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From current plans to future guidelines, Middlebury is committed to sustainable practices.

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.

Food Works lecture & info session

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Orchard Room, FECH

Professor of Food Studies Molly Anderson will introduce food justice as an entry point to the “Experiencing Food Systems” course. FoodWorks students at all summer sites (VT, DC, KY) will be visiting organizations to dig more deeply into food justice issues that affect those communities.

Poster Session: FYSE 1456 "Reading Jared Diamond"

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Brainerd Commons House

Join the students of the Brainerd Commons First-Year Seminar “Reading Jared Diamond” as they present their research projects. The posters respond to the issues of environmental history, the collapse of complex societies, and the value of traditional societies’ ecological knowledge.  

Film Screening: This Changes Everything

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Crossroads Cafe

Come out to see This Changes Everything, a 2015 film based on Naomi Klein's book on climate change and capitalism. Laurie Patton will be introducing the film. Free food!​ See the Facebook event, sponsored by the Sunday Night Group. 

New Middlebury Program Pairs Students Abroad with Local Organizations to Address Sustainability Challenges

Posted on December 3, 2015

Three Middlebury Schools Abroad sites will serve as the pilot locations for the new initiative ­­– the Middlebury Global Partnerships in Sustainability.

Bill McKibben Calls in From Paris

Posted on December 2, 2015

Students, faculty, staff and community members at Middlebury College and Colby College joined Middlebury Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben this afternoon on a live video call from the 21st Conference of the Parties in Paris, France.

Environmental Council Grants Application Workshop

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Office of Sustainability Integration, FECH 111

Members of the Environmental Council will hold open office hours for anyone looking for feedback on their grant application. Feel free to stop in!

Environmental Council Grants Info Session 2

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 - 5:30pm to 6:20pm

Orchard Room, FECH

The Environmental Council will host 2 identical info sessions (no need to come to both!) about the grants and application process in the Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center.

Environmental Council Grants Info Session 1

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Orchard Room, FECH

The Environmental Council will host 2 identical info sessions (no need to come to both!) about the grants and application process in the Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center.

Debunking Organic: What's in your granola bar and how did it get there?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Dana Auditorium

A talk by Jean Richardson, Chair of the National Organic Standards Board, Organic Inspector, and professor emerita at UVM. Dr. Richardson will discuss the true meaning of the organic label and how it is regulated, using your friendly organic granola bar as a case study. Sponsored by Middlebury College Organic Farm.

Live from Paris with Bill McKibben

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Davis Family Library 105

Join Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar, for an update from COP21 - 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. Bill will be reporting live from Paris, to both Middlebury and Colby, providing a great opportunity to learn and ask questions about the unfolding climate talks.  Sponsored by Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest.

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. 

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.

Environmental Luminaries Help Mark 50th Anniversary of ES Program

Posted on October 13, 2015

Van Jones and Bill McKibben were among the distinguished speakers honoring Middlebury's 50 years of environmental education and leadership.

Garden: Dance by Tzveta Kassabova

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 6:30pm
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:00pm
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 2:00pm

Outside of Mead Memorial Chapel

This large-scale, site-specific installation celebrates the passage of knowledge, experience and hope from one generation to another. By slowly criss-crossing colorful oversized ribbons within an expansive environment, the performers alter the color ...

ENVS 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: The Orchard (Room 103)

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Conservation Biology: Looking Forward with an Eye on the Rearview Mirror

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: The Orchard (Room 103)

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Birds, Turtles, Econ & Law: Adventures in the Federal Government

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: The Orchard (Room 103)

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Telling Stories about CO2: History, Science, and the Politics of Climate Change


Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: The Orchard (Room 103)

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Body and Earth: Seven Web-Based Somatic Excursions

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Axinn 232

"Behind the Scenes" DLA luncheon: Join professor Andrea Olsen, dance & digital media artist Scotty Hardwig, DLA staff members Daniel Houghton and Matt Lennon, and performer Miguel Castillo ‘17 for a short screening ...

What Does a Liberal Arts Approach to Sustainable Development Look Like?

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest: The Orchard (Room 103)

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

One, Two, Tree: Capitalizing Environmental Benefit in Urban Design

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:00pm

Johnson Memorial Building, Room 304

Susannah Drake is the principal architect of dlandstudio in Brooklyn, a firm that works on the intersection of architecture, landscape design, and sustainability ...

World Cafe: Our Environment, Our Future

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 2:15pm to 4:30pm

Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center

An Inclusive Group Dialogue for Students, Staff, Faculty and Guests

In a café setting, we will build upon the ideas expressed in the keynote address and panel to explore questions that matter to our community ...

Keynote Conversation - Environmental Studies at 50: What’s Next?

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Mead Memorial Chapel

Moderated by Bill McKibben, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury with guests ...

Campus Tree Tour and Tree Planting

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Meet on the front porch of the Franklin Environmental Center (FEC) for the very popular and interesting Campus Tree Tour led by Middlebury horticulturalist ...

Building and Lands

Middlebury uses demolition practices that reflect our overall commitment to sustainability. Policies are in place to ensure that hazardous and non-hazardous waste are properly managed. Most of the building materials from demolished buildings are either reused in campus construction projects or recycled.

On-Campus Resources

Middlebury has long been a leader in the sustainable use of resources, from the careful stewardship of our land to the thoughtful processing and disposal of what we use on campus.

Guiding Principles for Planning and Design

According to the 2008 Master Plan, the guiding principles are the embodiment of the philosophy and spirit of the college community as set forth and adopted by the trustees.

Construction and Demolition Policy

Middlebury has established best practices directives for Construction and Demolition Contractors working for the College to ensure that hazardous and non-hazardous waste generated from demolition and construction on campus are managed to reflect our commitment to environmental mindfulness.

Lands Advisory Committee

The Lands Advisory Committee, a group of Middlebury faculty, staff, and students, works with the board of trustees and College administration on important land use decisions.

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