2008 Workshop Descriptions:
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Politics
[D. Zuckerman]
Alternative Energy
[K. Oldrid]
[AJ Rossman]
Activism
[N. Cicero]
Communication
[J. Brown]
Local Food
[H. Jordan]

Joshua Brown
Joshua.E.Brown@uvm.edu


Senior Communications Officer for Science and Environment, University of Vermont

Quick Biography:

Joshua Brown is a science and environment writer for the University of Vermont. He was an editor for Wild Earth journal and his work has appeared in the Boston Globe, Conservation in Practice, Burlington Free Press, Middlebury Magazine and Vermont Quarterly.

Workshop Title:

The Mighty Pen: Letters to the Editor Make a Difference



Description:

In 35 minutes, create a letter-to-the-editor of your local paper, school paper, or even Time Magazine that will help shape public opinion about climate change.


Cami Davis
Cameron.Davis@uvm.edu


Lecturer, Univerity of Vermont, Dept of Art and Art History, Environmental Program, Summer Institute on Global Sustainability

Quick Biography:

Cameron Davis is a painter and community art activist on issues of the environment, and a Lecturer with the Department of Art and Art History, The Environmental Program and the Summer Institute for Global Sustainabiltiy at the University of Vermont where she teaches courses on Art and the Environment. Davis co-created the Temenos Books Project, a community art project where over 20,000 participants were introduced to the Earth Charter, an international document of principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society, which continues to travel the world in the Ark of Hope.

Workshop Title:

Art as an Environmental Activist Tool



Description:

Students will briefly be introduced to examples and issues of Art used for environmental activism generally and then specifically in the UVM Green 2007 project: "Messages to Earth" for the national StepItUP.org global climate change. Students will have the opportunity to add their voices (written and/or drawn) to this ongoing commuity project which is scheduled to be reinstalled at the UVM Davis Center "Focus the Nation Global Climate Change Jan. 30th Teach-In" where over 2 million students across America will be addressing this critical movement in planetary history.


Diane Gayer
vtdesign@sover.net


Architect/Environmental Designer/Community Planner
Vermont Design Institute

Quick Biography:

Diane Gayer is director of the Vermont Design Institute, a non-profit collaborative design resource for Vermont; I teach ecological and community design at UVM; and travel to work with community projects in other parts of the world.

Workshop Title:

Design a Sustainable Town!



Description:

Working with a topographic map develop a holistic plan for a town that supports population of 5,000, provides education, food, energy, transport, and business needs without compromising quality of life now and into the future. What decisions do you have to make? How do you handle resources, lifestyle choices, energy and transport needs, community decision-making, etc.? Draw a physical plan that delineates your thinking. Pin-up drawing and compare with other solutions.


Nina Cicero
nina.cicero@globalchallengeaward.org


Recruitment & Communications Coordinator
Global Challenge Award

Quick Biography:

Nina Cicero has a background in non-profit development and communications. She holds a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. Nina lives in Stowe and enjoys skiing, hiking and kayaking. The Global Challenge (www.globalchallengeaward.org) is a team and project-based learning and scholarship program for high school students funded by the National Science Foundation that engages small teams in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve global problems.

Workshop Title:

Save the World on Your Way to College



Description:

Learn how kids worldwide are envisioning the future. Learn how to create your own team and put it to work, saving the world from global warming and inventing the future of energy while opening doors of opportunity for college.


Helen Labun Jordan
Helen.Jordan@state.vt.us


Agricultural Development Coordinator
VT Agency of Agriculture

Quick Biography:

Helen Labun Jordan recently joined the Agency of Agriculture to work on its Buy Local campaign. Before taking this position, she managed the Creative Economy project for the Vermont Council on Rural Development and was the lead organizer for the Central Vermont Localvores. Helen is also a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. She is originally from Newbury, VT.

Workshop Title:

Local Foods, Culture and Climate Change



Description:

Eating locally receives a lot of attention for its potential to reduce the carbon footprint of our diet. Increasingly, groups are also looking to local foods as a way to preserve culture and tradition in a changing environment. This workshop will address the role of local foods at the intersection of culture and climate change. Vermont's maple industry is one example.
Taste Testing Included!!


Ken Oldrid
ken@greendiesels.net

Renewable Energy Technician
Owner of Green Diesels and lead installer of CV Solar and Wind

Quick Biography:

Ken Oldrid has been working in the biofuel field since 2002. He has modified over 60 diesel cars, trucks, buses and tractors to run on WVO (waste vegetable oil), and has personally logged over 100,000 miles on WVO in his own vehicles. In the summer of 2006, Ken started installing wind and solar electric systems for Central Vermont Solar and Wind and CET Solar Store.

Workshop Title:

Biofuels in northern New England



Description:

We will make several small test batches of biodiesel in each working group. While students mix ingredients in mason jars, we will discuss the options for using biofuels in the green mountain state.


AJ Rossman
aj@drakersolar.com

CEO / Founder
Draker Laboratories

Quick Biography:

AJ has been involved with the renewable energy industry for ten years now. His company, Draker Laboratories, provides performance monitoring systems for PV, solar thermal, passive solar, wind and other green technologies.

Workshop Title:

Going Solar



Description:

Students will learn different ways to implement solar for reducing green house gasses. There will be props, pictures of large installs and performance data shown for large and small applications if Internet available.


Andy Shapiro and
Gabriela Meade
andy@energybalance.us

Energy Engineer
VT Energy Education Program


Student
Harwood Union High School

Quick Biography:

Andy is the Energy Engineer for the Vermont Energy Education Program, teaching from elementary school to college level, principles and applications of energy efficiency and renewable energy, training students and teachers. He is also a sustainable design consultant, helping make buildings healthy, environmentally friendly and energy efficient, including renewable. He works to help our built environment and energy systems sustain the earth and life on it.

Gabriela Meade is a junior at Harwood Union High School in South Duxbury, VT. She is currently working with Efficiency Vermont and the Vermont Energy Education Program to do an energy efficiency lighting retrofit at her school. She attended the Winter Weekend last year and is excited to have the opportunity to inspire other students to do similar work!

Workshop Title:

Energy and the Environment & Is Green Schools for You?



Description:

See how electricity is made and how electricity use connects to global warming. Learn how you can use Vermont Energy Education Program's Green Schools program to lower your school's carbon emissions. Ride VEEP's energy bike and see how big a volume of CO2 is caused by using a single light bulb


Carolyn Shapiro
carolyn@energybalance.us

Artist / Educator

Quick Biography:

I enjoy combining my skills as an educator and artist to make art and exhibits that help people learn through visual stimulation. I especially like community art projects.

Workshop Title:

Picture Your World, Postcards from a Changing World



Description:

Make a postcard with images conveying your thoughts of what our world may be/can be. Send these postcards to family, friends, politicians. Variety of materials to use: collage, marker, colored pencils.


Tom Tailor and others
TTailer@anesu.org


Co Director UVM GIV Engineering & Physics Teacher Mt. Abraham UHS

Quick Biography:

Tom Tailer has worked with students at Mt. Abe high school, the UVM GIV in Engineering and traveled to Korea with the US team to the first International Earth Science Olympiad to help students develop projects to address global sustainability. His students have presented their ideas to US congressmen, senators, and political leaders of foreign countries.

Workshop Title:

Zero and Non Zero Sum Games (Who wins the candy?)



Description:

We will play a series of simple games and learn about how these games relate to climate change and other global issues.


Li Ling Young and Paul Scheckel
lyoung@veic.org
pscheckel@veic.org

Senior Project Manager (Li Ling) and Senior Energy Analyst (Paul), VT Energy Investment Corporation

Quick Biography:

Li Ling Young inspects and tests houses to determine the best way to save energy in buildings. Through work with Efficiency Vermont, Li Ling has influenced some of the biggest homebuilders in the state, and helped reduce living expenses for hundreds of ordinary Vermonters.

Paul Scheckel: Author of "The Home Energy Diet," Paul has performed thousands of home energy audits and has participated in efficiency program design, analysis, delivery, and implementation in several states. He practices extreme efficiency in his solar-powered home while enjoying all the conveniences of a modern lifestyle.

Workshop Title:

The Carbon Game



Description:

What are you going to do with that giant footprint of yours? Do you know where to start, where to stop, and where to live? In the absence of aggressive government action, it's up to each of us individually to curb our carbon emissions. In this game we will explore the all-important, but none-too-clear questions of what works and what's worth it as we make changes in our lives and society.


Sophie Wood and Kailie Larkin
srw02@hampshire.edu klarkin@wesleyan.edu


Clowns, M.V.P.A.S.A.P.

Quick Biography:

Sophie Wood is a clown, dancer, farmer, waitress, baker, loud-mouth, walk-to-worker and general do-it-yourselfer.

Kailie Larkin is a clown, poet, dreamer, director, student, safe-biker, composter, and general do-good-and-goof-offer. They enjoy long walks on the beach and cutting their carbon-emissions.

Workshop Title:

(don't just stare at charts and graphs) SAVE THE WORLD WITH ARTS AND CRAFTS!



Description:

We (like climate change) will be all over the map. This workshop is based on last years successful (and number one hit) pop song about global warming; BUT in addition to making a rocking power (saving) ballad, we will be creating stencils to crank out cheap and beautiful posters to inform our fellow citizens, stitching our own hankies and teabags (to cut down on the waste we put in landfills) and starting our own lacto-fermented sauerkraut to try our hand at preserving our local foods through the winter. (And also making something delicious and stinky). NO MUSICAL, CULINARY OR ARTISTIC SKILLS NECESSARY. FUN, A MUST.


David Zuckerman
davidz@together.net


State Representative/ Organic Vegetable farmer

Quick Biography:

David Zuckerman is a 6 term State Representative who serves as Chair of the House Agriculture Committee. He and his wife Rachel own and operate Full Moon Farm, a 250 member CSA diversified organic vegetable farm. They farm approximately 10 acres of vegetable each season.

Workshop Title:

Activism in politics…how to affect change



Description:

We will be discussing how politics really works and what you can do to impact it. We will also be actively organizing around current legislation.


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