Middlebury Sustainability News


In keeping with its leadership in sustainability, Middlebury's Vice President for Academic Affairs, Alison Byerly, announced that the College has adopted a policy to use 100% recycled content (aka post consumer waste - PCW) , process chlorine free paper (PCF) in all printers and copiers and outsourced publications. The College has begun purchasing 100% PCW-PCF paper in place of the 30% PCW-PCF that it previously used for printers and copiers. The shift will see Middlebury reducing its consumption of trees, water and electricity by 300% compared with the 30% recycled content paper it has been using. The increase in cost would be as little as $100. This small difference in cost could be easily offset by a 1.5% decrease in current usage.


Originally the vision of a former student, the Food Mapping Project  is a cooperative effort between the Environmental Studies Department, Geography Department, Dining Services & the Middlebury College Organic Garden. The primary goal of the project is to help people visualize connections of their food system to the environment and help understand that the choices they make during meals everyday has an impact not only on the environment but also the local and national economy.



The Environmental Council is seeking proposals from Middlebury College students, faculty and staff for projects that will advance the College's efforts to create a more sustainable community. Proposals can be for as little as $25 and as much as $2,500. Any sustainability related proposal is welcome.


Middlebury College has signed an agreement with ZipCar, the world's largest car-sharing company, starting a program on campus designed to expand the transportation options available to students, faculty and staff.


From Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 25-27, several events will take place to celebrate the newly opened Hillcrest Environmental Center. Renovations to the building were completed in June, and the facility provides a new permanent home for the college's environmental studies program and office of environmental affairs. All events, including lectures, panel discussions and receptions, are free and open to the public.


Middlebury College President Ronald D. Liebowitz announced on Saturday, May 5, that the Middlebury College board of trustees has approved a plan to become a carbon neutral institution by 2016.


A new crop is growing in Addison County. The College recently planted 10 acres of farmland to the west of campus with willows in an experiment to see if willows are a good choice for a sustainble supply of wood fuel.


Welcome to the new environmental affairs website!  Poke around a little to get a feel for the new organization - we hope it will be more intuitive than the old site.  Check back here often for news about new content, upcoming events, and more.  Feel free to contact us with questions, concerns, and suggestions about new or missing content.


Located in the basement of Adirondack House, the Middlebury Bike Shop is a student-run, college-owned facility dedicated to promoting cycling on campus and teaching bicycle maintenance.  Support for the shop has been provided by the Environmental Council, Public Safety, and Facilities Services.

All members of the Middlebury College community are welcome.  After three FREE skills classes you'll be ready to start working on your own bike or any of the 100 that have been abandoned on campus over the years.  Fix one up and it's yours to keep!


Once again, we are putting our reputation on the line as a waste reducing, recycling leader by competing in RecycleMania. Last year we competed with 100 colleges and universities in this EPA sponsored contest. We finished first in food waste composting and placed in the top ten of five other categories. We were also #1 in four of 7 categories in our athletic conference (NESCAC).