Environmental Studies at Bennington: who we are and who to talk to

If you’re interested in environmental studies at Bennington, here’s some information that should be useful to you.

The academic side — curriculum development, and oversight of student Plans — is coordinated by a ‘Faculty Program Group’.  The group includes about 15 faculty members from many disciplines (check the ‘courses’ tab here; many of them are offering environmentally themed class for spring 2013).  Kerry Woods is coordinating the group right now.

Kaya Lovestrand is the environmental studies representative to SEPC; be in touch with her with ideas, input, questions for SEPC, for the Faculty Program Group, etc.

There are also, of course, student groups and other initiatives related to environmental issues that aren’t formally related to either the Program Group or SEPC, but we hope we can use this website to connect all of these undertakings and people as well as to provide other useful information.  If you have suggestions for the website, contact Kerry Woods or the student website manager who’ll be listed here very soon.

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Field Work Term Database Updated!

Hey Bennington! Check out more than a hundred organizations that are likely more than happy to get help from exceptional students like ourselves.

Happy Travels!

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Fall 2013 Mill Town Seminar

The Environmental Studies faculty are embarking on a new project this year that will culminate in new courses and internships dealing with sustainability issues in the Bennington region. This fall we are hosting a seminar series that begins with Bennington’s history as a Mill Town. Seminars are open to the entire campus community as well as the general public.

September 15, 2013 – Bus Tour of the Mills of Bennington – 2pm 

Hosted by the Bennington Historical Society, RSVP to Valerie Imbruce <vimbruce@bennington.edu>, meet at Bennington Station

September 17, 2013 – Tyler Resch – The Vermont Story – Dickinson 225 – 12:30pm

Tyler is the librarian at the Bennington Museum and editor of the Walloomsac Review. He will be speaking about the politics and economics of the settlement and incorporation of the town of Bennington.

Oct 1, 2013 – Roger Albee – Vermont Agriculture – Dickinson 225 – 12:30pm

Roger is the former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture. He will be discussing the history of Vermont’s agriculture and its environmental impacts, leading us to its “agricultural renaissance” of today.

Oct 8, 2013 – Alan Calfee – Use of Vermont’s Forests During the Early Industrial Era – Dickinson 225 – 12:30pm

Alan Calfee is principal forester for the firm Calfee Woodland Management, forest owner and conservationist. He has been practicing forestry in the southwestern corner of Vermont for more than 20 years.

Oct 15, 2013 – Bill Morgan – Bennington’s Mills – Dickinson 225 – 12:30pm

Bill is the President of the Bennington Historical Society and is currently researching the establishment and decline of Bennington’s mills.

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LOOK! 2013 Job and Internship Opportunities!

Hey there! Interested in finding an environmentally-relevant job or internship experience for this summer, an upcoming term, or maybe even after graduation?

Check out the NEW  ‘Opportunities‘ section on our site, right underneath the ‘Resources’ tab above! The page will be kept up-to-date with work opportunities as they’re advertised to us, so make sure to check it out every once in awhile for new postings!

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Powerful, Positive Action: The Bennington Environmental Action Group

If you’re visiting this blog, chances are you’re interested in the environment in some way, shape, or form. That being the case — get EXCITED! The brand new Bennington Environmental Action Group (BEAG) is having its very first meeting this Thursday, February 28th at 8:30 PM in the EAC.

Whether your plan involves environmental studies/science, or you’re simply interested in environmental issues on the side, here’s your chance to join other campus environmentalists and turn your passions into actions! We’ll be brainstorming and discussing potential projects such as campus-wide composting, fossil fuel divestment, a campus bottled-water ban, lobbying in Montpelier, and more!

Bring your inspirations and ideas to the meeting Thursday night to help shape the sustainability of our campus and the world!

Contact the BEAG with questions or ideas at: BenningtonEAG@gmail.com

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Public Policy Candidate Talk

Since last Thursday, Bennington has begun the process of interviewing candidates for our brand new Public Policy position (exciting!) and as always, it’s important for students to get involved and provide their valuable feedback. This week, three candidates will be available for lunch with students and staff, plus they’ll each be giving talks on their areas of interest in the evenings.

In relation to environmental studies, our last candidate, Robin Kemkes, will be discussing her focus in “Sustainable Livelihood Strategies, Forest Dependence and the Political Economy in Rural  Republic of Georgia” this Thursday, February 28th at 4:15 PM in CAPA Symposium. She will also be available at 12:oo PM that day for lunch with any interested students and faculty members.


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