On August 26, Marlboro hosted the annual meeting of the Vermont Campus Sustainability Network, a group of sustainability coordinators from colleges and universities across the state. Seven colleges were represented, including University of Vermont, Green Mountain College, and Norwich University, and 17 people attended the meeting—one of the biggest meetings in recent years, contrary to expectations given Marlboro’s location far away from most other Vermont campuses. Attendees also included representatives from Efficiency Vermont, who sponsored the event.
After being welcomed by Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro president, the group discussed their experiences and campus initiatives in energy conservation, carpooling, socially responsible investing, and more sustainable food options. A highlight of the meeting was a visit to the Marlboro greenhouse and farm, where attendees learned about these student-initiated projects to bring more focus on local food at the college. Marlboro looks forward to further engagement with, and new ideas from, this network of like-minded campuses.