Greetings from the dean and director

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Greetings from the dean and director

June 1, 2015


It is always a pleasure to share the latest news from Middlebury’s Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest and the Environmental Studies program. In this issue, you’ll find stories about a new faculty member, a student-led project aimed at increasing our climate resilience, and Middlebury’s participation in the Real Food Challenge.

This fall, we will celebrate 50 Years of Environmental Education and Leadership at Middlebury, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Program in Environmental Studies, the first of its kind in the nation. The semester-long campus-wide celebration includes a diverse, interdisciplinary, and thought-provoking series of events designed to help us envision and set the course for the next 50 years. Featured events on October 8th-9th include a keynote lecture by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environmental initiatives and former head of the EPA, a keynote conversation among renowned environmental scholars moderated by Bill McKibben, and an inclusive World Café-style dialogue about our next steps.

As we prepare for the celebration, we are remembering past achievements as well as imagining new ones. In 50 years, Middlebury has left its indelible mark on the environment and sustainability in higher education by anticipating challenges and proposing bold solutions. We ask ourselves, as we ask our students, not what is reasonable, but what is possible. Not what is easy, but what is right. And not what is now, but what is next.

—Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs and Molly Costanza-Robinson, Director of the Program in Environmental Studies