We were very pleased to see that the Burlington Free Press named Bill McKibben “2012 Vermonter of the Year.” Vermont is a state chock-full of heroes and heroines, so we’re especially happy to see Bill recognized in this way, by neighbors, so to speak.

Some of the accomplishments they list are well known to many of you: three days in jail protesting Keystone XL, the 21-city Do the Math tour, founding 350.org. Some others may be less familiar: Bill has written more than a dozen books.

As a variety of Vermont based colleges and universities, including my alma mater Middlebury College (where Bill is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar), consider divestment, this couldn’t come at a better time. As the Free Press article mentions, Bill’s, and 350’s, message is certainly breaking through!

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