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

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.

Local Green Wood

Since 1999, Middlebury has used more than 500,000 board feet of locally harvested and green certified Vermont wood in campus construction and furnishing, influencing both the ecological management of Vermont woodlots and the economics within the local economy.

Sustainable Design at Ross Commons

For the Ross Commons design, Middlebury worked with both the architects and Vermont Family Forests to design a building that incorporated local forest resources.

McCardell Bicentennial Hall

Completed in 2000, McCardell Bicentennial Hall uses a flexible and modular design to minimize future construction, waste, and environmental impact.

Sustainable Design in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Completed in June 2007, the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest serves as the center of environmental leadership and learning at Middlebury.

Sustainable Design in the Davis Family Library

When the College needed a new library, the trustees selected the front quadrangle as the best site and decided to remove the existing former Science Center as it was deemed structurally impractical.

Sustainable Design in the Axinn Center

The Donald E. Axinn ‘51, Litt. D. ‘89 Center for Literary and Cultural Studies at Starr Library shows how a historic building can be updated and reintegrated into a modern campus in a sustainable way.

Sustainable Design in Atwater Commons

Atwater Commons is a prime example of sustainable design on Middlebury’s campus. Both the dining hall and the newest residence halls were designed with sustainability as a high priority without sacrificing functionality or comfort.

Campuswide Committees

Several committees tackle sustainability and environmental impact issues by bringing together faculty, staff, students, and administrators.

Resources and Reports

There are countless ways to get involved in sustainability initiatives at Middlebury. Whether you want to join an established group, learn tips for living more sustainably, or have an idea for a project, the tools and resources below can help you out.

Get Involved

Sustainability is an everyday part of life at Middlebury and we are always developing ways to get involved, from student-led initiatives to all-campus groups who help the College administration make top-level decisions about the future.

Academics and Research

With innovative ideas from the campus community, a supportive administration, and the oldest undergraduate environmental studies program in the country, Middlebury provides an inspired and energetic atmosphere in which to explore real-world problems.

Talloires Declaration

Middlebury College is a signatory of the Talloires Declaration (TD), a 10-point action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations, and outreach at colleges and universities.

Recycling and Composting

Middlebury runs a college-wide recycling center and compost operation. Each year, about 65 percent of campus waste is diverted from landfills.

Faculty Stories: Steve Trombulak [video]

Posted on July 15, 2015

In a series of short videos, faculty members describe the winding paths that led them to Middlebury.

Bread Loaf Inn Renovated with Sustainability in Mind

Posted on July 1, 2015

Renovations at Middlebury’s Bread Loaf Inn were recently completed in keeping with Middlebury’s dedication to sustainability, with special attention paid to increasing energy efficiency and local purchasing.

Middlebury Recycling Center Named in Honor of Former Treasurer David Ginevan

Posted on June 30, 2015

Ginevan was an early believer in the value of a recyling center, which now diverts more than 60 percent of campus waste.

New edition of The Story of Vermont: A Natural and Cultural History

Posted on January 8, 2015

Middlebury College Professors Christopher McGrory Klyza and Steven C. Trombulak recently announced a second edition of their classic text on Vermont.

Irene impact researched three years later

Posted on December 16, 2014

Five Environmental Studies students at Middlebury College recently researched the effects of global climate shifts on public mental health for Vermont's Department of Health.

Greetings from the Dean and Director

Posted on July 9, 2014

News and notes from Dean of Environmental Affairs Nan Jenks-Jay and Director of Environmental Studies Jon Isham.

Is it working? Research Says “Yes!”

Posted on July 1, 2014

More and more faculty are learning new ways to integrate sustainability into the curriculum, and Psychology Professor Michelle McCauley tells us whether it’s working.


Middlebury Willow Site Yields More Than Research Data

Posted on April 18, 2014

Researchers finish harvesting the second willow growth from Middlebury's 10-acre test plot.

Carbon Neutrality Update from the Director of Sustainability

Posted on February 3, 2014

Middlebury College progresses towards its goal of carbon neutrality and plans for the future.