What is Sustain Champlain?

Sustain Champlain is a campus-wide initiative strives to infuse sustainability concepts and practices across Champlain College by coordinating and promoting best practices within four areas: our institution, academics, operations, and culture.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Clothing Swap...Clean Out Your Closets!

Two student clubs -- the Environmental Club and STAND -- are co-sponsoring a clothing swap on Thursday, December 10th from 2-8pm in the Fireside Lounge in the SLC. There will be a collection bin outside of the SGA offices starting on Monday for anyone to drop off clothes/shoes/etc. (in decent shape, please). The swap will be open to all in the Champlain College community to come by and find something that suits you. Any remaining items will be donated to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

This is a perfect opportunity to rid yourself of some unwanted stuff, find something new for yourself (or for holiday gifts!) and make a donation to a great location organization at the same time.

Questions can be directed to Justine Riegel justine.riegel@mymail.champlain.edu

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A talk with the filmmaker: Jazzman's Cafe Mug incentive

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the first post in a series of posts where we feature a video made my Champlain College students. There will also be some comments from one (or more) of the people who made the video to add some more info. This week, we are featuring a short video on Jazzman's Cafe mug incentive program. The programs allows people to buy reusable mugs then be able to refill the mugs for much cheaper.
I had the chance to catch up Ryan Penk, one of the creators of the video. The video was the mid-term project for the Contemporary Media Issues class. Ryan was telling me that the program wasn't very well advertised so he was able to learn about the program while making the video. The importance of creating programs that reduce Champlain Colleges carbon footprint isn't lost on Ryan. He mentioned to me "since sustainability is such an important thing to work towards, we should continue to make new programs and advertise them as best we can." I don't think I could have said it better myself. Since Ryan isn't in a video related major, he didn't realize all of the effort that goes into making a video. All of these are valuable lessons.

Have a good weekend,
Scott Miley

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Happy Earth Day


Wondering what you can do for Earth Day? Here are 10 Easy Things You Can Do.

On a beautiful day like this, you could check out the Earth Day Book Display at the MIC too!

Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

E-Waste Recycling Event: April 18

Recycle your old, broken, and obsolete electronics for FREE on April 18 at the 3rd Annual Small Dog Electronics eWaste Recycling Event.

WHEN: Saturday, April 18, 2009 from 9:00am - 1:00pm.

WHERE: S. Burlington High School (main lot) on 550 Dorset Street, S. Burlington, VT 05403.

WHAT: All computers, monitors, printers, fax machines, cell phones, stereo equipment, digital phones, VCRs, televisions, old cables, connectors, adapters. We will collect everything electronic except for household appliances. Click here to see the full list of unacceptable materials.

If you have questions, call 800-511-MACS (6227)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Way to Go, May 4-8

The Way To Go! Commuter Challenge is an annual program encouraging the use of cheaper, healthier, and more earth friendly transportation alternatives... Walk, Bike, Take the Bus, Carpool, or Telecommute.

Last year Champlain College won this challenge in the ‘large employer’ category. Now can anyone say, “DYNASTY!”

Sustain Champlain is also using this opportunity to attempt a second Car Free Campus
Thursday, May 7th.
It is our hope to close down all of the core campus parking lots in the on that day.

All it takes for you to participate is to:
1. Sign up atthe Way to Go websitemake sure you say you work at Champlain College.

2. Plan to Leave your car at home at least one day the week of May 4th – 8th

3. Feel good about green house gases saved from the atmosphere

You can use the following resources to help you plan your commute:
Take the Bus: it’s free on CCTA with a Champlain ID. For schedules and route maps go to: www.cctaride.org
Bike/Walk sign up for the Bike/Walk rewards program at CATMA.
Carpool find a ride using the State of Vermont’s new web based ride share board
or call 1-800-685-RIDE (7433)

More information on how to make carpooling or public transportation work for you will be available at tabling events at the Tax Relief Breakfast next Wednesday, April’s Staff Council meeting, and outside IDX cafeteria during lunch Tuesday, April 21st and Thursday, April 23rd.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

PowerShift 2009

PowerShift '09 took place February 27 through March 2, bringing 10,000 high school and college students to the country's capitol to lobby for climate and clean energy policy. Ten students from Champlain College attended the event. From the moment I entered the Walter E. Washington Convention Center I knew it was so much bigger than I was expecting. The halls were filled with students at all times.

I was able to attend one workshop, two panel discussions and a Toxic Tour of power plants around Washington DC. The workshop I attended was Global Warming for Dummies, it gave a foundation to understanding where Global Warming stands politically and the information necessary to educate the public on Global Warming. The workshop was interesting because it had about thirty students and we were able to converse with each other rather than just listening to the speaker for an hour and fifteen minutes. I attended the workshop with another Champlain student, Rachel, and we met two girls, Brady and Kate from Ohio, who were sitting behind us. We discussed various questions and arguments we have encountered from people curious and questioning the validity of global warming.

The first panel I went to was Getting to the truth: pulling the curtain back on false solutions to our energy crisis. This discussion included professional environmental speakers, Mary Olsen, Paul Gunter, Daphne Wysham, and Rebecca Tarboton . They discussed the negative effects of nuclear energy, aggro-fuels, mega dams, uranium mines and the myth that is "clean coal". Here's a great blog that talked more about the panel: Getting to the Truth. The last panel was Creative Activism featuring race car driver Leilani Munter, actress Daryl Hannah and Elliott May of Reverb. They were all very interesting speakers. Leilani Munter talked about how it may seem hypocritical of her to be a race car driver but the only way for her to educate and inform race car fans and other drivers is through her example of greening her race car. Daryl Hannah and Elliott May talked about their experiences as activists for the environment.

The Toxic Tour was an amazing experience. I went on Sunday morning. There were about 100 people there for the tour and being one of the first 30 people to sign up I got to enjoy a few cold but worth while extra experiences. We first went on the Metro underneath Washington, DC to Capitol South station, it was pretty funny seeing so many people squoosh into the two cars. From the station we walked down to the Capitol Power Plant. We were expecting to hear from an activist on the history and purpose of the plant but he was a no show, instead we heard from a man who lived directly across from the plant. From what I heard it is about 100 years old and produces a third of the capitol's greenhouse gas emissions by burning coal. It provides steam for heating and cooling the buildings in the Capitol area but not electricity. More information on the Capitol Complex can be found here. After that we went to the Matthew Henson Earth Conservation Center where we learned more about the plant that sits next to the center and how the plants have polluted the Anacostia River. The man who runs the center used to be a filmmaker but has since dedicated his life to cleaning up the river and helping the wildlife. Myself and 29 other people were able to take a boat tour down the river in a tiny boat and saw a scene where a vacant train fell off of a broken bridge. Along the way we hit a log that which was one of many that were drifting through the river shutting off the engine. We later docked and listened to a speaker on the pollution of the river and what action is necessary for it to obtain life again. After making our way back to the center we got a ride from the Biotour bus to the Washington Convention Center.

On Monday, March 2 our group of Champlain Students went to the halls of Congress to meet with Senators. We first met with a representative for Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.

During that same day we also met with everyone who was involved in Power Shift 2009 on the west lawn of the Capitol Building where we rallied for climate and energy action. We heard from speakers such as Erica Williams of Campus Progress, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, New Mexico Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, and Ethan Nuss Youth Organizer.

After the days events I got to witness a rally of activists first hand at the Capitol Power Plant. It was well organized and heavily controlled with police and organizers to keep things under control. My favorite chant was "Unicorns, Leprachauns, Clean Coal!"

Power Shift 2009 was a life changing experience that was just as inspirational as it was informative and educational. It was an exhilarating feeling to know that you can do something great when people get together for a common cause. The most unbelievable thing for me was the numbers. The number of people there could only be understood when seen. 10,000 is just a number but when you see 10,000+ heads in a crowd you actually understand what 10,000 is.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Gabe Calvi in the News

It's always exciting to see friends and colleagues in the news. And that's especially true when it is someone that is just flat out AWESOME. Such is the case for Gabe Calvi, who is highlighted in today's Free Press for his volunteerism. Congratulations Gabe, and thank you so much for all you do.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sustain Champlain in the News

Last night's Sustainability Panel was a great success!

Many thanks to our panelists:
Jon Griesser from Spring Hill Solutions
Jen Chiodo of Cx Associates
Rachel Nevitt of Full Moon Farm
Beth Sachs from VEIC
Mark Lapin from Middlebury College.

140 students were part of the last night's dialogue. Thank you for joining us!
It's also exciting to see coverage of the event in our local news.

We will be posting some YouTubes of the events so check back soon!

Stay Green!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Decidedly not a doom, gloom, and beware of climate change type of talk…

Join us on Monday, Feb. 16th for a different kind of talk about the environment!

Monday, February 16th | 7:00 pm | Alumni Auditorium
Green Grass and High Tides
Hope, Joy, and Opportunity within a New Green Economy
Decidedly not a doom, gloom, and beware of climate change type of talk…

This panel discussion is an attempt to generate excitement at Champlain College about the environmental movement and its potential for positive economic and social change.

It might convince us that the changes needed to counter global climate change, peak oil, and natural resource depletion are the kinds of changes that we want to make anyhow. Full of green jobs, economic opportunity, and bound to increase your quality of life.

Come learn what has made this group of environmental academics, entrepreneurs, business and community leaders an optimistic bunch.

...and there will be a Contra Dance afterwards!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Power Shift 2009

There are only two more spaces available to travel to Washington DC for Power Shift 2009. February 27 - March 2 will see over 10,000 students and young adults convirge on the national capital for a weekend of climate education and action.

register at www.powershift09.org and email gcalvi@champlain.edu to ensure a space to travel with Champlain College.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Green Blogs Worth Knowing

Look Right.

See that list of blogs over there? Green Blogs Worth Knowing?

Well, we are looking for more Green blogs! If you read a blog that you want added to the list, let us know!

Where are you learning more about the environment?

Did you know about CarShare VT?

Hey! Did you know that CarShare Vermont has 2 brand new cars on campus, and 6 more around town? And, if you've had a license for 2 years with a good driving record, you only have to be 18 to become a member! It's a great way to get to out to ski at Bolton for the day, head to Boston for the weekend, or just run errands around town, and you don't have to worry about where to park the car!

If you want to know more, you check out the website, call Karen at CarShare Vermont at 861.2340 or email karen@carsharevt.org. It only takes a few days to apply and you could be driving!

And by the way, it not only helps you, it helps our community too!