The Vermont Cynic

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Strive to be sustainable in all ways

Staff Editorial

April 18, 2019


Filed under Opinion, Staff Editorial

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...

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Conserve Vermont’s nature, support new wildlife bill

Letter to the Editor

April 4, 2019


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Trapper, hunter and angler interests have long driven wildlife management decision-making through their influence on the Department of Fish and Wildlife. But after years of trying to convince the Department to allow the public to participate, Vermont Wildlife Coalition and key sponsors have crafted H...

New fashion magazine inspires activism

New fashion magazine inspires activism

Bridget Higdon, Culture Editor

May 2, 2018


Filed under Arts, Arts Regular, Culture

The Mt. Mansfield Room became part craft fair, part thrift store in honor of Earth Week. UVM Program Board and CARI magazine hosted a sustainable fashion show at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Davis Center. The fashion magazine was started by junior Naydeline Mejia and sophomore Amelia Dodds in Ja...

Students Demand Divestment

Students Demand Divestment

Staff Report

October 25, 2017


Filed under News

Student activists called upon the board of trustees to divest from fossil fuels in a silent protest Oct. 20. While the budget, finance and investment committee met, Student Climate Culture and Young Progressives entered Silentered Ballroom with signs demanding fossil fuel divestment. The students ...

Real Food Challenge reaches goal three years early

Real Food Challenge reaches goal three years early

John Riedel, Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2017


Filed under Campus, News

UVM has reached its real food challenge goal three years ahead of schedule.   Currently, UVM serves 21 percent real food, three years ahead of its goal of 20 percent by 2020. It has established a new goal of 25 percent by 2020. The achievement was announced April 17 by members of the real fo...

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

UVM recognized as one of the most “green” campuses

Letter to the Editor

April 15, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The University of Vermont recently received its second gold STARS award. STARS, or the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a system for universities worldwide to track and compare their sustainability efforts. STARS reports are broken down into six s...

Eco-Reps promote green UVM

Letter to the Editor

March 7, 2017


Filed under Letter to the Editor, Opinion

Dear Editor, The cover article titled "How Green is UVM?” published Feb. 22, has deeply resonated with me. While I agree that 20 percent Real Food is not where we should stop, the transition cannot happen overnight and exceeding 19% last year was a significant accomplishment. However, I...

Environmental Institute may replace Gund

September 21, 2016


Filed under Campus, News

A University-wide institute for the environment may soon replace the currently-standing Gund Institute. The Institute for the Environment will be a collaborative research facility based on the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development goals, Taylor Ricketts, director of the Gund Institu...

UVM Professor helps local farmers

Caroline Alkire

November 20, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

One UVM professor is changing the way farming is done in Vermont through her research with local farmers. Associate Professor Heather Darby and her team recently were awarded a $102,154 two-year grant from the Vermont Ecosystem Restoration program, according to UVM Extension. The UVM Extension ...

Renewable Energy Network hosts drone discussion

October 22, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

The Renewable Action Network hosted a talk centered on drones and their potential for use in several areas.The talk was hosted in the Aiken Center and was open to all students.The Renewable Energy Network is a student organization in the Office of Sustainability.Its goal is to help prepare students for ca...

Al Gore on the changing climate

October 13, 2015


Filed under Campus Life, Life

“We are counting on you,” said former vice president Al Gore to Vermont residents, the fifth-graders from the Sustainability Academy and UVM students in the Ira Allen Chapel Oct. 6.Gore’s lecture, “The Climate Crisis and The Case for Hope,” was a part of UVM’s Energy Action Seminar Series. “When someone as historically and politically relevant as Al Gore is g...

Bottled water ban does not reduce waste, study finds

Bottled water ban does not reduce waste, study finds

Jacob Holzman

May 14, 2015


Filed under Campus, News

 UVM's bottled water ban hasn't curbed plastic waste and ended up increasing unhealthy beverage sales, according to a new study.First put into place Jan. 1, 2013, the campus-wide ban of bottled water sales followed a four-year movement that brought pressure down on the university from both studen...

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