Ben Webb ‘19 of Sheffield, Mass., son of Phyllis Webb ‘81, had his mind set on engineering school but after visiting his mother’s alma mater, his heart was set on a small community whose students are passionate about sustainability.
Ben grew up in a small community known for its sustainable agriculture so he fits right in here at Green Mountain. Last February, Ben had his first visit to Green Mountain’s campus and when he arrived at the Two Editors Inn he immediately felt at home. When asked if his mother had influenced him coming to Green Mountain, he made it very clear that she did not want to be the reason why he chose to be an Eagle.
“My mom lit the match, but I stoked the fire. I just knew this was the right place for me,” he said.
Ben has always been interested in energy conservation, so becoming a REED major with a minor in sustainable business is a perfect fit.
Ben admires his mother’s communications skills and says Phyllis is a “total leader,” and he believes many of her strengths can be attributed to her years here at Green Mountain.
Phyllis and her husband Dale Webb manage a company that manufactures ukuleles called the Magic Fluke. The business focuses on local sourcing of materials and the Webbs are strong advocates for “made in America” products. Phyllis was a featured speaker at the College’s “Make a Difference, Make a Living” conference on April 1.
Ben is following in his mother’s footsteps and is the freshman representative of Student Senate and is working with prof. Steve Letendre (environmental studies) on a variety of research opportunities.
by Rachel Aramburu ’18