of Cerridwen Farm and to learn more about GMC's recent ranking as #1 on Sierra Magazine's Cool Schools list. Listen to the story.
In early September, GMC student Asadullah Sohail broke the Ramadan fast with over 50 GMC students, faculty and staff. The event was sponsored by the InterCultural Center.
Chronicle of Higher Ed reporter Scott Carlson discusses the complexities of GMC's Cerridwen Farm in an August 25, 2010 blog post. He talks with several students about the raising of animals for meat. Read the story titled "Is Meat Murder? For these Students, the Question is Personal."
The New York Times listed Green Mountain College as the Nation's Greenest School.
Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, is featured in a blog post from Chronicle of Higher Ed reporter Scott Carlson. Carlson discusses the book and Ackerman-Leist's reading at Solar Fest in Tinmouth, Vt. Read the blog post.
The L.A. Times gives Up Tunket Road: The Education of a Modern Homesteader, by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist, a glowing review in the July 18, 2010 edition of the newspaper. Writer Susan Salter Reynolds says the book "takes us through the choices the author and his wife made about their lifestyle: how to create light, how to bathe, how to eat." Read the review titled "Going Off the Grid: What it Means, What it Takes and Why."
GMC's dean of enrollment management discusses the environmental mission as a selling point for prospective students in an article in USA Today. Read the story titled "More Colleges Using Green as a Selling Tool."
Prof. Steve Letendre (management & environmental studies) discusses the future of plug-in hybrids in an article in the Burlington Free Press. Letendre has researched and hosted presentations about the cars' effect on the electric power grid.
An article in the Christian Science Monitor about how summer camp is a vanishing tradition quotes Prof. Thayer Raines (recreation & outdoor studies) discussing the benefits for children. "There's art, there's drama, there's creativity...all removed from the achievement-centered, peer-critiquing setting of school." Read the article, titled "Summer Camp: Sunset for an American Tradition?"
Khanti Munro '04, a photovoltaic online coordinator and instructor for Solar Energy International, discusses his job in a blog posting for Green Job Spider. Khanti graduated from GMC with a self-designed degree in renewable energy applications. Read the interview.
The sports section of the Rutland Herald included an article about the unveiling of GMC's new sports logo. The GMC Eagle looks "fiercer" to reflect the GMC teams' "competitiveness."
India Burnett Farmer '03 is featured in a story in Vermont Life Magazine about her job as co-founder and director of Rutland Area Farm & Food Link (RAFFL). Click here to read the story titled "Food is Hip."
Class of 2010 commencement speaker Carol M. Browner, White House Director of the Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, is highlighted in a story about GMC's commencement ceremony.
Rutland Business Journal featured a story about GMC's new sustainable agriculture and food production major, to be launched in the fall of 2010. Read the story published May 11, 2010.
Biocycle, a magazine devoted to advancing composting, organics recycling and renewable energy features a story from MSES graduate Dan Sullivan. He talks about Green Mountain College's new $5.8 million biomass plant and its official opening on Earth Day. Read the story titled "Campus Biomass Facility Goes Online."
Launch of the College's biomass facility on Earth Day received coverage in The Burlington Free Press, Newsday, WCAX-TV, and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. Two AP briefs on the project appeared in dozens of news outlets including the Boston Globe: "College to Inaugurate Biomass Generator", Boston Globe"At 40, Earth Day Gets Personal", "Vermonters Mark Earth Day", WCAX Television" Green Mountain College Installs Biomass Plant"
GMC alumni Maggie Burke '07, program coordinator for Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, was invited to the White House to meet President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Colleen Teevin, GMC's local food link coordinator, published a story in Barre-Montpelier's Times Argus about the Grow a Row Program.
GMC's new biomass plant and alumni Brett Dugan - one of the students who lobbied for the facility - were featured in a story in the April 14 edition of the Rutland Herald.
On March 10, 2010, BBC Radio aired a story about the GMC Choir's six concert tour of Wales. Three students and choir director Prof. James Cassarino (music) were interviewed. Listen to the story titled "Green Mountain College Choir Traces Welsh Roots."
An exhibit from Prof. Karen Swyler (art) is featured in an article in the March 9, 2010 edition of the Denver Daily News. It discusses her work on display at the Plinth Gallery in Denver. Read the article titled "A Ceramic Relationship."
An entry in the blog Treehugger gives a thumbs up to GMC's new sustainable agriculture and food production major. "The classroom, if you'd like to call it that, will consist of a 22-acre working sustainable farm with a classroom and offices situated inside the farm's solar harvest center," says author Sara Novak. Read the entry from February 22, 2010.
A story in the Boston Globe quotes student Adam Dembowski talking about The Stash, Killington's all-natural terrain park. Read the story in the February 18, 2010 issue.
A story in the January 31, 2010 issue of the Rutland Herald features Prof. John Van Hoesen's Fulbright grant to Chile. The story is titled "Mummy mystery: GMC geology professor to dig into Chilean burial methods.
Students in Europe, a website devoted to study abroad opportunities, discusses GMC's international block course at Brunnenburg Castle in Dorf Tirol, Italy in a post on January 31, 2010. The story talks about the program's focus on cultural immersion and hands-on learning. Read the story.
A story titled "Green Mountain College: A Clean, Green Farming Machine" on the website citytowninfo.com highlights GMC programs such as the REED Certificate and the ecological design course. Citytowninfo.com features "comparative information about local U.S. communities, careers, and colleges." Read the article posted January 29, 2010.
Provost Bill Throop was one of six education professionals to be featured in a discussion about sustainability in higher education in the December 2009 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The group talks about "why some professors are keeping sustainability out of their classrooms and how to bring all, or at least more, hands on deck." Read the story in the December issue of the journal.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies) served as a guest on the Vermont Public Radio news show Vermont Edition. He talked about modern homesteading with host Steve Zind and guest Rebecca Kneale Gould, Associate Professor of Religion at Middlebury College. Listen to the show.
The December 14, 2009 issue of Vermont Business Magazine features a photo and story about the College's planned biomass facility. Read the article.
GMC student Dusan Vuksanovic '10 discusses his experience coming to GMC from Serbia in a Voice of America interview December 7.
Prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy) served as a guest on the Vermont Public Radio show Vermont Edition November 18. He spoke with host Jane Lindholm and guest Joanne Bourbeau from the Humane Society on the topic of animal cruelty. Listen to the call-in show.
The Rutland Herald publishes the first story in a series from GMC student Ruth Larkin. As part of her final project for the capstone course A Delicate Balance, Ruth and her family are giving up their car for a semester.
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about three-year degree programs features GMC's Resort and Hospitality Management Program as an example of a well-established success story. Read the article in the November 10 issue.
The October 2009 issue of Sustainability: The Journal of Record includes a major feature article on GMC’s focus on the environmental liberal arts. The journal "meets the needs of the rapidly growing community of professionals in academia, industry, policy, and government who have the responsibility and commitment to advancing one of the major imperatives of this young century." Read the article.
Asadhullah "Asad" Sohail discusses his journey from Afghanistan to Green Mountain College in a Rutland Herald story titled "A Leader for My People."
In a Voice of America interview, GMC student and Make A Difference Scholar Wai Phyo Myint '11 discusses her experience since arriving in Vermont from her home country of Burma.
GMC President Paul Fonteyn, Provost Bill Throop, sustainability coordinator Amber Garrard and communications director Kevin Coburn collaborated on an article titled "Green Mountain's Climb to Climate Neutrality" published in the Climate Neutral Campus Report. Read the article.
Green Mountain College’s sustainability initiatives are featured in an issue of the journal Nature. Read the story, published online Sept. 9, 2009.
GMC's REED program (Renewable Energy and Ecodesign Certificate Program) is featured in Kaplan's Guide on Newsweek.com. Read the story.
Green Inc., a New York Times blog, discusses biomass technology and the plans for a facility at GMC. Read the blog entry.
The July 22, 2009 edition of the New York Times quotes Prof. Steve Letendre (management & environmental studies) in a story about vehicle-to-grid technology. Read the story by Annie Jia of ClimateWire.
GMC's new 12 credit summer farm intensive is featured in an Associated Press story by Lisa Rathke. Read the AP story.
The Green Blog, published by The Boston Globe, features an article on GMC's summer farm intensive. Read the blog.
The National Wildlife Federation profiles GMC's Cerridwen Farm in an article about sustainable farming programs. The story appeared in the February 24, 2009 issue of ClimateEdu News, an online publication. Read the story.
News of the College's Student Campus Greening Fund is distributed by Reuters news service.
A story in the January 9, 2009 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education featured a story about the final exam for GMC's draft animals course.
Students in GMC's draft animals course are featured in a story aired on National Public Radio's "Day to Day." Listen to the NPR story.
A December 18, 2008 entry in sustainablog featured GMC's Farm and Food Project. It includes interviews with Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), GMC's Farm & Food Project Director, and Kenneth Mulder, farm manager and research associate.
GMC's Cow Power program is featured in an article on campus greening initiatives in Continental Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Continental Airlines. Read the magazine article.
Prof. Dick Weis (art), then GMC's Director of International Programs, discusses how international students celebrate Thanksgiving at GMC in a Voice of America radio story. Listen to the VOA story.
Dean of Enrollment Management Sandy Bartholomew is quoted in a U.S. News and World Report article about winning scholarships in a bad economy. Read the article.
Vermont Public Radio airs a story about the GMC African American Culture Club's efforts to memorialize Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who settled in Poultney more than two centuries ago. Listen to the interview with Prof. John Nassivera from Vermont Public Radio's regional newscast.
The Associated Press publishes a story about the GMC African American Culture Club's efforts to memorialize Jeffrey Brace, an African-born slave who settled in Poultney more than two centuries ago. Read the story in USA Today.
Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), GMC's Farm & Food Project Director, talks about local food initiatives at GMC in a story about dining halls and sustainability in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the story.
The Cool School issue of Sierra Magazine features GMC and the EcoLeague colleges. Read the story.
EarthFirst, a blog featuring environmental news, includes an entry on GMC's green student orientation. Read the blog entry.
Oxen-Powered Haying A story in the August 17, 2008 edition of the Rutland Herald featured GMC's plan to convert to fossil fuel-free haying. It was written by GMC student and farm crew member Ryan Dixon.
An Associated Press story features Prof. Mark Dailey (anthropology) discussing cultural change in Bhutan. Read the AP story.
Alumni Brunonia Barry, author of the New York Times bestseller The Lace Reader, is interviewed on National Public Radio. Listen to the NPR interview.
Grist, a magazine devoted to environmental news, includes GMC in their list of the top 15 green colleges nationwide. Read the story.
Smart & Sustainable, a story in the June 2007 issue of University Business quotes Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), GMC's Farm & Food Project Director, discussing local purchasing in the college dining hall.
Prof. Steven Letendre (management and environmental studies) co-authored an op-ed column that appears in the February 12, 2007 issue of the Christian Science Monitor. Read the full text of the article.
An Associated Press story features GMC's Cow Power program. Read the story in the Boston Globe.
A story in the September 21, 2006 edition of the Rutland Herald profiled a project to bring more local food to the College's dining hall.