Food

We learn from a student-run garden, we depend on local resources, and we reach out to other communities to educate ourselves and others about food systems around the world.

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 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.

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.

Moving the Mega-cruise Ship of Modernity: Community Agriculture and Cultural Change

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 4:30pm

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

Montana farmer & educator Josh Slotnick will discuss how Community Agriculture emphasizes intention, and puts a focus on the care of specific people and places ...

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 ...

Fed Up: The Fight for Ethical Food Systems in Addison County (exhibit)

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 11, 2015 - 5:00pm

Center Gallery, McCullough Student Center (2nd floor, between The Grille and Wilson Hall)

Curated by participants in Middlebury College’s 2015 MuseumWorks Summer Internship Program, this exhibition examines the human impact of food systems in Addison County, from cultivation to disposal.

The Knoll: Past, Present, and Future

The farm began with the vision and enthusiasm of a few students and community members and has grown into a dynamic space for exploring the local and global food system.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Middlebury Signs on to Real Food Challenge

Posted on December 15, 2014

Middlebury pledged that by 2016, 30 percent of food purchased for Dining Services will meet RFC criteria, including: local (within 150 miles), ecologically sound, fair working conditions, and humane animal treatment.

Middlebury Signs on to ‘Real Food’ Challenge

Posted on December 12, 2014

Middlebury has joined the national movement to shift food service budgets toward sustainably produced food.

Food And Farming Consortium's Pilot Course Will Sample From College Programs

Posted on October 12, 2014

Middlebury is participating in a new, collaborative summer class about Vermont's food system.

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.

 

Writer Gary Nabhan brings inspiration to campus

Posted on July 1, 2014

In January, we welcomed author and farm and food advocate Gary Nabhan as our 2014 Environmental Writer-in-Residence.

 

 

 

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 Hosts Farm-to-School Food Summit [Video]

Posted on April 2, 2014

The annual Stone Soup Summit drew together growers, producers, and educators interested in strengthening the local food network in schools.

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.

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