Energy

Leading the way with biomass gasification and biomethane, as well as growing solar fields and wind power, Middlebury is on the path to a more sustainable future.

<p>During a winter-term course, students studied land conservation at the College's 2,100-acre Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, Vermont.</p>

Bread Loaf: Learning from the Land [video]

Posted on April 5, 2017

A new short video reflects on what makes Bread Loaf a rare treasure.

Middlebury Institute Continues Push Toward Carbon Neutrality

Posted on March 31, 2017

As Earth Week approaches, the Middlebury Institute’s Sustainability Council is marking fresh milestones on the campus’ path to carbon neutrality, with campuswide carbon emissions now half what they were a decade ago.

Middlebury Receives Award for Carbon Neutrality

Posted on February 22, 2017

Second Nature recognizes institution’s climate leadership in higher education.

<p>Kemi Fuentes-George studies how environmental treaties are implemented at the local level.</p>

Professor Explains Risks of Conflicting Environmental Treaties

Posted on December 13, 2016

Kemi Fuentes-George, a Middlebury political scientist, is researching global environmental governance in Jamaica.

Middlebury Reaches 2016 Carbon Neutrality Goal

Posted on December 8, 2016

Biomass plant and land preservation help push Middlebury past target in an ambitious multiyear effort.

Innovative Strategies Towards a Low-Carbon Society in Japan

Monday, October 24, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

Dr. Gregory Trencher, Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Science and Policy at Clark University, will discuss Innovative Strategies towards a Low-Carbon Society in Japan.

The lecture will showcase innovative policy and technological measures in Japan’s planned transition to a low-carbon, sustainable society, focusing on 2 key initiatives: The Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City, near Tokyo, and the vision for a hydrogen economy. He will briefly discuss Fukushima’s impact on energy policy and CO2 emissions.

Dr. Trencher holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Science from the University of Tokyo and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Sophia University. His current interests include energy efficiency and retrofitting policies for existing buildings and smart city initiatives in Japan and China.

The Japanese Studies Department, the East Asian Studies Program, the Environmental Studies Program, the Franklin Environmental Center and the Japanese Club.

FEC 2016 Theme: Urban Innovations, Sustainable Solutions

Today's city is shaping tomorrow's world.
Our planet is urbanizing—fast. In 1950, just 30 percent of the global population lived in cities. Today, half of all humans do. By 2050, fully 70 percent will. From Detroit to Dakar, cities are quickly becoming hubs of innovation and resilience. Many Middlebury students hail from cities, and will establish careers there after graduation.

President's House Earns LEED Platinum Certification

Posted on July 26, 2016

The U.S. Green Buildings Council awarded the recently renovated building its highest ranking.

<p>Diane Munroe has won the 2016 Engaged Educator Award from Vermont Campus Compact.</p>

Diane Munroe Wins Vermont Engaged Educator Award

Posted on May 16, 2016

Munroe honored for her work connecting Middlebury students and faculty with community partners around the state.

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.

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 20, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Middlebury Signs White House Climate Pledge

Posted on November 20, 2015

Ahead of the Conference on Climate Change, Middlebury joined more than 200 colleges and universities in a pledge to demonstrate support for strong international climate action.

Recent Graduate Is Both Scientist and Entrepreneur

Posted on November 2, 2015

Bobby Levine '08 has stayed true to his passion of finding solutions to the harmful effects of climate change.

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.

Life after Middlebury: An Entrepreneur's Quest

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

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

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

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 Planning

Middlebury’s campus 2008 Master Plan guides the College’s growth and development for the next 50 years, emphasizing upgrading building envelopes to improve energy efficiency and creating a more pedestrian-friendly campus.

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.

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