- Additional Programs
- Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
Jack holds a BS in biology and a Masters in environmental law and policy. He works to make sustainability leadership more visible, effective and common in the culture of the college and its affiliated entities. He coordinates Middlebury’s efforts go beyond carbon neutrality after having reached that goal in 2016. He also plays a key role in Energy 2028 – to source 100% renewable energy, cut energy consumption by 25%, divest the endowment from fossil fuels and to integrate these efforts into the educational mission of the College with equity and justice as a cross-cutting theme.
Jack’s career has been in the non-governmental sector starting and developing organizations that support local, national and international initiatives in soil and water conservation; watershed health; citizen science; integrating sustainability knowledge and skills in public schools, corporations and non-profit organizations. He has led the development of learning networks and communities on a variety of topics at local, national and international locations.
He is a co-founder of the Foundation for Our Future - a non-governmental research and development organization focused on sustainable development, organizational change management, and capacity development. He founded and directed the River Watch Network, an international NGO that provides technical and organizational training for citizen and student based watershed monitoring and protection. He also served as Green Campus Leader for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Education and Communication and has served as consultant to a variety of corporate, governmental and non-governmental organizations on sustainability and environmentally related issues.
Carbonomics and Renewable Energy at Middlebury College
What is the cycle of carbon from its generation to its exchange on the market? What are the environmental, social, and equity impacts associated with renewable energy projects and assets? How does Middlebury generate, manage, and monitor its growing and increasingly complex portfolio of renewables to reach carbon neutrality? We will explore these questions through lectures and group projects. By the end of this course students will be able to propose ways to optimize the management of Middlebury’s portfolio with an understanding of its relationship to financial, equity, and environmental considerations.
Climate Action for All: Foundations, Paths, Skills
Vermont and China flooded, smoke from Canadian fires, record-breaking heat waves. Climate change is here with deeply unequal impacts. Yet there’s so much to do to reverse the tide while fostering adaptive, resilient communities. Everyone has a part to play. In this course, students from all backgrounds and interests will develop a baseline understanding of climate science, impacts, and approaches. Students will assess how the needs of the climate crisis match up with their own skills and passions. Hearing directly from stakeholders and leaders through lectures, discussions, and workshops, students will explore the many paths to just climate action. They will leave with an improved understanding of what kind of action is needed, where action is happening, and what their roles might be, all coupled with an enhanced skills toolkit. Pass/Fail