The Middlebury community gathered for an evening of storytelling and networking in San Francisco on February 3rd, celebrating Middlebury's longstanding commitment to environmental leadership and sustainability.
Using virtual reality (VR) to show the possible impact of sea level rise and climate change on specific communities - using data to visually demonstrate scenarios and solutions - the work of Middlebury Institute Adjunct Faculty and Center for the Blue Economy Fellow Juliano Calil was featured on Morning Edition on NPR.
The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute and the Blue Frontier Campaign put forward an Ocean Climate Action Plan (“Blue New Deal”) as a way for the US to respond to climate impacts on the world ocean.
Middlebury Institute International Environmental Policy alumnus Kouassigan Tovivo has specialized in international climate negotiations and capacity building but hopes to eventually bring his expertise back to his native Togo.
“We’re trying to step into this void because most of the climate plans are really focused on the big manufacturing and industrial emitters and the big terrestrial sources of pollution,” said Jason Scorse, director of the Center for the Blue Economy "an early crafter of the Blue New Deal approach", tells The Hill.
Six Middlebury Institute graduate students partnered this summer with undergraduate students from Middlebury College in the Middlebury Social Impact Corps, working with organizations in Peru, Monterey, and The Bahamas.