Research shows that most small and medium enterprises have not yet embraced sustainability, despite the proven benefits. What are the barriers keeping businesses from sustainable success? Prof. Karen Fleming Heidelmeier (business) leads an interactive session tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, at the Energy Innovation Center in Rutland (68-70 Merchants Row). Karen will share her research on practical and proven strategies for sustainable business success – at any size. The free public event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will last approximately an hour. Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact
Senior philosophy major Maxx Hockenberry will defend his thesis on Thursday May 5, at 1 p.m. in Terrace 121. His thesis is titled “Political Correctness or Polarization? A Comprehensive Analysis of the Climate Surrounding P.C. Culture and an Exposition of the Cultural, Political, and Ethical Tensions Therein.”
Five Green Mountain College students presented at the Northeast Natural History Conference (NENHC) April 22-24. Biology majors Benjamin Smith ’16, Isaya Chirachaturaphak ‘17 and Brianna Alimonti ’17 presented a group research poster titled “Developing protocols for Species Specific Quantitative analysis of CPV exposure in post mortem sampling of Martes pennanti (Fisher).” Natural resource management major Nate Laymon ‘16 presented a talk on his research over the past three years titled “Disease in a Mesocarnivore Population: Modeling Disease Transmission in Vermont Fisher (Martes pennanti) Populations using a Circuit-Based Model,” and Brian Haggarty Perrault ’16 (biology) co-presented with prof. Natalie Coe (biology) “Analyzing the effect of DBH on rate of progression of Beech Bark Disease in Fagus grandifolia.” The conference is sponsored by Eagle Hill Institute “Promoting the study and stewardship of the natural environment in the northeastern US and eastern Canada.” For additional information visit the conference website.
On April 22-23, six GMC students and faculty members attended the New York State Political Science Association’s 70th annual conference at the State University of New York at New Paltz. Prof. Sam Edwards (environmental studies and animal conservation and care) presented his paper, “The Right to Privacy is Dying: Technology is enabling the government to kill it and we are letting it happen.” Jude Chisom Erondu ’16, presented his paper, “Climate Change and Conflicts in Nigeria.” Christina Guarin ’18 presented on “United States Presence in Cuba: Impact on the Environment and Wildlife.” Prof. Vance Jackson (psychology) and Joshua Drummond ’17 co-presented “Reconciliation vs. Resolution: A New Model of Alternative Dispute Resolution.” This paper was also co-authored by Sam Edwards and prof. Jennifer Sellers (psychology). William Morse ’17 also presented on “Colonialism & Ecological Sacrifice Zones in Central Appalachia.”
Green Mountain College and SUNY Plattsburg are co-hosting a one-day climate change conference on June 17, 2016 at the SUNY Plattsburgh at Queensbury Branch Campus. The conference will feature a range of speakers, regional action planning and good music. Professors Steve Letendre (environmental studies) and Bill Throop (philosophy and environmental studies) will be among the speakers. Check out the full line up and other conference information here. The organizing body, North Country Climate Reality, aims to facilitate regional climate solutions through annual conferences, working groups, educational outreach and networking. Please join us on June 17, 2016 for a day of inspiring presentations, productive working sessions, and powerful music that brings us together to help our communities become more resilient and sustainable. Register for the conference here.