Interview with Mez Baker-Médard

May 14, 2015

Meet Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Merrill “Mez” Baker-Médard and hear about her research and thoughts on the future of the Environmental Studies program. 

Power to the Students

May 14, 2015

A student-led winter-term course explored a redesign of the campus using microgrids, adaptive ways of wiring and powering communities.

Middlebury Sustainability News

Power Shift 2009

February 26, 2009

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.

Launch of New Biomass Plant

February 5, 2009

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.


January 14, 2009

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 2008

October 27, 2008 – 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.                        
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Carbon Neutrality Update- Oct. 2008

October 15, 2008 – 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.

Sustainability Grants Request for Proposals

September 30, 2008 – 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.

MiddView at Shelburne Farms

September 9, 2008 – As part of MiddView, Middlebury freshmen on the Sustainable Enterprises Tour visited Shelburne Farms to learn about sustainable agriculture. They also met up with environmental artist Jito Coleman, creator of the Firefly Project.


50-year campus master plan charts sustainable future

July 18, 2008 – MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - The Middlebury College board of trustees approved the most far-reaching and environmentally progressive campus master plan in the college's 208-year history at their annual May meeting. The plan, which was built on a foundation of sustainability principles, will guide the college's growth and development for the next 50 years.

Environmental Center dedicated to alumni Janet and Churchill Franklin

May 23, 2008

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - At a dedication ceremony on Friday, May 23, Middlebury College's environmental center was renamed the Janet Halstead Franklin '72 and Churchill G. Franklin '71 Environmental Center at Hillcrest. The afternoon event took place in the Orchard, the lecture hall on the first floor of the center. A reception followed the half-hour ceremony.

The dedication included remarks from Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz, who recognized the Franklins for their longtime service and commitment to Middlebury, and noted the importance the environmental center has for the college. "It is a reflection of our determination to incorporate environmental stewardship into every part of our curriculum and all of our practices on campus," said Liebowitz.


Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753