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News Marlboro College Participates in Nationwide Teach-in on Climate Change

Event kicks off new “Greening From the Heart” environmental initiative on campus

MARLBORO, VT – (January 24, 2008) – Marlboro College is introducing its new “Greening From the Heart” environmental awareness campaign with an event that allows them to think globally and act locally in response to climate change.

Students, faculty and staff at the school will join millions of others on campuses across the nation in a live, interactive webcast about climate change at 8:00 pm Eastern, on Wednesday, January 30, led by Stanford University climate scientist Steven Schneider, sustainability expert Hunter Lovins and green jobs pioneer Van Jones.

The nationwide event is being organized by Focus the Nation, a non-profit based out of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, whose goal is to engage students and citizens with political leaders and decision-makers in a meaningful discussion about the impact of climate change on this generation.

The teach-in continues on Thursday, January 31 with a series of on-campus presentations and discussion sessions between students and faculty, closing with a presentation by Outdoor Program Director, Randy Knaggs about “Greening From the Heart.”

greening logo Knaggs says the name of the initiative comes from a series of planned projects that begin at the center of the campus, with the goal of carrying the momentum over to other corners of the Marlboro community.

“Schools that have led successful campaigns generally find that 80% of the effort is directed at behavioral change. The facility and infrastructure change, while a smaller component of the campaign, is key because it provides the rallying point and every present reminder of the need to change behaviors,” says Knaggs.

The first project has been underway since last fall, when lumber for the construction of the Outdoors Program building was sustainably harvested using horse-drawn logging techniques. Students, faculty and staff will take part in the lumber milling during the Spring 2008 term, while students arriving for the Fall 2008 semester will participate in a “raising the barn” orientation trip in August.

Additional projects include energy audits of campus buildings, creating a gathering space at the center of campus, and investigating the use of solar, hydro and wind for reducing the school’s impact on the electrical grid.

For more information about Greening From the Heart or Focus the Nation, please contact the Marlboro College Public Relations office at 802-251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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