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Franklin Environmental Center

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

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Housed in Vermont’s first LEED Platinum-certified building, the Janet Halstead Franklin ’72 and Churchill G. Franklin ’71 Environmental Center at Hillcrest serves as a hub of environmental and sustainable action and ideas.

Our Mission

Drawing on Middlebury’s foundational strengths—innovation, research, and the liberal arts—the Franklin Environmental Center seeks to shape a world in which humans, ecological communities, and economic systems can sustainably coexist. The Center engages students, faculty, and staff with emerging environmental challenges and creative, sustainable solutions; supports education and promotes the transference of teaching and learning beyond the classroom; and convenes discussions with diverse audiences on campus and beyond.

Office of Sustainability Integration

The Office of Sustainability Integration develops, implements, and supports sustainability initiatives that achieve environmental, social, and economic goals throughout the campus community, College operations, and the community at large.

Environmental Studies Program

If you are concerned about environmental issues at home and around the world, and want to gain knowledge and develop skills to address those problems, the Middlebury program in environmental studies is a good place to start.

Scholars in Residence

Coming soon.

New Perennials Project

Since 2018 New Perennials has been in residence at Middlebury College in Vermont. The College hosts New Perennials Director and scholar in residence Bill Vitek, a philosopher, educator and long-time collaborator with Wes Jackson and The Land Institute. The College and the surrounding Champlain Valley of Vermont serve as a classroom, laboratory, seed bank, and community to explore perennial thinking and action. In addition to developing courses, scholarly and curricular materials, the Middlebury Hub features engagement with community partners, crop testing at the College farm, an annual conference, and engagement with departments and programs across campus. Students and perennial practitioners come together to grow and root a network of perennial and diverse thinkers and doers.

Global Partnerships for Sustainability in Study Abroad

These study abroad programs are centered on sustainability-related programming and are currently being tested in pilot projects in Japan, China, Chile and Russia. Several Schools Abroad directors introduced the idea, which was developed collaboratively by the center, the Office of Sustainability Integration, and several departments on campus. Goals include increasing the capacity of Middlebury and host faculty to learn and teach about culture, environment, language, and society as viewed through a sustainability lens, as well as providing applied learning experiences.


Middlebury College works hard to uphold our commitment to sustainability across the curriculum. Click here to view courses that include a sustainability component.
Office spreadsheet iconSTARS Course Inventory Apr 2014 .xls

Office spreadsheet iconSTARS Course Inventory Apr 2014 .xls

Office spreadsheet iconSTARS Course Inventory Apr 2014 .xls