Middlebury Sustainability News
Hear what students have to say about their trip down to D.C. for Power Shift 09, where they joined thousands of college students to push congress to pursue a green economy and address climate change.
Sign up to compete in teams of five to reduce electricity use in your dorm rooms. Each team member gets a Power Strip Kit with a meter to track their electricity use and tools for conserving electricity. Teams participate for two weeks to measure the electricity they currently use and the amount they conserve. How much can you take off?
Eco-friendly truck hauls people and equipment trailer. With the help of an environmental grant, the Nordic ski team had their truck converted to run on waste vegetable oil.
Middlebury students joined thousands of young climate activists in Washington D.C. this past weekend for Power Shift. Participants held a rally on the capital steps and met with elected officials from all 50 states, urging congress to support renewable, clean energy and other initiatives to address climate change. With over 190 students attending, Middlebury had one of the largest groups of students from any school in the nation.
Bill McKibben will speak Feb. 19 at the launch of the College's biomass gasification plant. Join Middlebury in recognizing a key milestone on the way to carbon neutrality. The biomass plant will reduce our carbon footprint by 40% and switch half of our campus heating and cooling from fuel oil to a local, renewable resource.
Art, science, and nature merge together at the first installation of Firefly, an environmental art project where you can see wind blowing. Each small turbine powers an LED light that glows according to the intensity of the wind. At night, with many of these fireflies sprinkled over the landscape, the flowing patterns of the wind emerge. This week there will be three different evening installations, Thursday 1/15, Friday 1/16, and Saturday 1/17.
Bike Week, which runs from Oct. 27-31, was organized by Middlebury College senior Will Drucker. His goal is to have a fun community gathering and to raise awareness about reducing carbon emissions. This week's events culminate with the Halloween Bike Ride in which community members of all ages, both from the college and from the town, will ride 7.5 miles starting at Twilight Hall.
Middlebury College set the goal to be Carbon Neutral by 2016. Read the Oct. 15 update to find out what is being done to achieve this goal, including updates on the biomass plant, willow project, solar and wind energy, and the MSIWIG implementation teams.
The Middlebury College Environmental Council announced its request for proposals today. We are seeking proposals from students, faculty and staff that will advance the College's efforts to create a more sustainable campus and that will help advance its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.