On April 19th-21st, 2008 hundreds of high school and college students from across Vermont will converge on Middlebury College 's campus for the Power Shift Vermont conference. On Monday, the group will subsequently travel to Montpelier to demand climate solutions from legislators in the statehouse and Governor Douglas' office!
Power Shift Vermont 2008 will focus on providing Vermont college and high school students with the knowledge and tools they need to take action and find climate solutions. Through informative panels, interactive workshops, intense discussions, speeches by distinguished leaders, and our Action Day in Montpelier , we will take important steps towards a securing clean energy future and continuing sustainability efforts in the Green Mountain State .
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.
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.