With support from students, faculty, staff, and administrators, Middlebury set the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2016. We aim to achieve neutrality through energy conservation and efficiency, renewable fuel sources, technology innovation, education, and as a last option, the purchase of carbon offsets.
Each year we conduct a greenhouse gas inventory, tracking emissions from five sources: heating and cooling, college-funded travel, waste, electricity, and college-owned vehicles. In order to reach our goal we need to reduce emissions associated with these sources.
Read the winter 2014 carbon neutrality update from the Director of Sustainability.
Energy and Climate Change
Here at Middlebury we are increasing our use of renewable energy and improving energy conservation to reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2016. This huge undertaking involves students, staff, and faculty from across the college.
In addition to recent campus projects such as the new biomass gasification plant and energy efficiency upgrades in McCullough and Proctor, many others are working on these issues. The Snow Bowl is the first carbon neutral ski area in the country, Facilities Services uses sustainable landscape practices, and alumni are at the forefront of climate activism.
Climate change poses a great threat to our planet. By reducing carbon dioxide emissions on campus we will limit our own contributions to this problem, and we hope to inspire others to do the same.