Author of An Unreasonable Woman to Visit GMC
Two speakers come to campus this week as part of GMC’s fall “Voices for Sustainability” lecture series.
Today, at 2:30 p.m. in Ackley Auditorium, Diane Wilson delivers a talk titled “The Courage to Advocate.” Her first book, An Unreasonable Woman, chronicles her battle against multi-billion dollar corporations that were covering up spills, silencing workers, flouting regulations and dumping toxic waste into the bays near her Texas Gulf Coast hometown.
An Unreasonable Woman was required summer reading for incoming GMC first-year students, all of whom will be enrolled in the College’s Images of Nature course. This program is co-sponsored by Chelsea Green, publishers of books on sustainable living.
“Sustainable Business Challenges for Effective Organizations and Careers” is the title of a talk from Victor Morrison, president of the American Flatbread Company based in Waitsfield, VT. Morrison is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainable business practices who has over 20 years of experience working in finance, administration, and business development. He is visiting scholar for the MBA program residency.
The presentation will be on Friday, September 19, at 3:30 p.m. in The Gorge.
Greentree Gazette Features
Interview with GMC Provost
Provost Bill Throop discusses how Green Mountain College weaves sustainability into the curriculum in an interview in the September edition of The Greentree Gazette.
The article, titled "The Leap from Carbon Footprint to College Curriculum," includes interviews with four higher education experts who are at the forefront of a "paradigm shift" away from "traditional information-heavy curricula" to one that highlights the "interconnectivity of environmental, economic and social issues." Throop discusses the College's ELA curriculum and the faculty's commitment to "interdisciplinary project-based programs."
Farm to Host State's New Mobile Quick Freeze Unit
A new mobile processing unit hailed as a benefit to local farmers is coming to Green Mountain College this week.
“The mobile quick freeze unit is the first to be used in the Unites States to bring processing capabilities right to the farm,” said Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee in a press release. “This is a significant step in helping to give farmers additional processing options as well as making more local foods available to buyers.”
The quick freeze system can handle large volumes of any product in need of freezing, particularly produce that doesn’t require blanching or other pre-cooking.
The Rutland Area Farm and Food Link (RAFFL), in partnership with Green Mountain College, invite area producers to come see how the unit works and to try it out using their own product. A demonstration of the unit will be held Wednesday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Cerridwen Farm. The unit will be available for use by area farmers from Tuesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 21.
Click here to view an information sheet on the mobile quick freeze unit.
Faculty to Open Exhibit at Feick Art Center
Sculpture, painting and photography take center stage when the Green Mountain College Faculty Art Exhibit opens at the Feick Art Center September 22.
An artist reception will be held Thursday, September 25, from 4 – 6 p.m. Karen Swyler, Jonathan Taylor, Richard Weinstein and Dick Weis, all faculty members at Green Mountain College, will be exhibiting pieces in the show. The show runs through October 18.
College to Host Community Energy Forum
Can the future energy needs of the town of Poultney be met through new wind, solar, or biomass projects? Can comparable energy savings be achieved through home weatherization projects? Might a combination of renewable energy and conservation measures be part of Poultney’s energy future?
These are among the questions to be explored in the Poultney Community Energy Forum at Green Mountain College on Thursday, September 25. The event will take place in the East Room of Withey Hall from 7-9 p.m.
The goal of the forum is to generate interest among Poultney community members to form an energy committee.
The Poultney Community Energy Forum is a joint effort between the College, the Town of Poultney, the Poultney Chamber of Commerce, and other community organizations. The event will feature two Vermont experts on community energy projects: Greg Pahl, author of The Citizen-Powered Energy Handbook: Community Solutions to a Global Energy Crisis; and Debra Sachs, director of the Burlington Alliance for Climate Action.
Author & Artist to Visit Green Mountain College
Clare Walker Leslie, an artist and author nationally renowned for her work teaching nature journaling, will present "The Artist's Perception of Nature Throughout Art History" on Thursday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gorge. Leslie, the author of eight books, was the 2004 winner of the John Burroughs Award for Nature Literature for Young Readers.
Her presentation is sponsored by the GMC English Department, the ELA program and the GMC Speakers Bureau.
This fall semester, Laura Restrepo, an intern for Prof. Paul Hancock (economics), will be working with the Center for Sustainable Community Development to nurture the start of a new bakery in Poultney. The center will provide web design, office space, budgetary advice and partial financing. Other business students will participate in the incubation and promotion of this new small business on Main Street.
Gill Whiting, a senior at Green Mountain College, was one of the 10 artists selected to participate in this year's Sculpture Fest at the Vermont Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. The exhibition opened Saturday, September 13 and will continue through the fall. Maps are available on the door of the Carving Studio and visitors can wander through the site at their leisure to view the many site-specific works.
This fall, Prof. Jennifer Baker (fine arts) will be teaching a five-week course titled “Anatomy for Artists” at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland. Jennifer is an artist-in-residence at CSSC while on sabbatical for the fall semester of the 2008-09 academic year. Her sabbatical proposal outlines the benefits of a partnership between GMC and the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center – site of one of the “main quarries of marble for public works in America.”
Prof. Paul Hancock (economics) presented a paper July 10 titled “Globalization and the Street Children of Tegucigalpa: How U.S. Trade Policies and Multi-National Corporate Penetration devastated the Honduran Economy” at the International
Working/Poverty Class Academics Conference at the University of Minnesota.
This presentation was in conjunction with a documentary that was shot and is being edited by Paul’s research assistant, GMC student José Tulio-Galvéz Contreras. José spent the end of May and most of June filming on the streets and in the institutions of Tegucigalpa.
Jose and Paul will be making joint presentations at a faculty colloquium, to church groups and at academic conferences over the next year. They also hope to submit the film to GritTV and other documentary outlets.
Prof. Sue Sutheimer (chemistry) attended in June a week-long workshop on green chemistry at the University of Oregon in Eugene. People from all over the country who are interested in adding green chemistry to their college curricula attended the workshop.
In July she attended the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education where she was a co-leader (with Joan Essen from Otterbein U. and Dominic Casadonte of Texas Tech University) for a workshop on service-learning in chemistry. She also organized and led a symposium on service-learning in chemistry, and gave two talks: "Service-Learning and Sustainability," and "Interdisciplinary Labs at an Environmental Liberal Arts College."