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GMC Block Course Wins Governor’s Award

POULTNEY, VT (April 7, 2008) - Green Mountain College’s 2006 block course, titled “Food, Agriculture, and Community Development in the Northeast,” has received the Vermont Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence and Pollution Prevention.

The College will be recognized at an awards ceremony in the House Chamber of the State House in Montpelier on Monday, April 21, at 3 p.m. The award will be presented by George Crombie, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, and Governor Jim Douglas. A reception is to follow the ceremony.

A letter announcing the award, signed by Crombie, praises GMC for its initiative:

“Thank you for your efforts to protect and enhance the quality of Vermont’s environment,” the letter states. “Your award-winning project stands out as a model that should inspire all Vermonters to find innovative approaches to conserve natural resources, safeguard human and environmental health, and prevent pollution before it is generated.”

The nine-credit course, offered by Prof. Philip Ackerman-Leist (environmental studies), Prof. Jacob Park (business & public policy), and Prof. Eleanor Tison (cultural anthropology), explored how food choices affect the community. The class visited roughly one dozen area farms and hosted several national food and agricultural experts as guest speakers. As a final project, the class created sustainable purchasing guidelines for Withey Dining Hall.


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