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.

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.

 

You’ve gotta love ‘em

Posted on July 7, 2014

Elizabeth Courtney, co-author of Greening Vermont: The Search for a Sustainable State, reflects on her work with Middlebury students in last spring's Environmental Studies Senior Seminar.

Middlebury was host to U.S. Energy Summit in early May

Posted on May 17, 2014

On May 16, Middlebury hosted U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Peter Welch, and Gov. Peter Shumlin at the “Vermont Sustainable Energy Summit."

Students in senior seminar explore the future of a sustainable Vermont

Posted on July 1, 2014

This year’s environmental studies senior seminar focused on the history of environmental action in Vermont and how the state can thrive in a climate-altered future.

Bumblebees, climate change, and how we see the sea: ES Faculty Research roundup

Posted on July 1, 2014

Catch up with the latest environmental studies research by Middlebury faculty and students, from pollination and place-based dance to the psychology of environmental action.

Middlebury to Host U.S. Energy Secretary and Congressional Delegation at Energy Summit

Posted on May 14, 2014

Secretary Ernest Moniz, Vermont's congressional delegation and governor, and Vermont energy leaders will discuss the path to a clean energy future.

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.

Middlebury to Consider Fossil Fuel Divestment

Posted on January 15, 2013

The Nation blog, Extra Credit, featuring campus oriented news, published this article focusing on divestment efforts at Middlebury College written by current students, Bronwyn Oatley and Kelsey Collins.

 

First-Year Students Explore the Chemistry of Biodiesel

Posted on December 11, 2012

 

Students in chemistry professor Jeff Byers' first-year seminar, Smart Energy Choices, learn how convert French fry oil from Proctor Dining Hall into useable biodiesel.

Welcoming the Carbon-Neutral Class

Posted on September 18, 2012

How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Following an orientation barbecue for the class of 2016, the Sustainability Office hosted the first Carbon Neutrality Dessert Social, a creative effort to get new students engaged in campus sustainability initiatives.

Hilary Platt '12.5 selected as Focus the Nation delegate

Posted on May 22, 2012

Hilary Platt '12.5 has been selected as one of the nation's top rising young leaders in the clean energy sector by national organization Focus the Nation. Twenty students from across the country have been selected for their dedication, passion, and unique contribution to increasing clean energy in America. They will meet for one week on Oregon's Mt. Hood at the ReCharge! Retreat. 

Rhiya Trivedi '12 awarded Watson Fellowship to study stove distribution in developing world

Posted on March 20, 2012

Rhiya's Watson Fellowship project will take her from Latin America to Africa to India to study distribution of cook stoves as a means to replace cooking fires—a major contributor to short-term climate change—and build empowerment.

<p>Photo by Mark Ostow</p>

SmartPower chooses Katie Romanov '11.5 as America's Next Eco-Star

Posted on March 19, 2012

Middlebury College campus sustainability leader Katie Romanov has won the title of America’s Next Eco-Star in the nationwide search for the standout among our country’s next generation of energy leaders.

Midd Alum Katie Romanov moves on to top 5 in Eco-Star competition

Posted on March 9, 2012

Katie Romanov '11.5 is among the top 5 finalists for America’s Next Eco-Star, a national search for the standout among our nation’s next generation of energy leaders.

Solar farm up and running!

Posted on March 5, 2012

Middlebury's new 34-tracker solar farm located on Route 125 is now producing power.

Katie Romanov '11.5 in the running for "America's Next Eco-Star"

Posted on February 22, 2012

Middlebury nominated Katie Romanov '11.5 for the America's Next Eco-Star contest that seeks to find a passionate college student who epitomizes America's future clean energy leadership.

<p><span>A solar farm with AllEarth Renewables' solar trackers feeds electricity into nearby power lines in Hinesburg, Vt.</span></p>

Middlebury College installs solar farm

Posted on January 16, 2012

Middlebury College will soon expand its renewable energy portfolio when it installs 34 photovoltaic solar power collectors on the open swathe of 1.5-acre college land off Route 125, between McCardell Bicentennial Hall and the college organic garden.

Student disrupts U.N. climate proceedings with impassioned speech

Posted on December 9, 2011

Student climate activist Abigail Borah found the spotlight this week when her surprise speech caught the world's attention.

Solar Decathlon team finishes in fourth place overall

Posted on October 1, 2011

Team Middlebury College received 1st place in three of the ten Solar Decathlon contests to take 4th place overall!

Midd earns Gold rating in sustainability assessment

Posted on February 15, 2011

On January 31st, Middlebury submitted a comprehensive report of sustainability on campus to the Association for the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and earned a Gold rating!

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