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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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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 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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Apr 20

Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City, Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Kristin Reynolds, Critical Food Geographer; Lecturer, Food Studies and Environmental Studies, The New School; Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Distinguished Visiting Faculty of Food Studies, University of Southern Maine.

Urban agriculture is increasingly considered an important part of creating just and sustainable cities. Yet the benefits that many people attribute to urban agriculture— fresh food, green space, educational opportunities—can mask structural inequities, thereby making political transformation harder to achieve. Realizing social and environmental justice requires moving beyond food production to address deeper issues such as structural racism, gender inequity, and economic disparities. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change. Through in-depth interviews and public forums with some of New York City’s most prominent urban agriculture activists and supporters, Kristin Reynolds and Nevin Cohen illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Addressing a significant gap in the urban agriculture literature, Beyond the Kale prioritizes the voices of people of color and women—activists and leaders whose strategies have often been underrepresented within the urban agriculture movement—and it examines the roles of scholarship in advancing social justice initiatives.

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