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.

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 ...

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.

Supporting Local and Sustainable Partners

Middlebury supports local, environmentally committed, and minority- and women-owned vendors whenever possible. This purchasing policy outlines the rationale and benefits for awarding business and contracts to vendors that share a similar mindset to Middlebury’s environmental and stewardship commitments.

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.

Power to the Students

Posted on May 14, 2015

A student-led winter-term course explored a redesign of the campus using microgrids, adaptive ways of wiring and powering communities.

Interview with Mez Baker-Médard

Posted on May 14, 2015

Meet Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Merrill “Mez” Baker-Médard and hear about her research and thoughts on the future of the Environmental Studies program. 

Student Designed App Wins 3rd Place in National Energy Challenge

Posted on February 5, 2015

A group of twelve Middlebury College students won third place in the national Spark Clean Energy Challenge, a competition focused on improving energy grid resiliency.

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.

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