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Help send UMass to the White House - vote by midnight Saturday (3/3)!

by: eli_beckerman

Sat Mar 03, 2012 at 15:32:31 PM EST


Vote for UMass Permaculture as College Campus Champion of Change!

You have to sign in and thus provide your email address, and you may use all 3 votes to support the UMass project.

From John Gerber, Professor of Sustainable Food and Farming at UMass Amherst:


The UMass Permaculture Project was selected from among 1400 nominations as one of 15 finalists in the White House Campus Change Challenge.  After a week of online voting we were leading the nation (until yesterday), when the University of Arkansas got a story in USA Today and picked up thousands of votes.  We believe that with a last minute "push" we can retake the lead in the balloting.

If you are willing please vote for us here and ask a few friends to help us out.

Our students have done a terrific job trying to change the culture on campus to be more supportive of local food and farming.  This would be quite a tribute to their hard work.

VOTE UMASS Permaculture!

eli_beckerman :: Help send UMass to the White House - vote by midnight Saturday (3/3)!
More about the project:

UMASS Amherst Permaculture Initiative - Ryan Harb, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

The UMass Amherst Permaculture Initiative is a unique and cutting edge sustainability program that transforms grass lawns on the campus into diverse, edible, low-maintenance, and easily replicable gardens. Over the past two years students have create three community demonstration permaculture gardens that have engaged over 1000 students and more than a dozen local K-12 schools. Permaculture is defined as, "ecological design for sustainable communities that involves people working together to care for the planet." It is considered to be the most sustainable form of gardening and farming and UMass Amherst is currently the only public university in the country implementing new permaculture gardens directly on campus each year and using the food in the dining commons.

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Update: UMass ahead as of final tally (0.00 / 0)
When the voting closed, UMass led the pack by 59,841 votes to Arkansas' 57,118 votes, followed by Grinnell College in a distant third, with 28,783 votes.

Here's the update on their site:

The voting period for the first ever White House College Campus Champions of Change is now closed.

Thank you taking the time to vote for the projects you believe best embody the President's goal to win the future. Based on your input, the 5 winning projects will be announced by the end of Monday, March 5th. Winners and their guests will then be invited to an event at the White House on Thursday, March 15th where they will be honored for their innovation, determination, and engagement.

The 5 winners will also be featured by mtvU and MTV Act and be given the opportunity to host an episode of mtvU's signature program, "The Dean's List."

Again, we greatly appreciate your participation.



UMass wins! (0.00 / 0)
Read the article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

UMass wins! (0.00 / 0)
Read the article in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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