The Vermont Cynic

Board must listen to students’ demands

Meg Trogolo

February 6, 2020

UVM’s board of trustees has a listening problem. UVM students have been organizing in favor of divestment from fossil fuel companies for years, with the environmental club Organize leading the movement in recent months. However, the board voted against divestment during their October 2019 meeting and ...

Citizens try to save Burly’s tree canopy

 The Branch Out Burlington! sign stands in front of a backdrop of trees on the UVM Horticulture farm, Nov. 15. The organization grows and plants trees throughout Burlington.

Emma Adams, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Burlington is defined by its lush green foliage. However, local arborists say the signature  trunks and leaves of Vermont need citizen help.  Branch Out Burlington! is an organization that seeks to nurture and expand the city’s leafy canopy. Volunteers help plant and maintain the health of ...

Alumni, push divestment

Alumni, push divestment

Letter to the Editor

October 8, 2019

By Benjamin Silverman '10 I am a 2010 alumnus from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in economics. It was with great displeasure that I read in the Oct.1 Cynic article about how the UVM board of trustees has no intention to move towards fossil fuel divestment. While Richard Cate, who is no...

Spread environmentalism on campus

Spread environmentalism on campus

Izzy Abraham

May 5, 2019

As conscious newsreaders and tree-huggers UVM students are some of the most environmentally-friendly in the country. Our everyday habits are notably green, and we both boast and joke about how UVM is one of the most compost-friendly campuses around. But how do we spread our impact? How do we make up for the commu...

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Say no to single use plastics and fossil fuel

Chris Harrell

May 2, 2019

The University of Vermont is known for being green. It’s in our school colors, our environmental sciences and studies programs and our track record for environmentalism. But I’m concerned the University isn’t taking climate change, and the University’s contribution to it, seriously enough. There...

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2019

While UVM is very conscious of the environment, we must aim higher and acknowledge our faults to be truly sustainable. Though we tout our lack of plastic water bottles and compost bags available in our residence halls, there are still environmental and sustainable blind spots. For example, the Univer...

Guilt tripping to save the earth

Guilt tripping to save the earth

John Strek

April 28, 2018

We live in a world where environmental negligence is commonplace. Just look at what we’ve done. Disasters like the Sanchi oil spill this January or the Keystone Pipeline leak in November 2017  seem more grave than past disasters. Infrastructure, including building construction, transportation and electr...

Water bottle ban dampens environmental objective

Water bottle ban dampens environmental objective

James Simpson

September 1, 2017

In 2013, UVM took a leap in its pro-environment crusade by ending the sale of bottled water on campus. While the intentions of SGA were noble, it is time to rescind the measure and finally recognize it as the failure it is. As reported by NPR, the number of single-use plastic bottles s...

Chinese officials study Lake Champlain

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Seagulls rest on posts along the Lake Champlain shorefront. The lake and its ecology are being studied as an example of how China can improve environmental regulations.

Joey Waldinger, Staff Writer

March 29, 2017

Following their interest in Vermont's environmental laws, a team of Chinese researchers and government officials visited Burlington at the beginning of March. This delegation, which was representing the School of Law at Fudan University in Shanghai, studied how Vermont has drafted laws to clean ...

For a carbon pollution tax

March 24, 2015

Dear Editor,Climate activists and liberal policy makers often cite the harm that climate change will cause to future generations, saying that our children and grandchildren will feel the drastic effects caused by our neglect to act. Forty years ago this may have been true.Today, those children and gra...

Designing a greener world

February 3, 2015

In the environmental school at UVM it seems like we often hear the same messages over and over again. The earth is warming, biodiversity is being lost, the population is 7.2 billion and counting—but there are also a number of ways these things can be resolved.I do think there is something missing ...

Why we need Keystone XL

November 18, 2014

In the waning hours of Nov. 4, it became clear that a runoff election would be needed to determine who would report to Capitol Hill for the upcoming term as the Senator from Louisiana. The current Sen.Mary Landrieu came up with a simple solution: get the Keystone XL pipeline to be approved by the Demo...

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