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the global market and begin to under- stand how foods are grown and how ecological cycles play into their lives.” She maintains, “Colleges are influen- tial in the greater community, and by adopting sustainable campus opera- tions, they can ignite the necessary shift toward sustainable towns, cities, and societies.”

Reisner hopes to found her own farm, to sustain her family and edu- cate her neighbors. “I believe that all ecological problems today are caused by an ideological disconnect between humans and nature,” she says. “Gar- dening can remedy that problem by reminding people of simple, yet vitally important facts—which way is north, where the sun comes up, how much rainfall we get, what fruit is in season, and so on.” Another agro-venture is the rela-

tionship with the 9 Miles East farm in nearby Schuylerville. Owner Gordon Sacks says, “We started working with Skidmore to develop a community-supported agriculture program for students, faculty, and staff. Now the most popular job on the farm is delivering the Skidmore CSA shares on Friday afternoons. All the members on campus are excited to get their fresh produce.” He’s clearly delighted by the partnership: “Skid- more students and graduates work on the farm, Skidmore classes visit to see how we grow and cook, and we help the Skidmore community enjoy great local food.” He himself volunteered in the Skidmore garden by bringing his equip- ment and roto-tilling it this spring.


build something together.” Kellogg cites Skidmore Bikemore, which allows any

MOBILIZE AND TEACH ES professor Karen Kellogg (who hired Rogers and Willis in her capacity as associate dean for infrastructure, sustainabil- ity, and civic engagement) argues that “Skidmore has a re- sponsibility to increase students’ capacity to go do things in their postcollege lives that can make a difference in the world.” She describes Willis and Rogers as “amazing ambas- sadors who demonstrate a balanced perspective and a com- mitment to students. They appreciate different opinions and always look for a way to compromise and move forward, to help students learn how to make good choices. They have inspired the community to bond around sustainability initiatives and



member of the campus community to borrow a bicycle— anytime, for free—from a self-serve bike rack outside the li- brary. Begun several years ago, it helps reduce the use of fossil fuels, promotes healthy exercise, teaches street safety, and encourages exploration of the campus and its sur- roundings. A recent $20,000 grant from the Cargill Founda- tion helped revitalize the program this spring, supplying it with 20 new shaft-driven bicycles (no chains to tangle or break) and an electronic locking bike rack. Within two weeks, 75 people had borrowed bikes. Emily Durante ’15, a double major in environmental

studies and geosciences who manages the new Bikemore, was recently named a Newman Civic Fellow by the national Campus Compact, recognizing her many and wide-ranging activities in social issues and work toward positive change. She hopes Bikemore “will continue to set new standards for sustainable mobility, will bring groups together—whether students, faculty and staff, or visitors—and will open up opportunities for Saratoga Springs to offer a citywide bike- share program and additional bike and pedestrian trails to better connect Skidmore to parts of the community.” She’s looking toward work in urban transportation planning after Skidmore. Other transportation initiatives include fare waivers on

municipal buses between campus and downtown Saratoga, faculty-staff carpooling, an online ride-share board, and participation in the annual Bike to Work day. Sustainable Skidmore also helped establish the Skidmore

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