Franklin Environmental Center Welcomes New Students

Franklin Environmental Center Welcomes New Students

September 8, 2014

On the first day of student orientation, the Franklin Environmental Center held an open house to welcome first year students and to introduce them to Middlebury’s sustainability initiatives.
 
The event gave new students and their parents a chance to mingle with Environmental Affairs staff, Environmental Studies faculty, and other likeminded first year students. Students asked thoughtful questions, tasted vegetables from the Middlebury College Organic Farm, and basked in the hot summer sun.
 
Throughout the 2014 student orientation, the Office of Sustainability Integration asked students to make sustainability pledges for the coming year. At Monday’s open house, students had the chance to take their pledge picture with a special guest—a Holstein cow and calf from Monument Farms Dairy! Students strategically positioned themselves next to the cows while holding up pledge signs that ranged from “bike more” to “only buy what I need.”
 
The Franklin Environmental Center’s open house was a successful community-building event for over 200 students, staff, and faculty. It was part of a series of outreach events led by the Office of Sustainability Integration during this year’s orientation. Other events included a tabling event focused on local food and a workshop focused on public transportation. These events, in collaboration with posters and social media, helped increase awareness of Middlebury’s sustainability projects and informed students about how they can get involved.
 
A special thank you to Peter James from Monument Farms Dairy for lending us a part of his dairy herd for the Open House.