The Environmental Council manages an innovative grant program designed to inspire environmental leadership across the campus through sustainability initiatives. Funded in its pilot year from the Environment Council's own budget, President McCardell's intrigue with the program's potential resulted in generous support for the grant program for the next three years.
Thanks to the support of the Orchard Foundation beginning in 2011, and to support from President Ron Liebowitz prior to 2011, the Environmental Council is able to provide grants to Middlebury College students, staff and faculty.
Past projects include establishing a community bike shop, studying the wind potential at the Snow Bowl, developing the organic garden, assessing the potential support for hybrid vehicles in the college fleet, creating an inventory of campus trees, and creating biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil generated by dining services. See lists of projects by year in the menu to the left.
If an Environmental Council grant is not quite right for a project, or if it requires more funding than an Environmental Council grant alone can provide, there are many additional sources of funding for projects, internships, and research available. Click here for a list other options.