SIT launches public Sustainability Speaker Series

Date: October 26, 2017

Time: 1:30-2:30

Location: Rotch Building, Vermont Campus

School for International Training will launch its 2017-18 Sustainability Speaker Series with several public events this month, including free lectures on the SIT campus by well-known sustainability advocates including Tony Hillery of Harlem Grown, 350.org Board Chairman KC Golden, environmental anthropologist and researcher Tatiana Schrieber, and others.

This series is part of SIT’s ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability and education. It is funded in part by a $100,000 grant SIT received earlier this year from Windham Regional Commission to install a campus-based solar energy system, an outgrowth of SIT’s 2014 climate action plan, which aims to make the campus greener and more energy efficient. The grant is also supporting SIT’s efforts to expand community outreach and enhance curriculum at SIT Graduate Institute.

This month, SIT Graduate Institute launched two new MA degrees related to environmental sustainability: one in Climate Change and Global Sustainability and another in Global Leadership and Social Innovation.

In July, SIT joined a coalition of regional colleges to support a new “Ecovation Hub” aimed at bringing jobs, investment and visitors to the area in the wake of the closure of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. SIT, Greenfield Community College, Antioch University New England and Keene State College have pledged to provide education, training and support for efforts to enhance environmentally friendly industries and expertise.

Following is the full schedule of events for October. The speaker series will continue in spring 2018.

SIT Sustainability Speaker Series Fall 2017 Schedule

Climate Change and Social Action
1:30-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26
Rotch 108, SIT Vermont Campus

KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Solutions

Golden shapes policy and communication strategies with the goal of changing what's possible so we can do what's necessary. He served as special assistant to the mayor of Seattle for clean energy and climate protection, and as assistant director in Washington’s Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, where he directed the state’s Energy Policy Office. From 1989 to 1994, he was executive director of the Northwest Energy Coalition, a regional alliance working for a clean, affordable energy future.

Golden is a leader in the national climate movement, serving on the boards of 350.org (where he is interim board chair) and the US Climate Action Network. He has also been active in the utility industry, helping Seattle City Light become the first major carbon-free electric utility, and as a governor's representative to the executive board of Energy Northwest, a regional public power consortium. 

Golden was named one of Seattle Magazine's “Power 25” most influential people, and its #1 “Eco-Hero.” In 2012, he received the Heinz Award for Public Policy for his lifetime achievement as a climate advocate and policy architect. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a Kennedy Fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he received a master’s in public policy.

Secret of the Seasons Climate Co-Opera
7-8:30 p.m., Friday Oct. 27
Robert H. Gibson River Garden, 157 Main St., Brattleboro

secret seasonDonations benefit Strolling of the Heifers

Based on songs written by SIT Professor John Ungerleider and Bill Conley, the SOS co-opera is a reflective, participatory musical journey that engages the audience with the challenges that global climate change is bringing to our lives. 

Audience dialogue and thought-provoking songs are designed to move participants from fear and denial to hope and action in response to the threat of global warming. This special performance concludes with a question-and-answer session with KC Golden, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Solutions and Board Chair, 350.org. Sliding scale admission from $8 to $20 benefits Strolling of the Heifers’ year-round community initiatives. Tickets available at the River Garden from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturdays 12-4 p.m.

For questions or to request accommodations for events on the SIT campus, please contact Kate Casa at 802 258-3527