Energy2028 and the Climate Crisis: Building the Future We Want

We are excited to announce the Spring 2021 Energy2028 Earth Week series, during which we will dive into the past, present, and future of Middlebury’s responses to the climate crisis.

Join us for the following virtual events! All are welcome and invited to celebrate and strengthen our commitments. More details to come including registration links and dynamic ways to get involved. 

Monday, April 19

PAST: Origins and Significance of Our Commitments

A discussion featuring Middlebury College President Laurie Patton, Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben, co-founder Phil Aroneanu ‘06.5, Divest Middlebury organizer Leif Taranta, Professor of Economics Jon Isham, and Provost Jeff Cason.

Wednesday, April 21

PRESENT: Where Are We Now? Priorities, Progress, Challenges

A Panel Discussion Featuring:

Mike Moser, Director of Facilities Services
Jack Byrne, Dean of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability
Michelle McCauley, Professor of Psychology
Dan Suarez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Minna Brown, Climate Action Capacity Project Director
David Provost, Executive VP for Finance and Administration
Tracy Himmel Isham, Associate Director Social Impact Career Advisor
Lindsey Fuentes-George, Middlebury Selectboard Member
Sanjana Roy ‘22 and Divya Gudur ‘21, Students

Live Q&A to follow - submit your questions here!

Friday, April 23

FUTURE: Where Should We Go?

Small group discussions about:

10:00 am  Educational Integration facilitated by Dan Brayton, Julia Berazneva, and Connor Wertz ‘22 (SIGN UP)
11:00 am  Integrating Justice into Energy2028 facilitated by Miguel Fernandez, Renee Wells, and Mishka Banuri ‘24 (SIGN UP)
12:00 pm  Building a just climate community between the town and the college facilitated by Greg Dennis and Diane Munroe (SIGN UP)
1:00 pm    What happens after 2028 and how should we get there? facilitated by Jack Byrne, Sophie Esser Calvi, and Monique Santoso ‘21  (SIGN UP)

Check out these additional Earth Week events:

  • Tuesday, April 20, 7pm EDT: A conversation with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Carolyn Finney and Mahting Putelis, sustainable hunter and co-founder of Hunt to Eat. Click here for more information and to register.
  • Thursday, April 22, 7pm EDT: Middlebury College’s annual Scott A. Margolin ‘99 Lecture in Environmental Affairs by Dr. Liliana Dávalos: “Forests, bats, guerrillas: A systems approach for thought and action in the Anthropocene”

Contact if you have questions or suggestions.