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

Green Study Abroad

May 15, 2008 – Sustainability grants are latest effort to make study abroad a "green" experience

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Middlebury College has added a new incentive to keep students thinking about environmental sustainability as they study abroad. The college awarded its first-ever sustainable study abroad grants this spring to assist students with research and projects related to sustainability. The program is co-sponsored by the college's Office of International Programs and Off-Campus Study, and the Office of Environmental Affairs.      ...more

A Guide to Carbon Neutrality at Middlebury College

April 14, 2008 – The MiddShift Implementation Working Group recently produced a short Guide to Carbon Neutrality at Middlebury College. The eight page document provides an overview of the the College's carbon footprint, its goal to be carbon neutral by 2016, why it set this goal, and how it is approaching the development of a roadmap for achieving it.

Powershift Vermont

April 12, 2008

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 .

Middlebury switches to 100 percent recycled paper

February 7, 2008

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.

Food Mapping

January 8, 2008

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.


Environmental Council Request for Proposals

October 28, 2007

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.

ZipCar Comes to Middlebury

October 18, 2007 – 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.

Hillcrest Environmental Center Celebration

October 15, 2007

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.

Willows for Biomass - Test Plot Planted

May 16, 2007

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.


Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753