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Environmental Initiatives

The Office of Facilities Services
collaborates with the Sustainability Integration Office, the Environmental Council, and various student organizations on numerous initiatives with the goal of integrating environmental stewardship on campus.



  • Operate a state of the art Biomass Gasification Facility.
  • Have adopted Sustainable Design Guidelines and building principles.
  • Achieved LEED Platinum Certification for the renovation of the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest; the first building in Vermont to achieve LEED Platinum, and the seventh in the nation under LEED NC 2.2 standards.
  • Developed nationally recognized Recycling and Composting Programs.
  • Have implemented Green Cleaning practices.
  • Received a 2008-2009 Middlebury College Environmental Council grant to install a community weather station.


For more information on these and other initiatives, please visit the Sustainability Integration Office.


Environmental Council Grant 2008-2009

Middlebury College Weather Station

Applicant(s): Tim Parsons (Landscape Horticulturist), Luther Tenny (Assist. Dir. of Facilities Services)

The weather station installed at the Dragone Track measures temperature, relative humidity, wind, rainfall, and barometric pressure, as well as soil temperature, leaf wetness, UV radiation, and soil moisture. The data collected is useful in multiple applications in grounds management, as well as classroom research. It assists in planning snow removal efforts, the timing and application of compost and fertilizers, and reducing the amount of irrigation for athletic fields. The weather station also tracks temperature for growing degree days which is used to predict the emergence of pest populations. By looking at leaf moisture and temperature, fungal pathogens that attack leaves and plants can also be controlled more quickly and safely.

From our Weather Station