Water

Middlebury makes every effort to be thoughtful and innovative when it comes to the use of water, one of our most precious resources worldwide.

<p>Students practice slicing fresh, raw salmon for a soba lunch they helped prepare at a local farm in Tenryu-mura Japan.</p>

Service Learning Trip Takes Students to Urban and Rural Japan

Posted on August 10, 2017

The four-week immersion course was a joint project of the College and International Christian University, which hosts Middlebury’s School in Japan.

<p>Students from Middlebury's School of the Environment spent a week in Washington, D.C. this summer, engaging with communication, policy, and leadership at the federal level.</p>

School of the Environment Visits D.C. for a ‘Policy Master Class’

Posted on August 3, 2017

Students traveled to the capital for a busy week of meetings with federal policy and communication experts.

<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.

Fundamentals of Design: Permaculture and Regenerative Agriculture

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Axinn 219

Workshop with Jon Turner of Wild Roots Farm

90% of mistakes can be prevented with an efficient design. This workshop will give you an understanding of different ways to view the landscape and how the site can influence a successful design. We will discuss permaculture principles and how to apply them to this process, while also providing case studies of the effectiveness of ecological design.

<p>A student in the environmental studies seminar meets a calf on a class visit to the Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport.</p>

Student Podcast Explores Vermont Dairy Farmers’ Challenges, Strategies

Posted on December 14, 2016

A group of students in an environmental studies class interviewed nine local farmers for a project they named CowTalk.

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.

Students Help Design Native Rain Garden

Posted on November 23, 2016

Students Morgan Raith '16.5 and Sage Taber '16, along with campus horticulturalist Tim Parsons, designed and installed a native rain garden outside of the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest to help with stormwater management.

Screening of American Outrage and Discussion with Molly Anderson

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

MBH 220

The documentary film American Outrage will be screened at 7:00p followed by a brief lecture and discussion on food and water security with Professor Molly Anderson.  Co-sponsored by Chellis House, ISO, and FAM.

For more info, check out the FaceBook event page:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1140220519348049/

Note: This fundraiser does not benefit Middlebury College. Donations are not tax-deductible.

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.

ENVS 401 Senior Seminar Presentations

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 12:30pm

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Orchard Room

ENVS 401 Projects with Professor Molly Anderson's students:
•    An Exploration of Energy Innovations and Implications of the Proposed Carbon Pollution Tax for the Vermont Maple Industry
•    Alternative Heating Sources in Vermont Greenhouses
•    Vermont Food Rescue Toolkit
•    Water Quality & Tile Drainage Within Addison County

SOAN 211 Human Ecology poster session

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

McCardell Bicentennial Hall Tormondsen Great Hall

The students in Michael Sheridan's SOAN 211 Human Ecology will present their research projects as posters.

Topics include:

Fisheries policy in the South Pacific
Guatemala coffee cooperatives
Indigenous people and conservation in Cameroon
Elves, fairies, and ecology in Iceland
Mountaineering, Sherpas, and ecology in Nepal
Pastoralism and climate change in Mongolia
The Sarvodaya spiritual ecology movement in Sri Lanka
Vegetarianism as a cultural system
Lakota Sioux political ecology
….. and more

Forecasting Global Water Stress: Successes and Limitations

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Matt Landis, Research Scientist and ISciences, LLC.

Global Partnerships for Sustainability

Middlebury College’s (MC) Global Partnerships for Sustainability (GPS) is creating opportunities for students to leave a sustainability legacy to the countries where they study. GPS is developing long-term partnerships between MC’s schools abroad and in-country organizations working on sustainability-related issues. GPS creates opportunities for successive cohorts of students to advance the work of partner organizations and their sustainability agendas.

Forecasting Global Water Stress: Successes and Limitations

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

The Orchard Room, Franklin Environmental Center

Woodin Colloquium presented by Matt Landis, Research Scientist and ISciences, LLC.

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.

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.

International marine conservation: problems, practices and progress

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:20pm

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

Howard E. Woodin ES Colloquium Series

Connecting the Dots in Toms River and Beyond

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 4:30pm

McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes frequently about environmental science, Dan Fagin is also a science journalism professor at New York University. His book, Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation ...

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 ...

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.

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