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    "I learned a lot while I was in Alaska—everything from identifying tundra vegetation to what to do if a bear attacks." — Genna Waldvogel

    Genna WaldvogelEnvironmental sciences major, intern at Alaska field station, conductor of research project on seasons and streams. More about Genna >>

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    "I felt a strong sense of community in RSENR." — Kelsey Head

    Kelsey Head Environmental studies major, student educator with the UVM Watershed Alliance, creator of environmental curriculum for young people, intern, volunteer coordinator. More about Kelsey >>

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    "I directly contributed to the outcome of the project." — Joshua Carrera

    Joshua Carrera Natural resources major, social activist, co-creator of online course, participant in travel study to Costa Rica, Brazil, Ecuador and beyond, delegate. More about Joshua >>

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    " I was looking to learn and broaden my experience in the wildlife biology and education fields." — Flavio Sutti, Ph.D. student

    Flavio SuttiPh.D. candidate in natural resources, Consultant biologist in Italy, master in wildlife biology, researching landscape context as a framework for agricultural systems. More about Flavio >>

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    "I care deeply about forests, and I have come to care passionately about working with horses in the woods." — Ethan Tapper

    Ethan TapperForestry major, horse logging intern studying forest management and impact of horses working in the woods. More about Ethan >>

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Wednesday April 23, 2014
A Workshop by Energy Vision, Vermont Clean Cities and The UVM-TRC
April 23, 2014 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.;
Billings Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT


8:30-9:00 Registration and Refreshments
9:00-9:10 Workshop Introduction: Moving Toward a Sustainable Transportation Future - Joanna D. Underwood, President, Energy Vision & Michelle McCutcheon-Schour, Director, VTCCC
9:10-9:30 Welcoming Address
9:30-10:50 Separated Organics and Anaerobic Digestion
Guy Roberts, Chief Technology Officer, Avatar Energy
The Big Value Proposition in Anaerobic Digestion of Organic Wastes
Mike Raker, Agricultural Energy Consultants, LLC (tentative)
Making an Anaerobic Digestion Project Work in Vermont
Dan Smith, President, Integrated Energy Systems
From Dairy Manure to Renewable Natural Gas: A Case Study
10:50-11:05 Coffee and Networking
11:05-12:20 Panel 2: The Intersection of Biogas and the Vehicle Market
Owen Brady, Key Accounts, Vermont Gas
Tapping the Natural Gas Vehicle Market via Pipeline
Nathan Carr, Biomass Account Executive, quasar energy group (tentative)
Recovering and Converting Food Waste to Vehicle Fuel
Peter Vanderhoof, Director of Fleet Operations, Casella Waste
Fleet Conversion from Diesel to CNG and the Growing RNG Option
12:20-1:20pm Lunch and Networking
1:20-2:45pm Panel 3: Exploring the Economic/Policy Landscape
Alex DePillis, Senior Development Coordinator, Vermont Agency of Ag, Food and Markets
Asa S. Hopkins, Ph.D., Director of Energy Policy and Planning, Vermont Department of Public Service
Patrick Wood, President, Ag Methane Advisors
2:45-3:00pm Final Questions and Path Forward
All students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Tobacco-Free UVM Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 23 from 4:00 to 5:00 PM in Carpenter Auditorium (Given E131). The meeting, hosted by the Tobacco-Free UVM Steering Committee, will provide an additional opportunity, beyond the regular committee meetings, for the university community to participate in the conversation about the process for moving toward becoming a tobacco-free campus.

As communicated to the university in a memo dated March 24 of this year, UVM is in the midst of a planning process aimed at creating a tobacco-free campus environment. A broadly-representative steering committee is leading the discussion and several working groups are giving direction to the project and overseeing the details of implementation. The university is partnering with a number of external agencies and collaborating with governance groups and campus organizations as the discussion continues with the target date of January 1, 2015 in view.

Why is UVM going tobacco-free?

As a public land-grant university with an historic commitment to health, UVM seeks to provide a clean, healthy environment for the entire community. A tobacco-free campus will:

Protect people from unwanted and involuntary exposure to tobacco and passive smoke
Establish a supportive atmosphere for those trying to quit using tobacco
Create a cleaner and healthier living, learning and working environment

Multiple studies affirm that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke—including outdoor smoke.

We respect the needs of every member of the community. Pregnant women, children, those with bronchitis, respiratory problems, asthma, heart conditions and cancer are especially susceptible to serious problems as a result of passive smoke.

Join the conversation on April 23 as we talk about how to reach the goal of a tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit the website at

Thursday April 24, 2014
6 p.m. to 7 p.m. + Real Food Talk
Last month’s Real Talk was real invigorating! We got some great conversation going about next steps to getting real food on campus.

Our first goal: create a student group to shift food culture on campus and work closely with the Real Food Working Group to pressure UVM into procuring the sustainable food we need. That’s a big agenda…you want in?

There’s going to be a REAL TALK on April 24 at 6:00 pm in Lafayette 300, where we’ll go over the basics of the Real Food Challenge for folks who missed the last Real Talk, and then dive right in to the logistics of the student group!

Please send any questions to or! Visit our Facebook page to RSVP.

We hope to see you there!
Friday April 25, 2014
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. + Arbor Day Celebration
Celebrate UVM's trees and our official designation as a Tree Campus USA with a tree planting ceremony outside the library at noon, guided tree walks, an invasive species awareness workshop, and an Ash Awareness Week t-shirt raffle; informational table outside the Davis Center from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Information: Registration for events:

Highlights include:
11am: Kit Anderson will lead an ethnobotany tree walk around campus
12 pm: UVM will be inaugurated into the Tree Campus USA program and recognized for its efforts to care for and promote healthy trees on campus and in our community. We are also kicking off President Sullivan's new tree planting campaign with a tree planting and official recognition ceremony outside Bailey-Howe Library. Come join us in celebrating this exciting new aspect of UVM and its commitment to the environment.
12:30pm: Professor Mark Starret leads a tree walk of the trees on UVM's Green
2pm: Emerald Ash Borer ID workshop with Rhonda Mace: Look Up and Look Out for Vermont's ash trees!

Please visit the UVM Trees website ( for more information and to sign up for a tree walk or EAB workshop.

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