Annie Baker ’20, a native of Fayetteville, NC, was drawn to Green Mountain College because of its accepting environment, good environmental studies opportunities, and focus on sustainability.
An environmental studies major with a concentration in justice and advocacy, Annie plans is on an educational path to graduate early and join the Peace Corps and find the right place for her skills.
Annie enjoys working in the Sustainability Office, where she assists in generating reports that go back to organizations, such as AASHE stars and keeps the College aware of its different sustainability variables. She also participated in Green Move Out & In this past fall. She has also worked on bringing a New England plant-based cheese company to campus to sample and learn about the business and she is looking forward to to working on a waste audit this semester with her Sustainability Office co-workers. “I try to learn about sustainability and implement it everywhere in my life from environmental to social and (sometimes) economic areas,” shares Annie.
Annie is also involved in many campus life activities. She runs on the GMC Eagles Cross-Country team, serves on Student Senate, and is a member of the Activism and Forestry Club. She has also attended the 350 Vermont conference and regularly attends Poultney 2020 meetings. She recently participated in Thanks and Giving (one of her favorite GMC traditions) and enjoys helping others whenever possible. Annie noted, “Your time here is what you make of it. Get involved and work together with what’s around you to make changes and get inspired. You can learn a lot from experience and still have a great time.”
When not in class, Annie loves to take walks or bikes rides in the natural areas on campus and around Poultney. She also enjoys creating art when she has the time.
She believes that GMC is the #1 Sierra Magazine Cool School because “The students have the ability to facilitate almost whatever they want. We learn to do it by ourselves for ourselves and the betterment of the school/community/world. I have learned and developed so much through my experiences at GMC and the people I have met here, and I am very grateful for it.”