Middlebury Sustainability News

Sustainability class being offered at Alumni College

July 15, 2010

Join alumni, parents, and friends at Bread Loaf this August for Alumni College XXXV. One class being offered is Sustainability at Middlebury College, and Beyond, taught by Jack Byrne and Stephen Trombulak.

Senior seminar investigates renewable energy

June 15, 2010

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.

Middlebury team selected for Solar Decathlon

July 1, 2010

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.

Student house eats all local, all year

July 1, 2010

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.

Highlights from Middlebury's sustainability initiatives

July 1, 2010

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.

Celebration of nature and the arts in honor of John Elder

July 15, 2010

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.

Want to get your hands dirty?

May 5, 2010

Arbor Day celebration this Friday, May 7th. Learn about the trees on campus from college horticulturalist, Tim Parsons, and plant your own tree!


Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

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Middlebury, VT 05753