Middlebury

 

What's Middlebury's path towards neutrality?

Renewables

Biomass
  • Significantly reduces use of #6 fuel oil. Avoided the use of 1.3 million gallons of fuel oil 2013, saving $2 million in fuel costs.
  • Used 23,000 tons of wood chips in 2013.
  • Cut Middlebury’s carbon footprint by 66% in 2013, or 17,600 metric tons compared to 2007 baseline.
  • In the fall of 2013, the biomass plant ran for 16 weeks, the longest period of uninterrupted operation between routine maintenance yet.
Solar
  • The 147 kW Solar Farm produced 223,379 kWh in 2013.
  • The panels on The Franklin Environmental Center, Solar Decathlon's Self-Reliance, and the Farrell House produced 35,983 kWh in 2013.
Solar Thermal
  • Two solar thermal systems have been installed in student housing.
Wind
  • The 10k wind turbine at the recycling center produces 15% of energy needed for our recycling center.

Efficiency

Energy Improvement
  • Total cost of efficiency upgrades: $1,241,230
  • Annual resources savings: $454,833
  • Annual kWh savings: 3,400,478 kWh
  • 2012 projects included: exterior LED lighting, Pepin Gym lighting, Bicentennial Hall classroom lighting, Bread Loaf lighting, dishwasher replacement, CFA air-handling upgrades, and miscellaneous HVAC projects.

Education

Campus Sustainability Coordinators (CSCs)

Middlebury’s CSCs are a group of students dedicated to promoting sustainable living habits in the dorms and on campus. Through planning events and activities, CSCs educate and engage peers about ways to reduce their carbon emissions and understand their energy use.

Be Bright: Middlebury's Energy Literacy Campaign

In response to the need for greater campus-wide communication and education surrounding energy conservation, OSI launched the pilot project, Be Bright- Middlebury’s energy literacy campaign. The pilot campaign served as an opportunity to experiment with various modes of outreach and education to determine the forms of communication that successfully shift practices and perceptions in regard to energy use. OSI and CSCs will work together to launch another campaign in Spring 2014.

Snowbowl

In 2006 the Snowbowl became the first carbon neutral ski area in the country, purchasing carbon offsets from Vermont based Native Energy. Offsets cover ski area emissions plus estimated carbon emissions for skier travel to and from the Snowbowl.