Policies to reduce our carbon footprint
Efforts to reduce Middlebury’s carbon footprint began in 2002. Out of this effort came a 2004 Trustee resolution to lower carbon emissions to 8% below 1990 levels by 2012. Many projects proposed by this task force have been implemented, including an $11 million cogeneration heating plant powered by woodchips.
Then in October 2006, students challenged the college to increase its efforts, proposing a new goal of carbon neutrality by 2016. At the request of the Trustees, students worked with faculty and staff to develop potential strategies to reach carbon neutrality. Through detailed presentations to the Board of Trustees, this group convinced the Trustees to increase their commitment for carbon reduction and pass a resolution to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016.
The 2007 carbon neutrality resolution aims to achieve neutrality through energy conservation and efficiency, renewable fuel sources, technology innovation, education, and as a last option, purchase of carbon offsets.
Middlebury College is also a signatory of the American College and University President's Climate Commitment, and in 2008 the College adopted the implementation plan for carbon neutrality. We continue to pursue many varied projects to ensure that Middlebury will reach our impressive goal of neutrality by 2016.