Before graduating from Green Mountain College in May, Student Senate President Antoine Lucic of Brussels, Belgium, presented the College with a gift: a comprehensive Fair Trade Resolution he authored with the help of fellow students, faculty and administrators.
The resolution commits the College to Fair Trade practices including making Fair Trade certified coffee, tea, chocolate and other products available in dining facilities and in the College’s student-run Coffee House. It was approved by the College’s sustainability committee and adopted by the cabinet on May 10, making GMC an official Fair Trade college.
In a video he produced to introduce the resolution, Antoine explains that Fair Trade is a worldwide grassroots movement mobilizing conscious consumers to buy products that have a low environmental impact and produced by workers who are fairly compensated for their labor.
Ryan Ihrke, GMC’s sustainability director who helped Antoine develop the resolution, notes that the concept of Fair Trade is consistent with the College’s commitment to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
“Many policies and initiatives on campus originate with students. The ban on the sale of bottled water on campus came from a student, Andrea Roebuck. The College’s biomass facility, which heats our campus buildings with locally harvested woodchips, has is origins in a GMC honors class. The Fair Trade Resolution is another step in expressing our commitment to buy products that respect people and the planet.”
Antoine completed the projects as part of his Delicate Balance project.
All GMC graduates complete the Delicate Balance capstone which combines their academic area of focus with civic engagement. Antoine is preparing for graduate school in the fall.