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Student Groups, Initiatives and Committees

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Student Groups

Middlebury’s students are known for being active, engaged members of our community, with sustainability and environmental impact being an important aspect that unites them. If you want to get involved, take a look at some of our popular student groups below.

Middlebury College Organic Farm

The Middlebury College Organic Farm cultivates fruits, vegetables, and flowers on a knoll just west of the College on Route 125. Initiated and maintained by student energy and direction, the garden offers volunteer hours and internships. Contact: mcof@middlebury.edu

Middlebury Mountain Club (MMC)

Middlebury Mountain Club introduces students to the mountains and rivers of Vermont and upstate New York through backpacking, climbing, canoeing, and hiking trips every weekend of the year. 
Contact: mmc@middlebury.edu

Weybridge House

Weybridge House is the Sustainable Food Studies House located on the corner of Weybridge and College Streets. Weybridge serves as a space to cook, preserve, gather, and eat local food, both for students and the campus community. Contact: weybridge@middlebury.edu

The Bike Shop

The Bike Shop provides free help fixing and building bicycles of all kinds for students and other campus community members, as well as offering a bicycle rental program to promote green transportation. Contact: bikeshop@middlebury.edu

Student Government Association (SGA) Environmental Affairs Committee

The SGA Environmental Affairs Committee works on environmental issues relevant to students, faculty, and staff on campus. The group works with the administration and Office of Sustainability Integration to achieve a more environmentally friendly campus. Contact: sga@middlebury.edu

Sunday Night Environmental Group

The Sunday Night Environmental Group focuses on environmental problems and awareness on campus, particularly climate activism. Group meetings, held Sunday nights at 9 p.m. in the Château Grand Salon, are open forums for people to share project ideas and enlist help. Everyone is welcome. Contact: ltaranta@middlebury.edu

Juntos

In solidarity with local farm workers, JUNTOS strives towards a community in which all workers can lead a dignified life.

The Compañeros programs work with farm workers to acquire English skills and tools that promote farm worker independence. Through weekly visits, students and farmworkers form meaningful relationships and share experiences. JUNTOS promotes awareness about immigration issues on campus and nationwide while also building a sustained movement for just living and working conditions and hosting meaningful events on- and off-campus. Contact: juntos@middlebury.edu

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM)

Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring is a student organization at Middlebury College that aims to create community and connect people through food and food education. Our student-run group organizes volunteering events and classes with the purpose of both exposing young people to healthy local foods and food practices, and to acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with this life skill. The aims of our initiatives are to establish healthy eating and cooking habits and to raise awareness about nutrition and current food issues among the youth population.

Wild Middlebury Project

A place-based environmental movement that aims to unite youth around local conservation efforts, starting with a student organization in Middlebury. Contact: wildmidd@middlebury.edu

Initiatives

Socially Responsible Investment Club

The Socially Responsible Investment Club promotes social and environmental justice through Middlebury’s endowment, ensuring that these companies align with Middlebury’s environmental and social priorities. We have created a large separate endowment that only invests in environmentally and socially conscious companies, and we seek to promote transparency in the administration. These investments are one of the most direct ways that Middlebury affects the real world. Contact: Virginia Wiltshire-Gordon, sric@middlebury.edu

Billion Dollar Green Challenge (on hold)

The Billion Dollar Green Challenge encourages colleges, universities, and nonprofit institutions to invest a combined total of one billion dollars in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. Middlebury, one of the founding institutions, has a fund of $300,000 with a goal of raising an additional $700,000 to make it a $1,000,000 loan fund. Students, faculty, and staff can propose a project.

Green Panther Challenge (on hold)

This Green Panther Challenge is a student-led initiative created via collaboration with the Office of Sustainability Integration and Athletics to increase sustainable practices among athletes during sporting events. 

Campuswide Committees

Several committees tackle sustainability and environmental impact issues by bringing together faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

Environmental Council

The Environmental Council has worked together for 20 years to shape Middlebury’s commitment to environmental and sustainability issues by recommending policy, undertaking assessment and projects, and advising the administration.

Lands Advisory Committee

The Lands Advisory Committee consults with the Board of Trustees and the administration regarding important land-use decisions on the College’s lands.