Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design at Middlebury

Photo of Sustainable Design at Middlebury The next time you walk across campus or into your favorite building, take a closer look: energy-efficient designs, the use and reuse of materials, and sustainably harvested wood can be found all over Middlebury. We’ve recycled entire buildings, installed lights that dim as the sunlight brightens, and, in 2008, the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest became the first LEED Platinum building in Vermont.




LEED Certified Buildings: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

We are proud to have 5 LEED certified buildings on campus!


3 South Street, President's House: LEED Platinum 2016

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Virtue Field House: LEED Gold 2016

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InSite: LEED Platinum 2015

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Squash Center: LEED Platinum 2014

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Franklin Environmental Center: LEED Platinum 2008

Other sustainable design elements on campus

Atwater Commons

With its green roof on the dining hall and innovative ventilation system in the residence halls, Atwater Commons is a cohesive example of multiple uses of greener energy.

Axinn Center

Located on the historic Old Stone Row quad, the 82,400-square-foot Axinn Center building project preserved the original neoclassical Starr Library and the modernist Shepley Pavilion Reading Room, and added 50,000 square feet of new space.

Davis Family Library

Opened in 2004, the Davis Family Library represents Middlebury’s approach to new construction with sustainable design—from lighting and landscape design to storm water management.

Franklin Environmental Center

Local materials, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified wood, groundwater exchange air conditioning, and solar panels are just a few of the sustainable features in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall

The environmental enhancements to McCardell Bicentennial Hall were considered across a 10–15 year period, rather than the more typical five-year period, allowing for more progressive design strategies.

Ross Commons

Originally designed by the architect to be made of cherry, the interior of Ross Commons was changed to more sustainable birch and beech wood at the urging of the College’s administration.

Local Green Wood

Middlebury regularly uses local and sustainably harvested wood in projects across campus.