At Middlebury, sustainability is an integral part of how we teach, work, and play.

With innovative ideas from the campus community, a supportive administration, and the oldest undergraduate environmental studies program in the country, Middlebury provides a unique atmosphere to explore real-world problems. At Middlebury we have set milestones for carbon neutrality and renewable energy, for greening athletics, and for increasing local foods in our dining halls.


Bringing it all together

Located in the heart of campus, the The Janet Halstead Franklin ’72 and Churchill G. Franklin ’71 Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest serves as a hub for ideas and action. Home to the Dean of Environmental Affairs, the Sustainability Integration Office, and the Program in Environmental Studies, the Franklin Environmental Center provides support and coordination for campus initiatives throughout the college.

The Environmental Center at Hillcrest promotes sustainability both on campus and around the world, through lectures, campus events, and the support of programs like the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and the sustainable study abroad grants.

The weekly Howard E. Woodin Colloquium Series, sponsored by the Franklin Environmental Center, brings in broad range of speakers—students, faculty, alumni, and environmental professionals—to discuss conservation and environmental topics.

The building also exemplifies Middlebury’s commitment to sustainability with a LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council. More on the sustainable features of this building...

Interactive, real-time data for energy use and solar production in the Franklin Environmental Center

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753