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Environmental Council

Environmental Council

For more than 20 years, the Environmental Council has played an active role in shaping Middlebury’s commitment to environmental and sustainability issues. The standing committee of students, faculty and staff members recommends policy, undertakes assessment and projects, educates the College community and advises the president.

Environmental Council 2020-21 Members

Comprised of a cross-section of students, faculty, and staff the Environmental Council meets monthly throughout the academic year with committee meetings in between to advise the President and to address sustainability matters of policy and practice.


Nina Fay Alizadeh ‘23

Malia Evelyn Armstrong ‘22.5

Nicholas (Nick) Brooke ’21.5

Qiting (Tina) Cai ‘23

Gabriella Rose Chalker ‘24

Katherine Renee DeFrancesco ‘23

Meg Elizabeth Farley ‘24

Ayusha Gautam ‘24

Isabelle Gorrivan ‘22

Valerie Andrea Gutierrez ‘21

Daphne Clementine Halley ’22.5

Jaden Veronica Hill ‘22

Valentina Hogenhuis ‘22.5

Lizzie Kenter ‘23

Julia Sky Keon ‘23

Jillian Paige Lessing  ‘21

Alexander Thomas (Alex) Price ‘22

Emma Ramirez-Richer ‘22

Ella Roelofs ‘23

Abigail A (Abby) Santis ‘23

Annabella Dowling Twomey ‘21

Katie van der Merwe ‘22

Francesca Whitecross ’23.5


Julia Berazneva, Assistant Professor of Economics

Alison Nurok, co-chair EC, Assistant Laboratory Professor in Biology

Dan Suarez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Raquel Albarran, Assistant Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies



Jack Byrne, co-chair EC, Dean of Environmental Affairs & Sustainability;

Director of Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Eva Fillion, Sustainability Specialist

Tracy Himmel Isham, Associate Director, Professional & Career Development

Meghan Williamson, Associate VP for Development

Lisa Winkler,, Asst. Dir./Analyst, GRASP

Environmental Council Reports and Recommendations

The Council regularly makes recommendations to the president on sustainability topics, plans for the future, and suggested objectives for offices and departments across campus.

2019-2020 Report

EC 2020 Final Report

2018-2019 Recommendations

PDF iconEC and SC 2019 Report to President

2017–2018 Recommendations

EC 2017-18 Report to President

2016–2017 Recommendations

EC 2016-2017 Report to President

2015–2016 Recommendations

PDF icon2015-16 Environmental Council Recommendations

2014–2015 Recommendations
- Environmental Council Briefing Report for President
2013–2014 Recommendations
- Environmental Council Divestment Brief
- Environmental Council Biomethane Report
- Environmental Council & Real Food Challenge Research