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September 2011 Newsletter

In this month's issue:


Sustainability Faculty Fellows Call For Applications

The application call is out for the third UVM Sustainability Faculty Fellows (SFF) Program cohort. This fellowship is supported by the Office of the Provost. Fellows will receive $400 toward professional development to support their teaching initiatives in sustainability. We are seeking faculty from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives.

View fellows from last year and 2009-2010.

» Go straight to the application instructions

Fellows Program Description

The SFF Program seeks to develop a learning community—a multidisciplinary faculty cohort engaged in a yearlong exploration of sustainability, the scholarship of teaching, learning, collaboration and community building.

The cornerstone of this program is a two-day January institute, held at the scenic Orchard Cove House at Shelburne Farms and UVM’s GreenHouse Residential Hall. The program will be rooted in our campus and regional landscape. Fellows will engage in a rich mix of dialogue, reflection, writing, and critical thinking to explore how sustainability concepts can be integrated into their teaching.

Four major topics will be addressed:

  • Definitions of sustainability
  • Course design strategies
  • Interdisciplinary thinking and teaching
  • Student learning and attitudes about sustainability

Office Of Sustainability Full Of New Faces For The Fall

In the last few months there have been a number of fresh faces wandering around the UVM Office of Sustainability (OoS). The OoS has three new fellows and four new interns for the Fall Semester. The group brings a wealth of education, experience, and passion.


Katharan Blofson
Education & Outreach Fellow, Clean Energy Fund

Kate is a Master’s student in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources and an Education and Outreach Fellow focusing on the Clean Energy Fund. She has a BA in English from Yale University, and has worked a variety of jobs from teaching in the Philadelphia schools to sailing the Eastern seaboard. For the past few years, she has worked with the Prometheus Radio Project to build and advocate for low power community radio stations. She is captivated by bees, wooden boats, and participatory community media, among other interests.

Steve Posner
Sustainability Fellow and Eco-Reps Program Coordinator

The UVM Eco-Reps Program trains student leaders who model and promote environmentally responsible behaviors on campus. As program director, Steve manages the program, organizes student activities and projects, and leads the group as they foster sustainable living on campus. He also assists with teaching ENVS 187 Campus Sustainability and developing campus energy projects, such as strategies for managing greenhouse gas emissions from lab buildings.

In 2009-2010, Steve was an Energy Education Fellow with the UVM Office of Sustainability, a position through the Accelerating Campus Climate Change Initiative. He earned a B.S. in physics and astronomy from Haverford College, studied science education at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, and earned a M.S. in natural resources from University of Vermont where he conducted research on sustainability indicators and ecosystem valuation with the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

Tarah Rowse
Networking Fellow

Tarah is a Ph.D. student in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and a Networking Fellow with the Office of Sustainability. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University and a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to studying at UVM she was living in Washington, D.C., working on energy policy at The Nature Conservancy, with a focus on renewable energy development and energy development mitigation. Additionally, Tarah has worked with the Department of Homeland Security in the area of risk development, acted as a political campaign manager for a state Senate race, and completed two years of Peace Corps Service in Belize as an environmental educator.


Left to right: Leigh Corrigan, Ty Bereskie, Tucker Bean, and Craig Powers


Leigh Corrigan
Vermont Campus Sustainability Network Communications Intern

Leigh is a junior Economics major with an Environmental Science minor. In addition to her role as an Eco-Reps student leader she will be supporting the coordination of the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network (VCSN). Leigh will be contributing to the VCSN newsletter by writing articles and taking photographs, as well as maintaining the VCSN website. She will reach out to Vermont campuses to support statewide sustainability efforts.

Ty Bereskie
Media Intern

Ty is a Senior Environmental Science student with an Ecological Design concentration. He has chosen to work with the OoS to spread the word about all of the positive changes being made around campus.  He hopes to help showcase how UVM is doing more than “greenwashing” by becoming a more environmentally conscious and responsible institution. Ty believes sustainability is key to the future and there is no better time or place to dive into it than right here and now at the University of Vermont. Ty will be editing and posting website content, digital photographs, and videos of campus sustainability related events to help promote the OoS and the Clean Energy Fund. He will also be developing multimedia presentations such as an interactive campus sustainability map.

Tucker Bean
Communications Intern

Tucker is a junior political science major with a minor in history and in holocaust studies. More specifically, he is hoping to learn more about environmental politics and policy through his work with the OoS. He will be working on promoting the monthly environmental forum and contributing to the Office of Sustainability Newsletter. He hopes to employ his hobby of photography in some of his Office of Sustainability work. Tucker previously worked for UVM in Facilities Design & Construction on the University Heights Student Residential Learning Complex.

Craig Powers
Communications Intern

Craig is a Master’s student and graduate teaching assistant in Statistics. He holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Teaching from Washington State University. Craig has worked as Managing Editor for a sports website for 2 ½ years and contributed to the blog. Since finishing up at WSU he has worked in the social services, coordinating care for the developmentally disabled and helping at-risk teens form and reach their educational goals. Craig will be promoting the monthly Environmental Forum and contributing to the OoS Newsletter.

-Compiled and written by Craig Powers

Announcing The September Environmental Forum

Transportation at UVM: Highlighting the UVM Bike Share Program

Wednesday, September 21 @ 2pm
Davis Center – Jost Foundation Room

2:00    Introductions, announcements
2:10    Update from OoS: Summer projects, new Fellows, 2011-2012 workplans
2:30    Presentation from the Bike Users Group (BUG) on bike sharing at UVM
3:15    Update on transportation projects by Jim Barr, Director of Transportation & Parking Services: Carshare, Megabus, Blirpit, Grant for compressed natural gas buses
3:45    Other business
4:00    Finish

The Bike Users Group (BUG) will be giving a presentation on the bike sharing program at UVM. The BUG’s goal is to increase bike accessibility, knowledge, and infrastructure for the shared benefit of our physical and environmental health. BUG aims to provide a bike sharing program and student run bike shop where everyone from bike enthusiasts to beginners can find education on bike maintenance, safety, and the benefits of emission-free transportation. The BUG has recently opened a bike shop on campus where students can have their bikes repaired, learn to do it themselves, or volunteer to help.

In addition to bicycles, other forms of transportation will be discussed at the forum. Information will be presented about the Campus CarShare program available at UVM, the new Burlington MegaBus service, and a new way of tracking bus service called Blirpit. The Environmental Forum will be a great way for UVM students, faculty, and staff to find out how to make their daily commute easier, more fun, and more environmentally friendly.

Bike Coupon From The Safe Streets Collaborative

Ever wonder what the deal is with bikes and stop signs? What about crosswalks – who gets to go and when? And what’s the best thing you can do to not get hit by a car at night?

Get answers to these questions and many more online at, a project of Local Motion, UVM, and other partners. You’ll find the rules of the road in plain English, along with some resources for staying safe as you walk, bike, or drive around campus.

If you need a new bike helmet, a reflective vest, some bike lights, or any other safety gear, Local Motion can help! Click here to download a $6 coupon that is good at any of the outdoor shops in the area. Being visible is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you don’t become a statistic.

The bottom is a two-way street. If you’re on foot and want cars to let you cross, do your part and make sure you’re visible. If you’re on a bike and want cars to give you space, try following the same rules as cars. And if you’re driving and want pedestrians to wait for the signal, play nice and don’t run the red light. Give respect to get respect:


Clean Energy Fund Call For Ideas

The Clean Energy Fund (CEF) seeks participation from students, faculty and staff for its annual Call for Ideas. The CEF generates $225,000 each year from a student fee to implement renewable energy projects on campus. As the University moves towards climate neutrality, the Clean Energy Fund presents a unique opportunity for the university community to engage with energy issues and learn about renewable energy technologies.  We welcome ideas for installation projects, curriculum and classes, and other innovative educational tools focusing on renewable energy. 

Submit your project ideas—and comment and vote on ideas—by visiting:

The Ideas Collection process closes on November 15, 2011.

Our Clean Energy Futures Lectures/Workshops series is seeking proposals as well:

For more information, contact:

Kate Blofson, Clean Energy Fund Fellow |  (802) 656-0895