POULTNEY, Vt. - Green Mountain College goalkeeper Carl Diethelm (Asheville, N.C.) was awarded the prestigious North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Senior Scholar-Athlete in a release by the conference office on Tuesday morning. The senior goalkeeper also was awarded with a place on the All-Conference Sportsmanship Team.
NAC All-Conference selections are determined by a vote of the conference coaches.
On the field, Diethelm has been a three-year member of the men's lacrosse program as the team's starting goalkeeper. Over his career he has established program records for wins in a season and ranks among the top five in minutes played, saves and goals against average since the College affiliated with the North Atlantic Conference in 2008-09. He also is the winningest goalie in Green Mountain College history since the Eagles joined the NAC. Diethelm was the starting goalie for the program's first-ever trip to a NAC Championship game in 2015.
Diethelm's contributions extend to the campus community as well and he has been an integral part of the College reaching its sustainability goals and carrying out its mission.
Known as "Compost Carl", Diethelm has exhibited his passion for reducing food waste and promoting food justice. He led a successful effort on campus to reduce post-consumer food waste from 800 pounds in a week to 600 pounds. He also worked with Chartwells (the College's dining hall provider) to redistribute food that can't be served in the dining hall to local people who need it.
His commitment to tackling the post-consumer waste challenge is recognized beyond the boundaries of the GMC campus. In 2016, Carl was one of just 60 students nationwide to earn a coveted Udall undergraduate scholarship. The Udall scholarship is offered to college sophomores and juniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership and action on environmental justice issues.
As the President of the Student Campus Greening Fund, he is in charge of directing funds to proposed projects on campus. Carl is also the Sustainability Office Manager where he recruited, hired and supervised a team of nine student-workers as well as conducted three waste audits.
As the Organics Outreach Coordinator, Diethelm notified over 100 restaurants about Vermont Act 148: Universal Recycling law requirements for composting. Four of his articles were published in the local Mountain Times newspaper to raise awareness about the different requirements of the law. He hosted a backyard composting panel that brought 40 residents and experts to discuss how to improve their compost systems and comply with Act 148. For additional outreach, he created an informational video that was broadcasted on the public news station and initiated a website update.
As a Waste Diversion Specialist he oversaw compost and recycling transport to proper locations. Under his guidance, the office diverted over 50 tons of recyclable and compostable material during his two-year tenure. Diethelm implemented Project Clean Plate, which resulted in a 25% reduction of weekly post-consumer food waste from students.
These examples are merely a portion of what Carl has contributed to the College during his time at GMC. With a degree in hand after just three years, he will soon begin his post-secondary education career working in the materials management industry.