Middlebury Sustainability News
The debate over fossil-fuel divestment took a spirited turn on the Middlebury College campus Tuesday evening as proponents and skeptics traded evidence and impassioned arguments for and against selling off endowment investments in the oil, coal and gas industries.
The Burlington Free Press awarded Bill McKibben - author, activist, and Schumann Scholar at Middlebury College- 2012 Vermonter of the Year. McKibben continues to inspire members of the local community by kicking off 2013 with several speaking events at Middlebury College this January.
The Nation blog, Extra Credit, featuring campus oriented news, published this article focusing on divestment efforts at Middlebury College written by current students, Bronwyn Oatley and Kelsey Collins.
Students in chemistry professor Jeff Byers' first-year seminar, Smart Energy Choices, learn how convert French fry oil from Proctor Dining Hall into useable biodiesel.
Jordie Ricigliano (‘12.5) and Lany Khattiya (‘12) embarked on a journey last summer to discover what “local” means to communities across the country. Their travels, encounters, findings, and tastings culminated in an independent journalism project, Local Through the Mouths of Locals.
On October 24th Middlebury College celebrated Campus Sustainability Day with a local dinner provided by Dining Services in Ross and Proctor Dining Halls. Middlebury joined over 150 schools in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day, a tradition that began in 2003 with the intention of focusing one day on sustainability initiatives in higher education.
Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration Office, gave the welcoming address at the Vermont Rail Action Network (VRAN) annual meeting held at the Kirk Alumni Center.
On Saturday, October 20th, the R/V Folger was officially dedicated during a celebration at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes. Before arriving home to Lake Champlain in early September, the research vessel encountered an invasive species, the spiny water flea, which prompted a cleaning of the boat and a demonstration of environmental stewardship.
Last Saturday, Middlebury students, faculty, and staff attended the celebration at Shelburne Farms which featured Van Jones, president and cofounder of Rebuild a Dream, as the keynote speaker. Following Jone’s inspirational and energizing speech, he answered questions prepared by Middlebury students in Professor Jon Isham’s first year seminar, ”Social Entrepreneurship and Social Justice”.
How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Following an orientation barbecue for the class of 2016, the Sustainability Office hosted the first Carbon Neutrality Dessert Social, a creative effort to get new students engaged in campus sustainability initiatives.