How does Middlebury equip its students to be tomorrow’s environmental leaders? It’s simple: we enlist the help of today’s preeminent thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and visionaries.
Each year, the Franklin Environmental Center invites a thought leader from any number of backgrounds—from business to nongovernmental organizations to the humanities—to participate in a short residency on our bucolic Vermont campus. The goal? Create an intellectual ecosystem where ideas and knowledge flow freely, where no question goes unasked. Each individually tailored Residency might entail two to three days of lean-forward conversation, classroom visits, informal discussions, and a keynote lecture. Residents may drop in on an environmental literature seminar, conduct an industry Q&A for student entrepreneurs, or find themselves discussing climate policy with faculty members and others over dinner. The Residencies are designed to enrich Middlebury’s culture and community—to allow students, faculty, and staff to benefit from the expertise and passion of working professionals.
In turn, Residents become lifelong ambassadors for Middlebury. They serve the College by connecting our students with their professional networks in meaningful ways that broaden students’ exposure to and relationships with other experts in their field. Meaningful collaborations, such as paid student internships, have resulted from these unique and prestigious Residencies.
The annual Franklin Environmental Center Residency is hosted through the Dean of Environmental Affairs Office.
2011 - Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Yogurt founder
2013 - Mark Tercek, Nature Conservancy CEO
2014 - Gary Nabhan, noted author, farmer and seed saving advocate
2015 - Van Jones, CNN correspondent, bestselling author, founder and president of Dream Corps