Middlebury Sustainability News
This year all three sections of the senior seminar (ENVS 401) studied different aspects of renewable energy as it relates to Middlebury College and the state of Vermont. Students in the fall and winter focused on aspects of biomass gasification and its merits for carbon neutrality, while students in the spring term looked at options for solar power at Middlebury College and at the county and statewide level.
A group of Middlebury students became the first team from a small liberal arts college ever selected to participate in the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the Department of Energy. The students will be one of 20 teams to construct a solar-powered house of their own design for entry in the 2011 competition in Washington, D.C.
Students living in the campus environmental house served only locally produced food at their dinners this past year. Working during the summer, they preserved enough food to last them through the winter, supplemented by other local products, including flour and milk.
Members of the College community constantly find new and creative ways to advance sustainability on campus and beyond as we make strides toward carbon neutrality. This year, Middlebury created a new Sustainable Investment Initiative and the Environmental Council funded nearly $25,000 in campus projects. The College also continues to explore options to increase renewable energy.
The Initiative will include investments focused on sustainability issues such as clean energy, water, climate science, and green building projects.
John Elder gave the annual Scott A. Margolin '99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs, which was followed by a weekend of events related to nature, art, and creativity. John Elder, professor emeritus of environmental studies/English & American Literatures, retired after 37 years of teaching at Middlebury College.
New fuel source derived from dairy farm and food waste could bring college close to carbon neutrality.
Middlebury recieved an EPA merit award for our accomplishments in the national Recyclemania 2010 competition, which included 3rd place in composting.
Arbor Day celebration this Friday, May 7th. Learn about the trees on campus from college horticulturalist, Tim Parsons, and plant your own tree!
Environmental Council hosted a Grants Fair to highlight the many projects funded for the 2009-2010 academic year. Nearly $25,000 was awarded to members of the Middlebury community for campus sustainability projects.