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.

Fall 2023 Speakers

Check back for updates!

      Past Event: April 2023

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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