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Friday, September 12, 2008
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Vermont Sustainability Leaders Develop New Speaker Series

POULTNEY--Two Vermont organizations with deep roots in the sustainable living movement have joined forces to create the new Green Mountain College-Chelsea Green Speaker Series.

“The challenge of becoming a sustainable society will dominate our next century,” said GMC Provost Dr. William Throop. “Our organizations share more than a name—we also feel a strong sense of responsibility to share our passion and knowledge about green building, organic growing, and renewable energy with students and the wider community.”

Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., and Chelsea Green Publishing Company, with editorial offices in White River Jct., Vt., developed the collaboration, which will bring two Chelsea Green authors to GMC each year. Diane Wilson, the first speaker in the series, is scheduled to appear Monday, September 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the College’s newly refurbished Ackley Auditorium. Wilson’s address is titled “The Courage to Advocate.” The event is free and open to the public.

Wilson’s first book An Unreasonable Woman was required reading for incoming GMC students. It describes her battle against multi-billion dollar corporations that were covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting regulations and dumping toxic waste into the bays near her Texas Gulf Coast hometown.

For more than 20 years, Chelsea Green has been the publishing leader for books on the politics and practice of sustainable living. The publisher is a founding member of the Green Press Initiative and has been printing books on recycled paper since 1985.

“We lead the industry both in terms of content—foundational books on renewable energy, green building, organic agriculture, eco-cuisine, and ethical business—and in terms of environmental practice,” said Margo Baldwin, Chelsea Green president.

Now celebrating its 175 anniversary, Green Mountain College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution that takes the environment as a unifying theme across the curriculum. The college offers 20 undergraduate majors and two master’s degree programs to its 850 students.


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