GMC Publishes Climate Action Plan
A new “Eco Reps” class to research and communicate sustainability best practices. Interactive data streaming to monitor electricity use. A climate neutral campus fleet. These are all goals incorporated into GMC’s Climate Action Plan, recently filed with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
As part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, signed by GMC in 2007, the College was required to create the plan to achieve carbon neutrality. It includes short, medium and long-term goals achievable by 2011, 2020 and 2050. GMC’s sustainability office, the Campus Sustainability Council and students in ten academic courses developed the plan with input from the campus community.
“The process of creating the Green Mountain College Climate Action Plan has provided a strong focus for the College’s sustainability efforts,” the conclusion to the plan reads. “As the plan is implemented, it will drive creativity, inspire solutions to difficult social and environmental problems, and provide a model for communities working toward sustainable futures.”
GMC to Partner With Vermont Genetics Network
Green Mountain College is one of eight colleges in Vermont to join the Vermont Genetics Network (VGN), an organization that provides funding for research, equipment and technology necessary to enhance competitiveness for national funding for genetics research. Other aims of the project include increasing the number of undergraduates who go on to biomedical careers from the baccalaureate colleges, to provide and support bioinformatics capability in the state, and to increase the diversity of biomedical scientists.
Baccalaureate Partner Institutions (BPIs) include GMC, Castleton, Johnson and Lyndon State Colleges, Middlebury College, Norwich University and Saint Michael's College. The VGN is funded by a five-year, $16.5 million award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and is part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) initiative called IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).
Club Activism Addresses the
War on Terrorism
On September 25, members of Club Activism installed four different colors of flags on the lawn in front of Withey Hall. Each flag, colored red, black, white, and blue, represented the deaths of 130 people due to the United States military occupancy in Iraq and Afghanistan. In total, the club installed 1,009 red flags (Iraqi deaths), 140 black flags (Afghan deaths), 46 white flags (U.S. deaths in Iraq), and seven blue flags (U.S. deaths in Afghanistan). The demonstration commemorated the lives lost during the United States' "War on Terrorism," and reminded passers-by of the ever worsening issue. For more information, or to join Club Activism, contact Elana Israel or Keith Drinkwine.
Watershed Alliance to Host Open House
Students, faculty and staff are invited to a Watershed Alliance Open House on September 30 from 5 - 6 p.m. in Terrace 122. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to hear how the Watershed Alliance program is going. All equipment will be on display, including the unique three dimensional watershed model used by GMC Watershed Alliance students. There will also be a short presentation on the program given by Chuck Domenie, GMC WA coordinator.
Graduate School Fair Comes to GMC
On September 30, the lobby of Withey Hall hosts a graduate school fair from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Colleges and universities from across the country will be represented. Institutions sending representatives include Emerson College, Pace Law School, Alaska Pacific University, Simmons College, Vermont Law School, the Peace Corps and many more. The fair is sponsored by career services. Click here for more information and a complete list of attendees.
Sign Up for Flu Vaccine
GMC hosts a seasonal flu clinic with Rutland Pharmacy on October 5, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. It will be held in Withey Lobby. The cost is $25 payable at the time of immunization. Advance sign-up is requested. Contact Jane Allen at the Wellness Center. Please note that this is not the H1N1 flu vaccine. Another clinic may be scheduled when the H1N1 vaccine becomes available.
Shuttle Service to Castleton Health Center
Transportation to the Castleton Family Health Center is available through a free shuttle service offered by Green Mountain College. The shuttle runs Monday through Friday while classes are in session. The region’s public transit system, operated by the Marble Valley Regional Transit District, also provides daily round trip transportation between GMC and the Castleton Family Health Center. The GMC shuttle schedule is available on the web at GMC Health Services.
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The Green Mountain College admissions office has launched a Facebook page designed to keep the College community up to date with news, events, and links to GMC multimedia. If you're on Facebook, this page is a great source for campus happenings and another way to network with friends and family about your connection with GMC. Whether you're a student, parent, staff member, faculty member or alum of GMC, we invite you to be our fan!
GMC MSES student Jonathan Milne ‘10 was recently named the Sustainability Chair for the North American Association of Environmental Education, the professional association for environmental education. Members promote “professional excellence in non-formal organizations, K-12 classrooms, universities, government agencies, and corporate settings throughout North America and in over 55 other countries.” Jonathan is Assistant Land Steward for The Nature Conservancy based in their Brunswick, Maine office.
Orlane Monga ‘11 has accepted a position on UNICEF's prestigious Campus Initiative National Council. She will be representing the North East Region and will be joining a handful of remarkable student leaders from across the country chosen to provide leadership for UNICEF's Campus Initiative, clubs that are "critical partners in the effort to save millions of children's lives around the world." These clubs conduct campus-wide education, advocacy and fundraising activities to benefit UNICEF. The orientation and initial meeting of the council will take place October 2 - 4 in New York City.
FACULTY & STAFF NOTES
Green Mountain College Prof. Paul Falzone (communications) and several GMC students traveled to New York City September 21 to fight global warming and participate in the latest prank by noted media pranksters The Yes Men. They joined volunteers across the city to distribute copies of a fake New York Post to morning commuters that drew attention to climate change. The action was timed to coincide with this week’s United Nations climate summit and has received media attention internationally. Read more:
Fake New York Post site
Associated Press story
Prof. Mark Jordan (biology) gave a talk at the Fifth International Martes Symposium at the University of Washington in Seattle on September 11. The talk was titled "Study Design Considerations for Estimating Abundance and Survival of Fishers by Means of Camera Traps."
“Sisyphus,” a poem by associate registrar Sheila Kaveny, was published in the September 20 edition of Fickle Muses, an online journal of myth and legend. Fickle Muses publishes writing that connects the contemporary reader with ancient tradition.