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first_imgSierra magazine has recognized Green Mountain College for its innovative efforts in sustainability, ranking GMC as the greenest college in the nation in its annual “Coolest Schools” feature. The cover story in the magazine’s September/October issue cites GMC for its commitment to sustainability in several categories including energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, and financial investments.”Green Mountain College excels in most categories, and it’s the MVP when it comes to creativity. The campus gets power and heat from biomass and biogas (a.k.a. cow power),” the magazine said, referring to GMC’s new combined heat and power biomass plant and the College’s participation in Central Vermont Public Service’s Cow Power program, which converts cow manure on Vermont farms to methane gas, a renewable source of energy. No school scored a perfect 100 in the assessment; GMC came closest at 88.6.”Green Mountain established its environmental liberal arts mission in 1995, so we are an ‘early adapter’ in responding to the social and environmental challenges of our times,” said GMC president Paul J. Fonteyn. “Through our Environmental Liberal Arts program, we’ve sought to provide an education that emphasizes sustainability across all disciplines. This recognition is a testament to all the hard work of a whole generation of students, faculty and staff.”Fonteyn noted that construction of the school’s new biomass plant resulted from a strong collaboration among students, faculty, College administrators, and the Board of Trustees. The new plant will use locally-sourced woodchips to provide 85% of the school’s heat and generate 20% of its electricity. Through this project and several other initiatives, GMC expects to be the first college in the country to reach carbon neutrality after having reduced carbon emissions by more than 50%.Green Mountain College received several other accolades for sustainability practices in recent months. The College received a score of 98 out of a perfect 99 in the Princeton Review’s annual college “green” rankings included in the 2011 edition of The Best 373 Colleges. GMC announced in June that SAGE (Students for Academic and Green Engagement) Hall, the College’s recently renovated honors residence hall, was designated as a LEED® gold certified building by the U.S. Green Building Council.Sierra’s September/October cover story spotlights the schools that are making a difference for the planet, and marks the magazine’s fourth annual listing of America’s greenest universities and colleges.The complete list is available online at www.sierraclub.org/sierra/201009/coolschools/top100.aspx(link is external). To learn more about what GMC is doing to make its campus more sustainable, visit http://www.greenmtn.edu/sustainability.aspx(link is external).SOURCE: Green Mountain College. POULTNEY, Vt., Aug. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_imgThe past few months have been one of the most challenging times I’ve faced in my adult life. Back in March, when our school system announced that schools would be closed for two weeks due to the coronavirus, I remember panicking about what I would do with my kids for two weeks while I worked. Little did I know that almost four months later they would still be home!Don’t get me wrong. I love my kids. I love spending time with them, but on my schedule. Suddenly becoming a full-time, stay-at-home mom and teacher in addition to working full time was a recipe for disaster. And that’s pretty much how it played out. My husband and I struggled to balance our three kids’ different Zoom calls and assignments with our businesses. There were no breaks. When I would take a short break from work to get some lunch or tea, I would have three kids hanging on me asking for snacks or complaining about their siblings.We were exhausted. My well-planned, organized, compartmentalized life was suddenly turned upside down. Of course, I was grateful that we are all healthy and well during the pandemic. But the everyday reality of the struggles and challenges was really taking its toll. About three months in, I remember saying to my husband that if I didn’t have a break, I think I might have a breakdown.You get the picture. And perhaps you can relate. It’s times like these that I remember why it is so important to take care of myself and give myself a break. But that has been hard during the pandemic when you can’t go anywhere or meet up with anyone. I was exhausted and struggling to be my best self. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgNot a city hotel, but a suburban Brisbane home.Not a bad move for the Brisbane’s suburban elite.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or facebook on Kieran Clair — journo The ensuite continues the high-quality theme.There’s even a city view from the huge upstairs front balcony. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoFinishes throughout are of an excellent standard. There’s a big outdoor space for entertaining with an expansive outlook.But the clincher has to be the reported “accommodation for a minimum of 5 vehicles” — a number that could be stretched with some clever car manoeuvres.center_img This Brisbane home has plenty of space for car-lovers to show off their collection.Suburban Brisbane has seen a number of substantial homes hit the market of late with glass-walled pools to bowling alleys all on offer.But if you’re a car-lover who loathes step-based cardio classes, then 31 Waroon St, Stafford could be the house for you.Positioned on a 630sq m allotment, the two-level contemporary home provides five-bedroom, three-bathroom accommodation across 578sq m of floor area.The finish is high end with Bosche appliances, butler’s pantry, security-gated entry and ducted airconditioning all listed among the inclusions. ‘There’s nothing else for it — we’re going to have to buy more cars!’In addition, the timber panelled internal lift will allow the owner to exert little effort in rising from the garage to the upper level.last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis“It’s unbelieveable to be recognized nationally is really something.” said Butterwerth Dairy Farmer Paul Werth.The Platinum Award of Achievement from the National Quality Dairy Awards is given to the best quality dairy producers in the country. Paul and his brother Jeremy Werth were one of six farms to achieve this year’s high honor.Watch the video to see how these fourth generation farm boys are leading in the dairy industry.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Ella White Elementary on Full LockdownNext Alpena residents reminisce on America’s beloved Rev. Billy Grahamlast_img read more