Sustainability is at the heart of much of what we do, teach, and value at Middlebury.

Many Middlebury alums have carried a commitment to sustainability directly into their professions—often with national and international impact.

  • How have they been working on the frontlines to achieve a more just, sustainable future?
  • What are their thoughts on tackling some of the world’s most pressing crises?
  • How did they get from Middlebury to where they are today?
  • What can we learn from their achievements, efforts, and setbacks?

This lecture series brings Midd alums back to campus to discuss these issues and more. Each event will be moderated by students. Read about our inaugural event!

Sponsored by Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Climate Action Capacity Project, Center for Careers and Internships.


Coming March 2024

Tuesday, March 26
4:30p  Dana Auditorium

The next event in the Global Sustainability Alums Speaker Series will feature Suzanne Dael ’02, Head of Group, Climate Change Mitigation, Energy and Transport at the https://t.e2ma.net/click/5c3f4j/h69tyfbc/9755v6

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Past Event November 2023

  • Capital Markets Meet the Environmental Markets

    Capital Markets Meet the Environmental Markets: The Importance of Private Finance in Accelerating our Transition to Clean Energy 

    Jack Klinck ’85, P’17.5 & ’20 will return to campus for a conversation moderated by students Emma Binks ‘23.5 (Environmental Economics) and Arjun Kumar ‘25.5 (International and Global Studies). They will discuss how capital market infrastructure can be leveraged to propel us towards a quicker and just transition to a carbon free world.

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public

Past Event: April 2023

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    Advancing Climate Solutions through Venture Capital

    Advancing Climate Solutions through Venture Capital - the vital role of early-stage investment in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement

    Peter Hirsch ‘12, Head of Sustainability at 2150, a climate tech-oriented venture capital firm in London, will return to campus for a conversation moderated by students Kavina Amin ‘24 (Economics and History) and Gianna Palli ‘23.5 (Art History and Economics).

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public

Past Event: March 2023

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    A Big Step Forward on Climate; Many More Needed

    Representative Sean Casten ‘93 (IL-06) will visit campus virtually for a conversation about next steps for the U.S. in combating the climate crisis, moderated by students Mariia Dzholos ‘24 (Economics major) and Jack Torpey ‘24 (English major/Film & Media Culture minor).

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public

Past Event: November 2022

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    Global Sustainability Alums Speaker Series – Inaugural Event

    This inaugural event will feature two alums from Wellington Management Company LLP in a discussion about Applying Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors in the Capital Markets:

    Sandhya Subramanian Douglas ’93, P’25, Partner, Senior Managing Director, Director of Strategic Analysis and Implementation Soyibou Sylla ’20, Investment Science Associate The conversation will be moderated by Amanda Frank ’23.5 and Samuel Sullivan ’23.

    Robert A. Jones '59 Conference Room

    Open to the Public