A New Term Approaches!

The evidence points to a summer that is winding down here on the Bennington campus, and preparations for the start of a new term are in the works everywhere. Last week, our intrepid Forest Survey interns, Alex and Mara, wrapped up their summer of field work.

They won their battle with the forest plot grid...our interns are tired yet victorious.

At the same time, Student Garden interns Bryan and Sophie held their first garden market in the Barn courtyard to the delight of the staff and faculty.

First-Year Advisor Julia Moffit is super-excited about Bryan and Sophie's fresh vegetables!

A last sign in the Environmental Studies world was that spring graduate Shane Chase finished up his summer spent updating the College’s greenhouse gas inventory and developing systems for future updates. Best of luck to Shane as he heads to NYC to work in design and sustainability!

This is not Shane...how did he get away without a photo?

As sad as it can be to begin leaving summer behind, we are all excited for the start of a new term. Next week will bring a wave of freshmen to campus for various pre-orientation trips and activities. I myself will be participating in the “localvore” trip, trotting around southwestern Vermont and eastern New York to visit local farms, food cooperatives, and farmers markets (not to mention the always-amazing Washington County Fair…demolition derby, anyone?).

Last year's Localvore Tour group visiting Clear Brook Farm in Shaftsbury, VT

During welcome activities on campus, Environmental Studies Director Valerie Imbruce and I will lead an Orientation Workshop on Sunday, August 28 on pursuing sustainability at Bennington College. It should be a fun and interactive way to learn about sustainability projects already in the works on campus, and to discuss ideas for future efforts!

Finally, our first-of-the-year Environmental Studies Forum lunch will take place on the first day of classes. This was a great weekly lunch meeting last year, and is a great opportunity to hang out with fellow ES students, faculty, and campus visitors, and to discuss classes, projects, and all things environmental (we like to cast a wide net, after all…). We look forward to seeing new faces and old, and catching up on everyone’s summer adventures!


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