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Virtue Field House Receives LEED Gold Certification

Posted on May 11, 2016

Middlebury's expansive new sports facility has met stringent criteria set by the U.S. Green Buildings Council.

ENVS 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

ENVS 401 Projects with Professor Molly Anderson's students:
•    An Exploration of Energy Innovations and Implications of the Proposed Carbon Pollution Tax for the Vermont Maple Industry
•    Alternative Heating Sources in Vermont Greenhouses
•    Vermont Food Rescue Toolkit
•    Water Quality & Tile Drainage Within Addison County

SOAN 211 Human Ecology poster session

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

McCardell Bicentennial Hall Tormondsen Great Hall

The students in Michael Sheridan's SOAN 211 Human Ecology will present their research projects as posters.

Topics include:

Fisheries policy in the South Pacific
Guatemala coffee cooperatives
Indigenous people and conservation in Cameroon
Elves, fairies, and ecology in Iceland
Mountaineering, Sherpas, and ecology in Nepal
Pastoralism and climate change in Mongolia
The Sarvodaya spiritual ecology movement in Sri Lanka
Vegetarianism as a cultural system
Lakota Sioux political ecology
….. and more

ENVS 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 12:30pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

ENVS 401 Projects with Professor Rebecca Kneale Gould's students:
•    Communicating Environmental Issues: Using the Arts for Education, Inspiration and Engagement

Lebanon’s Shouf Biosphere Reserve Transition Zone: Sport Hunters and a Protected Area

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series. Robert Greeley, Visiting Instructor in Arabic at Middlebury, will discuss how protected areas have undergone a powerful and sustained social critique, however, very little of this it addresses biosphere reserves and only a small fraction addresses the zoning practices of biosphere reserves. This talk is based on months of interviews and participant observation with biosphere personnel, police, politicians, Shouf residents and hunters in the transition zone of the Shouf Biosphere reserve. Greeley will address the intersections of state and local agendas in creating environmental governance in and beyond the transition zone.

ES Senior Thesis Presentation

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

MBH 216

Kae Fink '16.5, Joint Chemistry and ES with an environmental chemistry focus, will present her thesis: Sorptive behavior of hexadecyltrimethylammonium-modified montmorillonite: Elucidating effects of interlayer chemistry and contaminant structure. Lunch will be provided at 12:15.

Earth Day BBQ Serves Up Salmon from Middlebury Alum

Posted on April 23, 2016

This Friday the campus will celebrate Earth Day with a barbeque that is set to include salmon from Middlebury College class of 2006’s Elma Burnham.

American Leadership in the Global Climate Movement

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

Woodin Colloquium: This presentation will be given by Brian Deese ’00, Senior Advisor to President Obama.

ENVS 0401 Student Research Team Featured in “Vermont Food Systems News”

Posted on April 13, 2016

The members of the Farm-to-Plate Energy Cross-cutting Team are working with Middlebury College ENVS 401 students to explore implications of a carbon tax on the local maple industry as well as alternative fuel heating options for greenhouse season-extension in Vermont.

College, Town Discuss New Park Plans

Posted on April 13, 2016

Campus and community members are getting a preliminary look at design ideas for the new recreational space that will replace the existing Town Office building later this spring.

Middlebury Honored as ‘Tree Campus’

Posted on April 4, 2016

The Arbor Foundation has once again recognized Middlebury for its commitment to stewardship of its trees.

Film Screening: Deli Man + Q&A with Producer/Director Erik Greenberg Anjou ’83

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Dana Auditorium

This documentary focuses on Ziggy Gruber, who co-owns a large deli in Houston and is also the grandson of the original owner of the Rialto Deli, the first Kosher deli to open on Broadway in New York City in the 1920s. The deliis the main love in this man's life. While the film also covers other famous Jewish delis in Manhattan, Queens, Los Angeles and San Francisco and their histories, the emphasis is on the cultural aspects of the food and how the culture and the desire for this food is disappearing. There were once thousands of these delis and now there's fewer than 150 left in the entire U.S. Such luminaries as Larry King, Jerry Stiller, Fyvush Finkel, Freddie Roman and Alan Dershowitz as well as various deli owners express their love for the culture and the food. Co-sponsored by Middlebury College Hillel; the Departments of Film and Media, Sociology/Anthropology, and Jewish Studies; Havurah; and The Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life.

Interdisciplinary Community-Connected Capstone Courses: A Model for Engaging Undergraduates with Public Policy

Posted on March 23, 2016

Middlebury College offers an interdisciplinary community-connected research practicum as the capstone for its undergraduate major in environmental studies. Each semester students engage with environmental challenges that are explicitly designed to welcome a range of natural science, social science, and humanities perspectives.

A Small Good Thing: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Dana Auditorium

"A Small Good Thing" is a film about the next American dream to live a more wholehearted, connected life. The film asks whether we can change our larger goals as a nation and learn from the rest of the world about the small truths that are the sources of human happiness. Can our dreams serve as a conduit for the developing world’s financial well-being? The film explores how working in small but meaningful ways, we can overcome obstacles to happiness – the isolation of suburban comfort as well as the despair of poverty – to create joy for ourselves and others. There will be a Q & A afterwards with Bill McKibben and others from the film. Click here for more information

Middlebury named winner of Charles HW Foster Award for Bread Loaf land conservation

Posted on May 3, 2016

Middlebury College has been named winner of the inaugural Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation, presented by Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE), a program of Harvard University’s Harvard Forest.

"We Conserve What We Love": Stories About the Conservation of Bread Load

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Katherine Michels '14.5, Environmental Philanthropy Associate at the High Meadows Fund.

Energy Company of the Future

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power

Shift in Perspective: Observing Food Systems

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Woodin Colloquium presented by Jon Turner, owner of Wild Roots Farm in Bristol, VT and President of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Vermont

Shedding Light on the Working Forest: Curiosity, Connection and Creativity

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Kathleen Kolb, painter and Verandah Porche, poet.

Futurity Despite: Planting Ourselves into the Tomorrow

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Ross Gay, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Indiana University; Spring 2016 Bread Loaf Orion Resident.

Adequacy and Equity Under Neoliberal Climate Governance: Assessing The Paris Moment

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Dr. Timmons Roberts, Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies; Professor of Sociology Brown University, Institute at Brown for the Environment and Society.

Drilling, Poking and Prodding: Getting Under Antarctica's Icy Skin

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Jill Mikucki, Assistant Professor of Biology, Middlebury College.

Green Panther Challenge Perfect Sort Gameday: Ice Hockey

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 3:00pm

Chip Kenyon '85 Arena

Join the Green Panther Challenge this weekend to learn about proper waste sorting in an effort to reduce what we put in the landfill. Student athlete volunteers will educate and assist fans at Friday and Saturday's games.

ENVS Senior Thesis Presentations

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

MBH 219

Two ENVS majors will present their senior theses: Hannah Root: Teaching at the Top of a Mountain, Place-Based Learning with Cornwall Elementary Students. Jordan Collins:Moving Through Grief with Water, How Jewish Ritual Can Help Us Process Environmental Loss.

Middlebury Entrepreneurship Featured on PBS NewsHour

Posted on December 18, 2015

The 8-minute feature story explores the role of entrepreneurship in a traditional liberal arts setting.

Physics Professor Rich Wolfson Reacts to Paris Climate Agreement

Posted on December 15, 2015

Wolfson, who teaches about global warming and climate change at Middlebury, says the agreement is a good start that will hopefully lead to more progress in the near future.

Students Advise Lawmakers on Implications of Carbon Tax

Posted on December 10, 2015

Ten Environmental Studies students presented their findings about the proposed tax to state officials in Montpelier.

New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Goes Live

Posted on December 11, 2015

A student initiated the project and collaborated with staff to complete it.

City of Monterey Approves Institute Master Plan

Posted on December 9, 2015

Go-ahead brings the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey one step close to its vision of an open, green campus core.