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Carbon Neutrality Success!

Middlebury successfully reached its 2016 carbon neutrality goal, attaining a net zero carbon footprint by balancing the carbon emissions it releases with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset.

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A Decade of Commitment

From a student initiative in 2007 to years of hard work by the entire campus community, Middlebury’s carbon neutrality efforts are something we can all feel proud of. Watch the story behind the success.

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The Power of Biomass

For more than a decade, carbon reduction has been a community-driven initiative. Middlebury is the first higher education institute of significant size to meet its goal to be carbon neutral in 2016.

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News

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Middlebury Receives Award for Carbon Neutrality

Second Nature recognizes institution’s climate leadership in higher education.

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President’s House Wins Award for Energy Efficiency

Renovation project increases sustainability and retains historic character.

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Middlebury Ranks Fifth Nationally for Sustainability

AASHE's 2016 Sustainable Campus Index recognizes top-performing colleges and universities.

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Student Podcast Explores Vermont Dairy Farmers’ Challenges, Strategies

A group of students in an environmental studies class interviewed nine local farmers for a project they named CowTalk.

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Apr 06

Historical marine ecology: Informing the future by learning from the past, Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Loren McClenachan, Elizabeth and Lee Ainslie Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, Colby College

The field of historical marine ecology developed from the fundamental observation that marine ecosystems had been changed by human actions long before scientists began to study them. This talk will give examples of my own historical ecology research, with a focus on in coral reef ecosystems, and ways in which knowledge of past ecosystems can be applied toward conservation.

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Apr 07

Just Transition Climate Justice Symposium

The second session of Middlebury's Just Transition Climate Justice Symposium will feature a panel on Resistance to Climate Change both Local and Abroad: from Indigenous land rights to justice in the city. Come by to listen to panelists Anthony Rogers Wright (Policy and Organizing Director, Environmental Action), Nicholas Reo (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College), Gina Cosentino (Social Development Specialist, World Bank), and Erica Morrell (Mellon C3 Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology, Middlebury College) speak on climate justice and current affairs. A keynote address given by Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth (co-sponsored by the GSFS department) will be held the following week. 

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Apr 11

Provoking Evolution: How the Planet Can Make the Best Use of Us

Brooke’s life has been one of adventure and wilderness exploration. His conservation career spans thirty years, most recently with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, and he has an MBA in sustainable business. Brooke is a freelance journalist with four books, including Halflives: Reconciling Work and Wildness, and dozens of articles. His most recent work, Open Midnight, documents Brooke’s exploration of places where the outer and inner wilderness meet. He and his wife, writer Terry Tempest Williams, and their dog, Winslow, split their time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Sponsored by Franklin Environmental Center, Department of English and American Literatures, Creative Writing Program and Program in Environmental Studies

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Apr 13

The Power of Peers: How Transnational Advocacy Networks Shape Protest on Climate Change, Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Jennifer Hadden, Assistant Professor, Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland

What explains why some NGOs adopt protest tactics while others do not? Hadden argues that the tactical choices of climate change NGOs are shaped by their embeddedness in transnational advocacy networks. Specifically, she finds that NGOs are more likely to adopt protest tactics when adjacent organizations – those with whom they have direct ties – have already done so. Qualitative evidence also shows that NGOs are affected by relational pressure from their peers, altering their perception of costs and benefits. These findings enhance our understanding of how networks influence the behavior of actors and offer insight into the relational processes that generate protest in global politics.

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