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October 2020

Global Leader in Environmental Activism Bill McKibben Delivers Virtual Gentry Lectureship

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Founders, board members, and residents, Stokes and MaryJane Gentry are honored through the Gentry Lectureship

On Thursday October 22nd, global leader in environmental activism Bill McKibben gave the first of two speeches for Wake Robin’s annual Gentry Lectureship. Over 175 people, 150 residents and 25 Priority Depositors, from New England to as far as Denver, Colorado, listened to his talk over Zoom. After his talk, Mr. McKibben was happy to take questions and comments from the virtual audience.

For those who are unfamiliar, The Gentry Lectureship is named after Stokes and Mary Jane Gentry for their contributions as founders, board members, and residents of Wake Robin. The program was established in 2002 and has brought prominent figures from the government and economic sectors, as well as the fields of science, education, and the arts.

This year, residents organized the 2020 Lectureship around climate change and sustainability, creating a two-part program, “Crises and Change: Building a New Future in the Age of Climate Change.” The second speaker will be Mary Powell, former CEO of Green Mountain Power, who will make her address in December.

Former CEO of Green Mountain Power Mary Powell will address the Wake Robin audience this December

Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, and the founder of the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement. He has spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement via His book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change; and his latest is Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?

Bill McKibben spoke to the virtual Wake Robin audience

Mr. McKibben entitled his lecture, A Crisis Inside a Crisis: What COVID-19 Might Teach Us About  Dealing with Climate” and he argued “that we must do everything we possibly can right now”  and “disrupt in a large way” to combat climate change. Noting that the world has already passed certain tipping points, he maintained we must limit the global temperature increase only to 2 degrees Celsius and not let it go to 3 or 4 degrees, which would be uninhabitable for current civilizations. 

A former science journalist and current Wake Robin resident was deeply impressed. “I took a lot of notes because I felt he was giving a tremendous amount of information and educating us on critical issues. One point that really stood out was his mission to organize older Americans to advance climate change reforms.”

For its part, the Wake Robin Residents Association (WRRA) has two active groups that research, promote, and practice sustainable measures campus wide. The Greens Committee provides information on reducing energy use and works on community recycling and composting in coordination with Environment Services. Additionally,  The Wake Robin Climate Action Task Force examines electrical and water usage, and promotes ways to cut back on those and other wasteful behaviors that tax and harm resources.

Concluding his address, Mr. McKibben gave some hope to a community eager to play an active part in the climate change movement. “The most powerful lesson of all is that social solidarity is necessary, and our job as individuals is to be less individual. ” Wake Robin continues to demonstrate that spirit.

Gentry Lectureship Part II: Inspiring Leader and Former Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell

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Mary Powell, Gentry Lectureship Virtual Address, December 2020, Date and Time To Be Determined

Former CEO and Executive of the Year Mary Powell

Please join the Wake Robin community as we welcome Mary Powell, a transformative leader and former CEO of Green Mountain Power. She will conclude this year’s resident-organized Gentry Lectureship, “Crises and Change: Building a New Future in the Age of Climate Change.” Iconic climate change activist Bill McKibben addressed the Wake Robin community in the first part of the Lectureship series.

The event is free, but space is limited for Wake Robin residents and Priority Depositors. To learn more about what it means to become a Priority Depositor, and to reserve your space for the lecture, please call Sharon in the Marketing Department at 802-264-4279.

Mindful Organizing & Decluttering Webinar!

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Tuesday January 12th, 2pm EST on Zoom

Join Wake Robin for a very special virtual presentation on “Mindful Organizing & Decluttering.” This will be a 1 hour presentation with 30 minutes for Q&A.

To reserve your space and get the link, please contact the Marketing Department at 802-264-4279. We look forward to seeing you!

Meet the Linden Health Center Zoom Event

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“Meet the Linden Health Center” December 9th 2pm EST

Join Wake Robin’s Director of Health & Resident Services Meagan Buckley as she explains how the Linden Health Center functions, what services and treatments are offered, and describes some of the culture cultivated in the three neighborhoods of Spruce, Cedar, and Juniper. Some staff and Linden residents will also be in attendance to answer your questions.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please call Sharon in the Marketing Department at 802-264-4279 to reserve your space and gain access to the link.

Ask a Resident Panel Discussion

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“Ask a Resident Panel Discussion” November 18th 2pm on Zoom

Join current Wake Robin residents as they share their experiences and insight on living at Vermont’s only Life Plan Community. They will share what it’s like to live here and how their journey brought them to Wake Robin. There will be plenty of time for questions.

The event is free, but space is limited. Please call Sharon in the Marketing Department at 802-264-4279 to reserve your space and gain access to the link.


Bill McKibben delivers virtual Gentry Lectureship to Wake Robin

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Environmentalist leader Bill McKibben will share his sense of what we should be thinking as we come out of quarantine. His video lecture, “A Crisis Inside a Crisis: What COVID-19 Might Teach Us About Dealing with Climate” will be followed by a live Q&A. This is an exclusive online event for Wake Robin residents and Priority Depositors. The event is free, but space is limited. To learn more about becoming a Priority Depositor, contact the marketing team at 802-264-5100.