Green Mountain College is a coeducational private environmental liberal arts college located in Poultney, Vermont, in the USA.Green Mountain is located in the Vermont countryside, at the foot of the Taconic Mountains between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.The college has a core set of courses known as the Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum, in environmental and natural science, writing, reading, history and philosophy. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 15, 2017
BASEL, Switzerland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Thought for Food (TFF) announces the 10 teams of university students who have been selected as Finalists in the TFF Challenge. These teams - hailing from universities in Colombia, France, Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Switzerland, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the USA - will move forward to Round 2 of the competition, where they will receive 12 weeks of intense mentorship in the TFF Startup Bootcamp followed by the chance to win seed funding of up to $30,000 at the TFF Global Summit (taking place in Amsterdam on May 26th and 27th, 2017). The annual TFF Challenge is the world’s largest open competition for university students who are building the future of Food & Agriculture. Student teams are empowered with tools and mentorship, and submit proposals that seek to solve the question: How do we feed and nourish 9+ billion people by 2050? Nearly 500 entries from 129 countries were received in this edition of the TFF Challenge. The ideas generated by the TFF Challenge Finalists cover a variety of important innovation areas for the future, including finance, biotech, big data, fertilizer/inputs, vertical farming, ag tech, logistics, food preservation and new foods. The Finalists were selected by an external expert panel of judges from organizations such as One Acre Fund, GODAN, Syngenta, Krishi Janani, Gro Intelligence, the French Institute of Culinary Technologies and Monitor Deloitte. Christine Gould, Founder & CEO of TFF says; “This year’s TFF Challenge Finalist projects represent some of the most exciting areas shaping the future of food and agriculture, not only in terms of technology breakthroughs, but also because of the open and collaborative business models they are using. We are honored and excited to play our part within food and nutrition security by working together with these young innovators to help them scale their sustainable initiatives to create real impact.” To learn more about the Finalist proposals, please see the summary descriptions below. To attend the TFF Global Summit, please register at www.tffchallenge.com/summit. Agri-Yolo (France) - An investment platform enabling collaborative projects between Agribusiness (Agri), Young Investors (Yo) and Landowners (Lo). HEC Paris AgroSpheres (USA) - A bioparticle that degrades pesticides into safe by-products in a matter of hours, allowing farmers to better control when they harvest crops. University of Virginia BlueGreen Nexus (USA) - A floating greenhouse that uses passive solar energy to distill ocean water into freshwater, creating a land, water and energy-neutral form of scaleable urban agriculture.Sterling College; Savannah College of Art & Design; Green Mountain College Climate Edge (UK) - A low-cost weather station and online monitoring system that provides targeted recommendations for smallholder farmers in tropical climates. Imperial College London Dairy FIT (USA) - Combining the power of machine learning and data analytics technologies to predict cattle behaviour and genomic tendencies, with an aim to improve the health, wellbeing and productivity of intensively-farmed animals. Colorado State University From Challenge to Opportunity (India) - Creating an affordable fertilizer from seaweed for farmers, and using the leftover pulp to make nutritious cookies for malnourished children. Gujarat Technological U; The Institution Of Engineers (INDIA); EPFL (Switzerland) Growing Future (Cultivando Futuro) (Colombia) - An information and agro-commerce platform that facilitates direct sales between small farmers and consumers, leveraging open data to analyze market trends. Jorge Tadeo Lozano; Universidad de Los Andes; Universidad Sergio Arboleda Ligno Flava (Indonesia) - Sustainable, low-cost, natural vanilla production from food waste that can replace chemical flavorings. University of Brawijaya Sparky (Uganda) - A thermo-dehydrator for vegetables and fruits powered by bio-waste to prolong the shelf-life of produce from two days to two years. Makerere U; Uganda Technical College- Elgon; Kyambogo U WasteBuster (Malaysia) - Using discarded fruits and vegetables to create a dried, nutrient-rich food which can be used in disaster relief situations and as a solid fuel source. Universiti Putra Malaysia TFF is the world’s leading platform for Next Generation Thinking, Collaboration and Innovation for global food security. TFF brings people together across sectors, disciplines, cultures and generations to create opportunities for new ideas and solutions to flourish. Through our annual TFF Challenge, we have worked with over 8,000 millennial innovators and entrepreneurs from more than 1,500 universities in 129 countries to develop bold social impact ventures that help feed 9+ billion people by 2050. Thought For Food is a 501c3 non-profit Foundation. Find Thought For Food on social media at @tffchallenge.
News Article | November 1, 2016
Battling the bulge with the holidays quickly approaching can seem like a losing battle for most Americans. Frosted cookies, pumpkin pie, mac-n-cheese, ham, etc.—calories lurk around every corner during this time of year. “During the holidays it’s so easy to gain 3-5 pounds if you’re not careful,” warned Will Byrd, a certified fitness trainer and the owner of Elite Training Boston. “It’s really important to plan ahead. For example, don’t show up to a party hungry. Otherwise, you run the risk of consuming more calories than had you eaten beforehand.” With keeping with “Thank Your Health” for November, Byrd stresses the importance of portion of control, avoiding drinking your calories and, of course, exercising. “It’s easy to say you’re too busy to exercise during the holidays, but just 30 minutes a day can really make a positive impact on your health,” stated Byrd. “Plus, it can help you burn those extra calories you may have consumed during a holiday function.” Increased weight gain has been associated with an increased risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and even some cancers. Research has shown that exercise can slow or help prevent those health issues mentioned. “To help motivate people to put their health first during the holidays and avoid the weight gain, Elite Training Boston is offering a new AirFit Power Biking, HIIT & Versa Climber class,” stated Byrd. The month-long class which starts November 1st is designed for individuals who want to lose weight, tone up and develop healthy lifestyle choice. The Airfit bike and Versa Climber are designed to help people burn calories, fat and tone faster than traditional exercise equipment. The new class, which is competitively priced at $199, is the only one of its kind in the Boston area. For additional information, click here. About William Byrd: Will Byrd holds certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association, Functional Movement Systems, and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. He is a Certified Fitness Trainer, a Performance Enhancement Specialist and holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Green Mountain College. Prior to opening Elite Training Boston, Byrd trained and studied the Versa Climber in Los Angeles. His studio has since become the epicenter for athletes, MMA fighters and models. His studio is also the first on the East Coast to teach Versa Climber classes.
News Article | February 15, 2017
As citizens of a democracy, Americans seem to face a series of intractable problems associated with environmental sustainability. One of the major obstacles to implementing solutions is deep partisan and ideological divisiveness. We can’t seem to agree on what constitutes “the right thing to do.” This year, Husson University’s Ethics Symposium will examine this issue as part of a presentation by Dr. Steven A. Fesmire, professor of philosophy and environmental studies at Green Mountain College in Vermont. His lecture, “Rescuing Democracy from Moral Fundamentalism: How Moral Certainty is a Roadblock to Sustainability,” will take place at the Gracie Theatre on Monday, February 6, 2017 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public. “Dr. Fesmire is a great example of a long line of American pragmatic thinkers going back to William James and John Dewey,” said Cliff Guthrie, Ph.D., a professor of ethics and humanities at Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities. “Like these other thinkers, he argues that we should view our moral disagreements more like practical everyday problems, and that Americans are great at using their imaginations to come up with new solutions to practical problems.” The lecture will focus on the challenges created in democratic societies by moral fundamentalism – a disposition to believe that there is only one right way to think about and solve moral or political problems. Fesmire will then go on to discuss ways to deal with moral fundamentalism so that democracies can successfully address the tangled local, bioregional, and global problems that prevent our lives from becoming healthier, more just, and more sustainable. Fesmire is the author of Dewey (Routledge Press, 2015), winner of the 2015 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. He is also the author of John Dewey and Moral Imagination: Pragmatism in Ethics (Indiana University Press, 2003) and the winner of the 2005 Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” award. In addition, Fesmire is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Dewey (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017) and is preparing a manuscript titled Ecological Imagination: Essays in Pragmatism, Ethics, and Education. He was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar at Kyoto University and Kobe University in Japan, a 2015-16 visiting scholar at Dartmouth College, and a 2016 fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. “Beyond teaching practical career-related knowledge, Husson University is committed to education that helps us better understand ourselves and our society,” said Dr. Patricia Bixel, dean of the College of Science and Humanities. “In the face of global warming and serious partisan division, we struggle to address environmental problems. Perhaps a more pragmatic approach can help us make progress toward solving some of these issues.” If you would like more information about the upcoming presentation, or if you need to talk to someone about special arrangement or accommodations, please contact Cliff Guthrie, professor of ethics and humanities at guthriec(at)husson(dot)edu or 207 941-7760. For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells, and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.
Mulder K.,Green Mountain College |
Hagens N.,University of Vermont |
Fisher B.,Princeton University
Ambio | Year: 2010
While various energy-producing technologies have been analyzed to assess the amount of energy returned per unit of energy invested, this type of comprehensive and comparative approach has rarely been applied to other potentially limiting inputs such as water, land, and time. We assess the connection between water and energy production and conduct a comparative analysis for estimating the energy return on water invested (EROWI) for several renewable and non-renewable energy technologies using various Life Cycle Analyses. Our results suggest that the most water-efficient, fossil-based technologies have an EROWI one to two orders of magnitude greater than the most water-efficient biomass technologies, implying that the development of biomass energy technologies in scale sufficient to be a significant source of energy may produce or exacerbate water shortages around the globe and be limited by the availability of fresh water. © Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences 2010.
News Article | November 15, 2016
POULTNEY, Vt., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Honored more than any other college as the leader in sustainability education, Green Mountain College of Poultney, Vermont today announced that the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and the Intern...
Park J.,Green Mountain College |
Sarkis J.,Clark University |
Wu Z.,Oregon State University
Journal of Cleaner Production | Year: 2010
This paper investigates the challenges and opportunities of how firms and organizations can and will be able to strike a better balance between economic growth and environmental stewardship in the context of China's emerging 'circular economy' policy paradigm and based on ecological modernization theoretic approaches. Based on three company case studies in the information technology and electronic industries in China, we identify and demonstrate how a blended business and environmental value can be created from adopting a sustainable supply chain management approach. The adoption of a sustainable supply chain management approach is rapidly becoming a key business challenge and opportunity in China and other large emerging economies around the world, where our greatest environmental management challenges currently reside and will continue to exist for many years to come. The value creation framework proposed in research focuses on evaluating three case study companies who appear in various stages of an electronic industry supply chain. Value creation within a supply chain can provide the impetus for organizations to adopt circular economy, sustainable supply chain practices, for competitive reasons. In addition, we describe how a value proposition can be evaluated at two levels of analysis, a more specific micro-level and a more general meso-level of analysis. The four major business value dimensions include cost reduction, revenue generation, resiliency, and legitimacy and image. The initial findings are that a variety of opportunities exist for electronic firms in emerging and developing countries, while results from this study provide an important scholarly foundation to develop and refine sustainable supply chain management practices in emerging and developing economies. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Brown G.G.,University of Queensland |
Squirrell T.,Green Mountain College
Journal of Forestry | Year: 2010
Learning is a fundamental driver and product of adaptive management. We measured organizational learning attributes in a survey of US Forest Service employees in 2008 to assess the agency learning environment by organizational hierarchy and work unit in the agency and to benchmark the US Forest Service against other external organizations. We found that positive organizational learning attributes are unevenly distributed throughout the agency's work units and hierarchy. US Forest Service managers experience a stronger learning environment than staff, and work units in the National Forest System have significantly weaker learning environments than research stations and state and private forestry. Furthermore, US Forest Service learning attributes fall below the median compared with external benchmark scores. We offer some general suggestions for improving the learning environment in the agency but we are not optimistic about adaptive management implementation without further development of the basic building blocks of learning in the US Forest Service. Copyright © 2010 by the Society of American Foresters.
Van Hoesen J.,Green Mountain College |
Letendre S.,Green Mountain College
Renewable Energy | Year: 2010
The current electricity infrastructure in the United States relies on a centralized distribution network that carries a heavy carbon footprint and is susceptible to disruption and failure. Rural communities are more susceptible to longer term interruption and should strive towards a local distributed energy model. This transition will require municipalities to engage with and seek input from community stakeholders. This paper describes a possible model for supporting rural community energy projects using a Geographic Information System (GIS), which was used to develop an inventory of energy resource potential in a rural Vermont town for biomass, wind, and solar technologies. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Fesmire S.,Green Mountain College
Environmental Ethics | Year: 2010
Environmental thinkers recognize that ecological thinking has a vital role to play in many wise choices and policies; yet, little theoretical attention has been given to developing an adequate philosophical psychology of the imaginative nature of such thinking. Ecological imagination is an outgrowth of our more general deliberative capacity to perceive, in light of possibilities for thinking and acting, the relationships that constitute any object. Such imagination is of a specifically ecological sort when key metaphors, images, symbols, and the like used in the ecologies shape the mental simulations we use to deliberate-i.e., when these interpretive structures shape what John Dewey calls our "dramatic rehearsals." There is an urgent practical need to cultivate ecological imagination, and an equally practical need to make theoretical sense of the imaginative dimension of ecological reflection.
Park J.,Green Mountain College
Sustainability (United States) | Year: 2014
Part 1 of this article highlighted the critical role higher education institutions and their leaders play in designing and developing sustainability-related educational and career pathways in responding to climate change, water/natural resource scarcity, and other global sustainability concerns. (See Sustainability: The Journal of Record, February 2014). Part 1 examined the three types of disruptive changes (organizational, economic, technological) confronting higher education institutions in the United States. Part 2 examines how the challenges of disruptive changes can be more effectively addressed through greater resiliency and how colleges and universities can play a stronger role in fostering sustainability education and career pathways.