Middlebury School of the Environment

A Summer Designed to Change Your Life - and Others'

You'll work with mentors and make connections to advance your career goals.

Middlebury’s prominence in environmental studies has produced a global network of alumni, parents, and friends who head environmental organizations, progressive businesses, government organizations, and educational and policy institutions. At the School of the Environment, you’ll work one-on-one with some of these leaders; all of them will become part of your network as you move forward in your education and career.

Why Middlebury?

  • Before the first Earth Day, Middlebury was teaching environmental studies. We innovated a liberal arts approach that explores the connections between the natural world and the human enterprise.
  • We know that environmental progress requires leadership, not just knowledge. Middlebury has helped numerous students discover and build their leadership, problem-solving, and communication skills through its MiddCORE entrepreneurial program. Over six weeks, you’ll fully engage in developing these skills and combine them with new scientific abilities and hands-on project experience.
  • At Middlebury, we have 100 years of experience in summer immersion programs. Our Language Schools and Bread Loaf School of English are world renowned for faculty and pedagogy, quality of experience, and life-changing results.
  • Middlebury is a small liberal arts college with a personal scale and an international scope. We have an acclaimed international studies program with 36 campuses in 16 countries worldwide; we're known for thinking globally.

Our Location

Middlebury’s campus lies in Vermont’s Champlain Valley. The valley features small towns, working farms and forests, and borders the vast Green Mountain National Forest. Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, is an hour away. Lake Champlain, the sixth largest lake in the U.S., forms the western edge of Vermont and the valley, and is fed by many local rivers and waterways. Just across Lake Champlain lie the Adirondack Mountains' millions of acres of protected forests and lakes.

Our Facilities

  • The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: Middlebury's LEED Platinum environmental center, used as the hub for the School's curriculum.
  • McCardell Bicentennial Hall: Our science building features modern laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment more often found in major research universities.
  • Renewable energy systems: Our suite of renewable energy sources, including an on-site biomass plant, solar array, and wind generator, supports the college's initiative to be carbon neutral by 2016.
  • The R/V Folger: Middlebury’s new research vessel is equipped for diverse scientific explorations in and along Lake Champlain.
  • Our community: Middlebury College has developed long-term partnerships with towns, residents, farms, businesses, and government agencies throughout the Champlain Valley and the state. Our neighbors know that Middlebury professors and students will work with them effectively to gather information they need and help create changes they want.

Our Commitment to Diversity

It's a fact of nature: diversity in any system produces greater strength and resilience.  Changing our environmental future is going to require ideas and involvement by people of every background and perspective, as well as active and effective cross-cultural communication by all. We welcome what you can bring to this important work.