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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CC Environmental Club Presents: Food, Inc.

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This Monday February 22nd at 7pm in the Alumni Auditorium the Environmental Club will be hosting another movie as a part of the movie series. We will be showing Food, Inc. a movie that really exposes the food industry, the FDA and the USDA. Prior to the showing we will have a guest speaker Ted DiGrande from dining services and he will be available to answer any questions or concerns students, faculty and staff may have about the dining hall. After the movie we will be raffling off some sweet prizes such as klean kanteens, solar powered flashlight and speakers (thanks to James DeRosia, owner of Battery Street Jeans) and a whole lot more. Come join in on the conversation. Check out the event here.

-Justine Riegel

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Students Care About Going Green

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History was recently made by a group of students at Champlain. Environmental Club members: Lauren Swanson, Mike Mullins, Justine Riegel, Andrew Nordstrom, Thomson Nguyen, Jillian DelVecchio and Ryan Phillips presented at the last Faculty Senate meeting and challenged the professors to "Green" up and incorporate sustainability into their curriculum. This was the first time students have presented to the faculty during a Senate meeting.

These students were not asking their professors to completely revamp their curriculum, but urging them to think about sustainability and incorporating into their assignments. Some of the ideas were simple changes such as utilizing the online web tool Angel more frequently instead of printing all assignments and using less paper in general. Creating some classes geared towards sustainability such as; an environmental law class, an outdoor education class, or a class geared toward environmentally friendly business practices. One idea was to bring in speakers in various green jobs in each major and elaborate on the green jobs that are available in each major. Another suggestion was to utilize e-books more often or check the new editions of books to make sure it is truly beneficial to the students to buy a new edition.

Hopefully this presentation made an impact on the faculty. Students do care about the impact their learning has on the environment and want to make a change.

-Justine Riegel

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