The 11th annual Poultney Earth Fair will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 2pm–5pm at Poultney High School. Clubs, classes, groups and individuals are invited to host booths with information about how to create a more sustainable world.
Green Mountain College President Robert (Bob) Allen, today announced that Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, will deliver the commencement address during the college’s 2018 commencement ceremony which will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m.
Mr. Ali, who is renowned as a national speaker, trainer, and facilitator specializing in Social Justice issues focused on revitalizing our most vulnerable communities, will address members of the Class of 2018 and their families, Green Mountain College Trustees, alumni, faculty and staff.
Mr. Ali worked for 24 years to advance environmental justice as Assistant Associate Administrator for Environmental Justice and Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice and Community Revitalization at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He has worked tirelessly to alleviate the impact of air, water, and industrial pollution on poverty-stricken towns and neighborhoods. Throughout his career Ali has worked with over 500 domestic and international communities to improve people’s lives by addressing environmental, health, and economic justice issues.
Mr. Ali currently serves as Senior Vice President of Climate, Environmental Justice & Community Revitalization for the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change. Mr. Ali leads the strategic direction, expansion, and operation of the organization’s portfolio on Climate, Environmental Justice, and Community Revitalization.
Mr. Ali elevated environmental justice issues and worked across federal agencies to strengthen environmental justice policies, programs and initiatives. At the EPA, Mustafa led the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice (EJIWG), which was comprised of 17 federal agencies and White House offices focused on implementing holistic strategies to address the issues facing vulnerable communities. He joined the EPA as a student and became a founding member of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ). He helped found the environmental justice office, then the environmental equity office, in 1992. In 2012, Mr. Ali launched the EPA’s Environmental Justice in Action Blog, which reached over 100,000 followers. This blog highlighted innovative actions to address environmental justice, sustainability and climate change issues. In 2010, Mr. Ali also served as the Environmental Justice Lead for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In 2004, he was selected as the EPA’s National Enforcement Training Institutes “Trainer of the Year” for his efforts in training over 4,000 across the country in “The Fundamentals of Environmental Justice.”
Throughout his career, Mr. Ali has conducted over 1,000 presentations across the country, including speeches, guest lecturers, and trainings. He has been a Guest Lecturer at Yale University, George Washington University, Georgetown University, Spelman College, Albany Law School and Howard University School of Law. He is a former instructor at West Virginia University and Stanford University in Washington, and the former co-host of the “Spirit in Action” radio show which focused on social justice issues.
“We are honored to welcome Mr. Mustafa Santiago Ali to our campus as our 2018 commencement speaker,” said Green Mountain College President Robert (Bob) Allen. “His life’s work serves as inspiration to our graduating students who will be heading out into the world, seeking to build a socially, economically, and ecologically resilient society while striving to secure environmental, health, and social justice.”
Students from the Master of Science in Sustainable Food Systems Program are presenting their Capstone Project/Thesis online starting April 17, 2018. All are welcome to join and learn about the great research that is taking place in the graduate program. Below is the webinar schedule and access details.
4/17/2018 at 9:30am EDT
Sustainable Food Systems Track: Undergraduate Course Development for Lehigh University by Cynthia James
The modern industrial food system that evolved to serve the growing global population with an emphasis on corporate profitability over human and environmental health has left consequential economic, environmental and social impacts. There is an increased need to analyze and address the negative effects and develop long-term solutions that will nurture communities and regenerate natural resources through the food system. The majority of the current population of farmers is aging, and the younger generation of farming families frequently chooses a different career path. College courses are a perfect opportunity to introduce students to the practical skills and knowledge needed to actively improve the food system related to the three pillars of sustainability. This project examines and compares the successes of existing undergraduate programs in sustainable food systems and uses them as a model to design a suite of undergraduate courses in this field for Lehigh University. The courses combine guiding ideologies and practical training through a variety of teaching styles including traditional classroom training, a hands-on agricultural laboratory, and integrated community interaction. They are intended to be not only an educational tool, but also a vehicle to positively affect local food systems both on the University campus and throughout the surrounding community. Students will gain analytical skills as well as hands-on implementation experience in sustainable food systems that they can utilize to secure a future career in the field or start their own project following graduation.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=md4cba6e71c8e1cb032c9c14c21932747 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 732 873 797
4/17/2018 at 12:00pm EDT
Cultivating Abundance for the Modern Agrarian – A Guide for New and Beginning Farmers in New York State by Ashley Pierce
New and beginning farmers are in short supply in the United States, with the average age of farmers ever increasing. This project focuses on educating those interested in beginning in agriculture, with a focus on increasing the health of their finances, the environment, and society. Working to address the lack of beginning farmers in my bioregion, the handbook equips those just beginning to learn, as well as start up operations with tools and ideas for consideration, enabling them to make informed decisions, provides connections, networks, and resources that are essential for growth and development. The handbook also identifies opportunities in education, financing, networking and marketing, increase agricultural producer knowledge, while including best practices, serves to educate and encourage decisions to be based on a holistic management decision framework, and prepares new and beginning farmers for future opportunities and challenges. The handbook includes a discussion of various methods and recommendations specific to the needs of beginning farmers, while promoting production methods that encourage sustainability and environmental stewardship. By partnering with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, this handbook will be available online via a PDF file.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=md9333111688fa236296b9d507cd8e02d and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 733 983 161
4/18/2018 at 8:15am EDT
All the Buzz: A Guide to Support Bees in the Northeastern United States as a Component of Sustainable Food Systems by Christina L. Folmar
Bees are the lifeblood of our food system, and it is imperative that we acknowledge their importance in the ecosystem service of pollination. Habitat loss and decreasing bee-appropriate plant diversity are two of the most pressing issues that native pollinators face as their numbers continue to decline. To help homeowners understand the implications of increasing bee-appropriate plant diversity in their yards, I have developed an assessment and guidebook for homeowners. The assessment portion of the guidebook provides a way for homeowners to document how well their properties facilitate habitats for local bee populations and leaves room for homeowners to develop plans to improve biodiversity for bees. My guidebook explains why bees are important in the food system, what flowers homeowners can choose for local bee populations in the Northeastern United States, and defines sustainable beekeeping.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=mc7bc9a03bd9bd52fcaaf36e388deac60 and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 737 591 103
4/20/2018 at 4:00pm EDT
Empty Cartons, Broken Dairies: The Unsustainability of Vermont’s Iconic Milk Industry and Its Hidden Reliance on Undocumented, Abused Labor by Jeannine A. Guttman
Dairy and Vermont are synonymous. For more than a century, dairy farming shaped Vermont’s economy, ecology, values, and culture. Thousands of hardworking family operations gave rise to its modern, multi-billion-dollar industry. Dairying is arduous, labor-intensive work, with thin profit margins. Today, to keep operations afloat financially, more and more dairy owners employ undocumented migrant workers, mostly from México, to dampen expenses and control costs. The official position of Vermont, facing a severe labor shortage, was to “look the other way.” When dairy farmers in Vermont, known for its liberalism and progressive ideals, and its government openly flout federal immigration laws, the desperation of the state’s dairy industry becomes clear. The tragic 2009 workplace death of a young migrant dairy worker from Chiapas, México, sparked the birth of Migrant Justice of Vermont, which now advocates for workers’ constitutional protections, food sovereignty, and a reformed federal agricultural visa program. The migrant workers, who live in isolation on dairy farms and in fear of detection and deportation, are viewed as “illegals” by federal law enforcement. Vermont’s reliance on undocumented workers is unsustainable and counter to its groundbreaking statewide sustainability goals, outlined in the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan. Vermont provides a unique window into the world of undocumented workers, desperate farmers, and largely ignorant consumers. This capstone examines undocumented migrant worker exploitation; the history of using Mexicans as temporary farm labor; the free trade impact; the racialized food system, and how Vermont food justice advocates can respond to the Trump Administration’s anti-immigrant policies.
To join this webinar by computer: Visit https://greenmtn.webex.com/greenmtn/j.php?MTID=mc33967d44d9f32a8561b3571cf16d96f and enter password: 12345
To join this webinar by phone: Dial +1-415-655-0002 US Toll and enter meeting number (access code): 738 530 708
The Green Mountain College and Community Concert Band will perform a free spring concert in Ackley Hall on Friday, April 20 at 7:00 pm. The performance will include works by Aurelio Bonelli, George Butterworth and Elliot Del Borgo. Directed by James Cassarino, the band includes students, faculty and community members.
Green Mountain College (GMC) has been recognized as the top Baccalaureate performer by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). GMC’s 2018 STARS score of 81.82 is the highest score any baccalaureate institution has achieved. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in higher education.
In addition to the top baccalaureate score, AASHE awarded Green Mountain College the first ever perfect score for sustainability-based curriculum, GMC also attained perfect scores in the areas of Sustainability Research and Air and Climate Operations. Green Mountain College’s full STARS report is publicly available here.
“Green Mountain College is proud of this recognition. For over twenty years, Green Mountain College has consistently provided leadership in advancing sustainability. Our mission to prepare students to create a just and sustainable society informs everything we do,” said Robert Allen, Green Mountain College President. “Our general education curriculum, the “sustainable liberal arts for transformative education,” requires all undergraduate students to demonstrate a complex understanding of sustainability and their role in effecting positive change in the world.”
Recognition by AASHE follows several other recent accolades GMC has received for social, environmental and economic sustainability. In August the College ranked among the nation’s top ten “Cool Schools” by Sierra magazine, the national magazine of the Sierra Club. Also in August, GMC was recognized for the fourth year in a row as a member of the Green Honor Roll.
“This report confirms that GMC continues to serve as a model for campus sustainability while equipping the next generation of students with the skills they need to lead and succeed in a world that is being transformed by climate change and social justice,” said Green Mountain College Sustainability Director Ryan Ihrke.
With more than 800 participants in 30 countries, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in five overall areas: 1) academics 2) engagement, 3) operations, 4) planning and administration, and 5) innovation and leadership.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Meghan Fay Zahniser. “Green Mountain College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Gold Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”
Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education, and the criteria that determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.
Help preserve theYellow Trout Lily in Vermont! Participate in GMC’s Annual Garlic Mustard Pull during Earth Week! Tuesday April 17th, and Thursday April 19th 2018.
Garlic Mustard is a highly invasive biennial, introduced from Europe, and is a concern because it displaces native flora in woody areas and moist forests such as our own Poultney River riparian forests.
We encourage everyone to participate in this event as this does a great service to the GMC Natural Area. Everyone is welcome! Teachers bring your classes and students bring your friends! Follow the surveying flags to the Natural Area and look for the Jolly Roger Pirate Flag! After all, X marks the spot.
9 am–1 pm, Tuesday, April 17
9 am–1 pm, Thursday, April 19
If you want to participate or would like to learn more, contact Cody Ferlow (email@example.com) or Jim Graves (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All interested students are invited to join Prof. Christopher Brooks to visit our partner institution Vermont Law School (VLS) on Wednesday, April 18th. Students will tour the VLS campus, visit with Green Mountain College alums who are current students at VLS, sit in on a class session, and meet briefly with the President and Dean of VLS. Lunch will be provided. It’s always a fun trip, and provides a great opportunity to meet new people and consider graduate school opportunities!
We will depart promptly from the Ames front circle on Wednesday, April 18th at 8am and will return to campus in the late afternoon, no later than 5pm. Please email Prof. Brooks (email@example.com) if you would like to attend.
“Creation Garden” reception is Friday, April 15, 2018 from 5–7pm at the Feick Art Gallery at Green Mountain College.
Patricia Hall’s show will be open April 14th thru April 23rd.
Gender issues are at the forefront of global attention today, and it’s time for GMC to join the conversation. In the wake of the #metoo movement, attention to LGBTQ rights, and an increase of historically marginalized voices being heard, it is clear that we are witnesses to a cultural shift related to gender.
This 12-week Fall Session block course is a student and faculty collaboration; a collection of courses with the shared vision of finding empowerment through understanding what it means to live in a world in which gender is seen as an integral part of personal identity. We will dive deep into the ways in which gender may shape our own sense of self, and use that understanding to both define and discover radical personal empowerment. We will examine current power dynamics in leadership and relationships, how perceptions of gender roles influence the way we communicate, and the ways in which gender is socially constructed. Students completing this block course will earn 9 credits towards the Women and Gender Studies minor.
About Block Courses
Each class in this block course is an extension of an overarching common theme, an avenue to understanding a central topic from several different perspectives and disciplines. A block course is an innovative approach to learning that requires students to take all of the classes in the block together. This creates a cohesive classroom environment and allows for frequent trips off campus. Students will have the opportunity to travel around the New England area to meet with community members leading the way to gender equity. Students will be free to engage in projects that align with their own interests throughout the semester, and will work together to create a tangible final project that has a lasting impact on our community.
ST: Gender, Power and Justice
EDU 3001 02/WST 3015 01, 4 credits taught by Teresa Coker
Meeting Days/Times: MWF 9:30–10:30am, F 12:45–2:15pm
This four credit interdisciplinary course will study gender as a central aspect of human existence, providing the equivalent of a three credit course examining gender through an academic lens while also creating a community for inquiry about the impacts of gender practices on social, cultural, and political thought and behavior. Some topic include: gender and power structures; gender and leadership; feminism; masculinity; intersectionality; international gender issues; gender violence; and sexism. In addition there is embedded the equivalent of a one credit practicum to practice educating, advocating and working for social justice.
ST: Deconstructing Gender: Natural Kinds and Social Construction
PHI 3000 01/WST 3015 03, 3 credits taught by Susan Parrillo
Meeting Days/Times: MWF 10:45–11:45am
What are the differences between sex and gender? Do “natural kinds” exist with respect to gender? Or is gender merely a social construct? In this course, we will explore normative gender roles and expressions, how they are learned and instilled in our sense of identity, and in what ways they are thus perpetuated. By expanding our understanding of the interplay of sex and gender as a social construct, we open the door to authentic self-discovery, identity expression, and empowerment.
ST: Communication in Leadership, Relationship, and Intimacy
PSY 3015 02/WST 3015 04, 1 credit taught by Jennifer Sellers
W 12:45-2:45pm (9/26–10/31)
It is commonly held that men and women are inherently different, and therefore are ‘wired’ to communicate differently. But is this really true? Are “men” and “women” inherently different? And if so, where do these differences come from? In this class we will explore the roles that stereotypes and gender roles play in communication strategies and perceptions across a variety of domains such as sexual encounters, work settings and public life. A significant portion of the class will be focused on finding ways we can work towards finding solutions to problems associated with these socially prescribed differences in communication.
ST: Exploring Sacred Feminine and Masculine
REL 3000 02, 1 credit co-taught by Shirley Oskamp and Gary Lindorff
W 12:45–2:45 (11/7–12/19)
This course examines the presence of the sacred masculine and feminine both in cultures and within individuals. There is much that lies beyond the physical when we speak of feminine and masculine characteristics and qualities, and yet we rarely take time to explore these depths. This course aims to dive beneath the surface using story, metaphor, archetype and dreams to help us develop a deeper understanding of who we are and how we function within the masculine/feminine framework.
Green Mountain College cordially invites you to attend its fourth annual FREE career conference entitled “Making a Difference & Making a Living” on Friday, April 13th, 2018 in Poultney, VT.
At the heart of this gathering is the essential question that many people ask: How do you find a career in which you can make a positive difference in the world AND make a comfortable living?
We have gathered together experts in the fields of ecological, social and economic sustainability to provide insight into the personal journey they have taken toward engaging in satisfying and meaningful work.
FEATURED EVENTS INCLUDE:
- 10-12am: Mock Interviews with Alumni – Practice the essential art of interviewing
- 11am-1pm: LinkedIn Photoshoot – Update your profile picture with a professional headshot
- 3-5pm: TEDx-style Talks – Be inspired by our exceptional speakers!
- 5-6pm: Networking Reception – Celebrate the Green Mountain College community with a complimentary beverage and delicious hors d’oeuvres
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information about our inspiring slate of speakers, please email serena.eddy[at]greenmtn.edu.
We hope you can join us!