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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 be on track to be carbon neutral in 2016.

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Organic Farming

Middlebury’s Organic Farm promotes awareness of issues surrounding food production and provides endless opportunities for instruction and hands-on learning.

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Sustainable Design

Walk across campus. Duck into a favorite building. And take a closer look. You’ll find energy-efficient design, reused materials, and sustainably harvested wood all over Middlebury.

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Students Help Design Native Rain Garden

Students Morgan Raith '16.5 and Sage Taber '16, along with campus horticulturalist Tim Parsons, designed and installed a native rain garden outside of the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest to help with stormwater management.

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The Upstart Start-up Middlebury Foods (video)

A student-run nonprofit hopes to change the food system by selling fresh food at deep discounts to the local community.

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President's House Earns LEED Platinum Certification

The U.S. Green Buildings Council awarded the recently renovated building its highest ranking.

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Dec 07

Local Culture, International Treaties: The Effect of Norms on Global Environmental Governance

Kemi Fuentes-George, Department of Political Science, will present this talk at the Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series.

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Dec 08

ENVS 0401 Senior Seminar Presentations

All of the projects for this semester’s environmental studies senior seminar deal with overlapping facets of Vermont’s Dairy Industry. Vermont continues to produce 63% of all the milk in New England, between 6,000 and 7,000 jobs are tied to the dairy industry in Vermont, and over 80% of Vermont’s farmland is devoted to dairy and the crops grown for dairy feed (this represents 900,000 acres or 15% of Vermont). Addison County (where we are located) represents the largest percentage of milk sales statewide.  While Vermont dairy is an extremely important economic force and an undeniable part of the state’s cultural identity, it is not without challenges.  These include water quality challenges, intensive energy use & high energy prices, complex labor and immigration issues, generational farm transitions, and volatile milk prices.  The four projects for this seminar will explore each of these pressing issues with partners from UVM-Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Migrant Justice, and Green Mountain Power.  For more details on the projects and our partners, click here.

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Academics and Research

Infographic on Academics and Research

With innovative ideas from the campus community, a supportive administration, and the oldest undergraduate environmental studies program in the country, Middlebury provides an inspired and energetic atmosphere in which to explore real-world problems.

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2014 Energy use (for heating/cooling)

Barchart displaying biomass information

Middlebury is the first higher education institute of significant size to be on track to meet its goal of carbon neutrality by 2016, and that reduction is largely due to the completion of the biomass gasification facility in 2009.

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