First-Year Students Explore the Chemistry of Biodiesel

Posted on December 11, 2012


Students in chemistry professor Jeff Byers' first-year seminar, Smart Energy Choices, learn how convert French fry oil from Proctor Dining Hall into useable biodiesel.

Local Through the Mouths of Locals: a photographic exploration of American local food movements

Posted on December 10, 2012

Jordie Ricigliano (‘12.5) and Lany Khattiya (‘12) embarked on a journey last summer to discover what “local” means to communities across the country. Their travels, encounters, findings, and tastings culminated in an independent journalism project, Local Through the Mouths of Locals.

Middlebury celebrates Campus Sustainability Day with a local dinner

Posted on November 7, 2012

On October 24th Middlebury College celebrated Campus Sustainability Day with a local dinner provided by Dining Services in Ross and Proctor Dining Halls. Middlebury joined over 150 schools in celebrating Campus Sustainability Day, a tradition that began in 2003 with the intention of focusing one day on sustainability initiatives in higher education. 

Middlebury hosts the Vermont Rail Action Network annual meeting

Posted on October 29, 2012

Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration Office, gave the welcoming address at the Vermont Rail Action Network (VRAN) annual meeting held at the Kirk Alumni Center.

The R/V Folger, Middlebury College’s new research vessel, is home on Lake Champlain

Posted on October 24, 2012

On Saturday, October 20th, the R/V Folger was officially dedicated during a celebration at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes. Before arriving home to Lake Champlain in early September, the research vessel encountered an invasive species, the spiny water flea, which prompted a cleaning of the boat and a demonstration of environmental stewardship.

Van Jones inspires at VNRC 50th Anniversary

Posted on September 25, 2012

Last Saturday, Middlebury students, faculty, and staff attended the celebration at Shelburne Farms which featured Van Jones, president and cofounder of Rebuild a Dream, as the keynote speaker. Following Jone’s inspirational and energizing speech, he answered questions prepared by Middlebury students in Professor Jon Isham’s first year seminar, ”Social Entrepreneurship and Social Justice”.

Welcoming the Carbon-Neutral Class

Posted on September 18, 2012

How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Following an orientation barbecue for the class of 2016, the Sustainability Office hosted the first Carbon Neutrality Dessert Social, a creative effort to get new students engaged in campus sustainability initiatives.

Louis Bacon ’79 To Donate Historic Conservation Easement in Colorado

Posted on August 2, 2012

Hedge-fund manager and philanthropist Louis Bacon ’79 has offered to place 90,000 acres of land in a conservation easement to help create the Sangre de Cristo Conservation Area in southern Colorado. It is the largest single conservation easement ever made to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Middlebury grant to help build new ACTR center

Posted on June 21, 2012

Middlebury College has awarded Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) a $100,000 grant towards the construction of its Community Transportation Center.

Hilary Platt '12.5 selected as Focus the Nation delegate

Posted on May 22, 2012

Hilary Platt '12.5 has been selected as one of the nation's top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by national organization Focus the Nation. Twenty students from across the country have been selected for their dedication, passion, and unique contribution to increasing clean energy in America. They will meet for one week on Oregon's Mt. Hood at the ReCharge! Retreat. 

Alumnae receive Vermont Law School Scholarships

Posted on May 16, 2012

Marie Horbar ’09 and Nora Greenglass ’03 are the first recipients of full scholarships to Vermont Law School, part of a new program that also guarantees admission to VLS for qualified Middlebury alumni. 

Midd takes 2nd in RecycleMania organic waste competition

Posted on April 17, 2012

During February and March, Middlebury participated in a national recycling and waste minimization competition, diverting over 100,000 pounds of waste from landfills in the process! 

Rhiya Trivedi '12 awarded Watson Fellowship to study stove distribution in developing world

Posted on March 20, 2012

Rhiya's Watson Fellowship project will take her from Latin America to Africa to India to study distribution of cook stoves as a means to replace cooking fires—a major contributor to short-term climate change—and build empowerment.

SmartPower chooses Katie Romanov '11.5 as America's Next Eco-Star

Posted on March 19, 2012

Middlebury College campus sustainability leader Katie Romanov has won the title of America’s Next Eco-Star in the nationwide search for the standout among our country’s next generation of energy leaders.

Midd Alum Katie Romanov moves on to top 5 in Eco-Star competition

Posted on March 9, 2012

Katie Romanov '11.5 is among the top 5 finalists for America’s Next Eco-Star, a national search for the standout among our nation’s next generation of energy leaders.

Solar farm up and running!

Posted on March 5, 2012

Middlebury's new 34-tracker solar farm located on Route 125 is now producing power.

Katie Romanov '11.5 in the running for "America's Next Eco-Star"

Posted on February 22, 2012

Middlebury nominated Katie Romanov '11.5 for the America's Next Eco-Star contest that seeks to find a passionate college student who epitomizes America's future clean energy leadership.

Jack Byrne on Vermont Edition's Green Campus episode

Posted on February 17, 2012

Middlebury Sustainability Director, Jack Byrne, spoke with VRP's Jane Lindholm and sustainability officers from several Vermont schools on the Green Campus episode of Vermont Edition. Listen to the broadcast here.

Middlebury College, Vermont Law School Sign Agreement

Posted on February 15, 2012

The agreement guarantees qualified Middlebury students and graduates admission to Vermont Law School.

Burlington Free Press explores appeal of Self Reliance solar home

Posted on February 11, 2012

Visitors to Middlebury College will find a new building on campus called Self Reliance, built by students for the 2011 Solar Decathlon, an international green building competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Future of the youth climate movement focus of winter term course

Posted on February 6, 2012

Taught by the executive director of the Alliance for Climate Education, a winter term course helped design a road map for the youth climate movement.

Middlebury selected for 2013 Solar Decathlon

Posted on January 26, 2012

College hopes to repeat successful performance in 2011 competition.

A Voice Heard ’Round the World

Posted on January 19, 2012

MiddMag interviews junior Abigail Borah about her experience at the UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa. Watch the video here.

Middlebury College installs solar farm

Posted on January 16, 2012

Middlebury College will soon expand its renewable energy portfolio when it installs 34 photovoltaic solar power collectors on the open swathe of 1.5-acre college land off Route 125, between McCardell Bicentennial Hall and the college organic garden.