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  News from the Rubenstein School October 2013
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Interim Dean Jon EricksonIt was my great honor to address our community on August 20th with our annual State of the School report and reflect on the accomplishments, momentum, and challenges ahead. The words of cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead certainly came to mind: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." Truer words couldn't be spoken about the Rubenstein School community.
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Professor Robert E. Manning Named First Steven Rubenstein Professor

Rubenstein Professor Robert ManningProfessor Robert E. Manning has been named the first Steven Rubenstein Professor for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. The three-year appointment will enable Professor Manning to devote a significant amount of his time over the next three years to several projects that will advance the school's interdisciplinary programs and extend his academic research, writing and teaching.
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Aiken Center Earns LEED Platinum

U.S. Green Building LEED Platinum awardThe University of Vermont’s George D. Aiken Center has earned a LEED platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest award the group confers. The Aiken Center is the first building on the UVM campus to receive the honor and the highest scoring LEED platinum building in the state.
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Sabbatical Report: Expedition to the Lost Valley of Old-growth in the Carpathian Mountains

Professor Bill Keeton with colleagues in the CarpathiansProfessor Bill Keeton reports on his sabbatical in the Carpathian Mountains of Europe: The great Carpathian forest has fascinated me for almost a decade, and sabbatical leave last spring provided a chance to continue long-standing collaborative research with scientists in Europe.
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Developing 21st Century Skills in the Field: UVM's Land Stewardship Internship Program

Mike Storace and Kristian MooreOn a steamy July day, mid-way through an official heat wave with temperatures in excess of 90 degrees, groups of students armed with clipboards, maps, hand-held data devices, and measuring tapes spread out among the downtown streets of Essex Junction, Vermont. They were there to record every tree within the public right-of-way for the town's Urban Tree Inventory project...
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$1 Million Gift from Alumnus to Establish New Professorship in the Rubenstein School

RSENR Board of Advisors member David BlittersdorfA $1 million gift commitment from alumnus David Blittersdorf will establish a new professorship in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont.
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RSENR's Successful Perennial Summer Internship Program Enters 3rd Year

Liz Bennett interns with an environmental consulting companyEager, professional, and skilled Rubenstein School students working with organizations and companies finding solutions for critical environmental issues. Could there be a better match?
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18-Year RSENR USDA Multicultural Scholar Program Continues to Develop Student Leaders

Maria Dominguez studies a snake in FloridaWhat might the youngest Vermont State legislator, a Program Officer for Climate and Environment with the Institute for Sustainable Communities, a recipient of the 2012 Alaska Conservation Leadership Award from the Student Conservation Association, and 25 other Rubenstein School alumni have in common? All 28 of these alumni were USDA Multicultural Scholars.
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