Honoring the Natural Value of our Forests

Posted on November 16, 2015

A century has passed since Middlebury philanthropist Joseph Battell bequeathed some 35,000 acres of mostly forested land to Middlebury College upon his death in 1915. 

Carson Peacock, Field Hockey, demonstrates gleeful composting on the bus

Green Panthers Take Perfect Sort Challenge on the Road

Posted on November 13, 2015

The Green Panther Challenge, a new effort to engage student athletes and their fans on sustainability issues, is hitting the road this weekend as Field Hockey, Cross Country and Football all head off campus.

First Green Panther Challenge Perfect Sort Gameday a Success

Posted on October 20, 2015

The Green Panther Challenge hosted its first Perfect Sort Gameday at Saturday's Homecoming football game. Student athlete volunteers helped fans properly sort waste into recycling, compost and landfill bins.

Midd Alum Speaks about Profit as Sustainability

Posted on November 11, 2013

Pier LaFarge ’10.5, Co-Founder and CEO of Spark, spoke about sustainability and entrepreneurship as part of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship Fall Speaker Series. 

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Panel weighs costs, benefits of divestment (story & video)

Posted on January 24, 2013

The debate over fossil-fuel divestment took a spirited turn on the Middlebury College campus Tuesday evening as proponents and skeptics traded evidence and impassioned arguments for and against selling off endowment investments in the oil, coal and gas industries.

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Bill McKibben awarded 2012 Vermonter of the Year

Posted on January 17, 2013

The Burlington Free Press awarded Bill McKibben - author, activist, and Schumann Scholar at Middlebury College- 2012 Vermonter of the Year. McKibben continues to inspire members of the local community by kicking off 2013 with several speaking events at Middlebury College this January.

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Middlebury to Consider Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted on January 15, 2013

The Nation blog, Extra Credit, featuring campus oriented news, published this article focusing on divestment efforts at Middlebury College written by current students, Bronwyn Oatley and Kelsey Collins.


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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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