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August 17, 2012
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Mitchell Thomashow to Make Public Address at Green Mountain College Convocation

POULTNEY--Green Mountain College announces that Mitchell Thomashow, director of The Second Nature Presidential Fellows program, will be the keynote speaker for the College's 2012 Convocation on Thursday, August 30, at 4 p.m. in Ackley Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomashow is one of the nation’s leading thinkers in how to integrate principles of sustainability into higher education. The Second Nature Presidential Fellows program brings together recently retired college and university presidents to work directly with leaders representing schools that have signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).

Before joining Second Nature, Thomashow was president of Unity College in Unity, Maine, from 2006-2011. With his management team, he integrated concepts of ecology, sustainability, natural history, wellness, participatory governance, and community service into all aspects of college and community life. This included construction of The Unity House, the first LEED Platinum President's Residence in North America, and the TeraHaus, a passive house student residence. Before his appointment at Unity College, Thomashow was chair of the environmental studies department at Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire where he developed six masters degree programs and a Ph.D. program.

Thomashow serves on the boards of the Coalition on Environmental and Jewish Life (COEJL), Orion Magazine and the Maine Campus Compact. He is a founding member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), a national organization that supports interdisciplinary environmental studies in higher education.

He is the author of two influential books, Ecological Identity: Becoming a Reflective Environmentalist and Bringing the Biosphere Home. He is currently in the final stages of writing The Nine Elements of a Sustainable Campus, which will be published in 2013.

“Mitch has devoted his life and work to promoting ecological awareness, sustainable living, and organizational excellence in higher education,” said Green Mountain College President Paul Fonteyn. “His vision for higher education resonates deeply with our mission at GMC to prepare students to address environmental challenges with courage, creativity and skill.”

Green Mountain College is a four-year co-educational liberal arts college with academic programs that focus on environmental sustainability and social justice.

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