Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson
Event: Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson

Following Naomi Klein’s talk in Spring 2020, The Climate Action Capacity Project, funded by the Erol Foundation, is thrilled to host, in collaboration with groups across campus, this critical event on Nov 12th from 6-7:30pm!

When climate change looms large, the pandemic has no definitive end in sight, racism and racial injustices continue to compound, the US election is uncertain, and everything feels overwhelming, what do you do? How do you find your way to meaningful action? Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Katharine Wilkinson will join us virtually for a special conversation about their experiences and draw on insights from their new book, “All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis,“ a collection of essays by women spanning backgrounds, approaches, and generations at the forefront of the climate movement.

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, writer, and Brooklyn native. She is founder of Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities, and founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv , a consulting firm for conservation solutions. Johnson is the co-host of Gimlet Media’s How to Save a Planet, co-created the Blue New Deal, and has written and presented widely on hope, strategy, and the intersections of race, racism and the climate crisis. 

Dr. Katharine Keeble Wilkinson is an author, strategist, and teacher working to heal the planet we call home. Her writings include The Drawdown Review (2020), the New York Times bestseller Drawdown (2017), and Between God & Green (2012), which The Boston Globe dubbed “a vitally important, even subversive, story.” She is a vice president at Project Drawdown, where she leads the organization’s editorial, creative, and communication work on climate solutions. She recently launched the “A Matter of Degrees” podcast.

Cosponsors include: MCAB, Franklin Environmental Center, SNEG, New Perrenials Project, Innovation Hub, among others.

Film Series: Water, Justice, Power

Join us for three film screenings in the Water, Power, and Justice Film Series where we will watch and discuss documentaries focused on water contamination in marginalized communities across North America, and the World. 

Flint: The Poisoning of an American City 

Date: March 30th at 7pm 

This documentary follows the events before, during, and after the Flint water crisis in 2014. It sheds light on the environmental neglect and environmental racism that occured during this crisis and the effects that this abuse had on the individuals in Flint. Many of us are aware of the Flint water crisis, but this documentary lets us into the homes and lives of the people living there and combines interviews with residents, experts, and committee hearings to dig deeper into the crisis.  

There’s Something in the Water 

Date: April 26, 7-9pm

This Canadian documentary highlights three communities deeply affected by the rampant environmental racism present in Nova Scotia. Elliot Page (the producer and director) speaks with Black and Indigenous women about how the pollution of their water has affected their families, friends, and neighborhood, and dives into why the outrageous health effects have been left unaddressed by the government. 

Flow: For the Love of Water

Date: May 18, 7-9pm

This 2008 documentary focuses on the global water crisis, water privatization, and pollution. Through interviews with activists, experts, and communities world-wide, Flow highlights the issues of agricultural pollutants and massive corporations controlling local water resources. Although this is a relatively old film, it introduces topics that are still relevant and pervasive today.  

Other Past Events

  • Environmental Studies Senior Thesis Presentation

    “The Environmental Impacts of Waste and Fashion at the Turn of the Century Using The House of Mirth as Focal Text” an Environmental Studies senior thesis presentation by Eva Kaiden ‘23, Environmental Literature major.

    This paper uses Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth to set the scene of high society at the time, as well as to delve into concrete example of how waste – fashion waste, energy waste, and the waste of human lives – played an active role in the shaping of community and quality of life in New York City, especially for women.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 220

    Open to the Public
  • Art / Apocalypse: Workshop with Hearthunder Art Collective

    Join the Hearthunder Art Collective to collaborate on a butterfly art installation in preparation for this spring’s Art vs. Apocalypse events on the roles of art and creative expression in confronting climate change and environmental challenges!

    All materials provided. No experience necessary!

    The Bunker / Makerspace (FIC 121)

    Closed to the Public
  • Art / Apocalypse: Workshop with Hearthunder Art Collective

    Join the Hearthunder Art Collective to collaborate on a butterfly art installation in preparation for this spring’s Art vs. Apocalypse events on the roles of art and creative expression in confronting climate change and environmental challenges!

    All materials provided. No experience necessary!

    The Bunker / Makerspace (FIC 121)

    Closed to the Public
  • Students Talk Food: politics, climate resilience, health, community

    Join graduating Midd students as they share their stories of finding their way to intersecting work on farms and food systems, climate change, justice, and resilience.

    Bring your curiosity and your experiences!

    Co-sponsored by the Climate Action Capacity Project.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Environmental Studies Thesis Presentation

    “Community-Based Coral Reef Restoration Monitoring in the Caribbean”

    An Environmental Studies Program senior thesis presentation by Elizabeth Grace Kroger ’22.5, Conservation Biology (ES-BIOL joint) major.

    McCardell Bicentennial Hall 219

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “Reading and Writing Climate” by Megan Mayhew-Bergman, Assistant Professor of English.

    Assistant Professor of English Megan Mayhew-Bergman will read from her new book, How Strange a Season, and talk about how she navigates writing both climate fiction and climate journalism. She’ll discuss how she finds material, conducts field work, and decides what content becomes fiction and what becomes journalism. Megan will leave a significant period of time open for student questions on how to break into these fields and build a writing career.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Climate/Environment Coordinating Group

    Groups from across campus working on climate / justice / environment efforts will gather to discuss priorities, plans, needs, and opportunities to collaborate.

    Axinn Center 229

    Closed to the Public
  • Addison County Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Richard Hopkins and Duncan Kreps ‘23 present an update to the Climate Economy Action Center’s biannual greenhouse gas inventory, and describe actions being taken (and that one can join) to reduce our county’s production of greenhouse gases.

    Axinn Center 229

    Open to the Public
  • The world we are dreaming into being: Conversations to cultivate hope, possibility and action

    What is the world we want to live in? The world we are already living into! How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other and the planet? Curious?! Join Carolyn Finney, Artist-in-Residence, and Sophia Calvi ‘03.5, Director of Programming, Franklin Env Center, for the first of three discussions they will host during fall semester. The additional dates are Oct. 18 and Nov. 29.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Storytelling for Change: Public Narrative, Personal Stories

    How can our personal stories empower action and affect change? What stories do we tell ourselves, and how can they motivate ourselves and others? Join community organizer Connor Wertz (‘22) to reflect on the power of individual storytelling, practice developing our own narratives, and listen to his experience using storytelling to organize Vermonters to build a climate justice movement.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “Community, as an Ecosystem, for Liberation” a colloquium talk by Liv Peña, Vice Chair of the Vermont Releaf Collective Board and Samantha Langevin, Network Manager for the Vermont Releaf Collective.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • 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
  • Environmental Studies Program Fall Cider Social

    Come meet fellow ES majors, minors, and faculty. Learn more about the major and opportunities in the program and get any questions answered prior to spring registration. Prospective majors and minors are also encouraged to attend. Apples, cider, and cider doughnuts will be served.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Closed to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Dedication of the Stephen C. Trombulak Nature Sanctuary

    This dedication and reception for the newly designated Stephen C. Trombulak Nature Sanctuary will be an opportunity to both introduce the sanctuary as an important educational resource for our community and to celebrate Professor Emeritus Steve Trombulak’s 34 years as a faculty member in biology and environmental studies, and his continuing work in natural history education and nature conservation.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Carbon pricing: three decades in, what happened and what's next?

    Casey Pickett, Planetary Solutions Project Director, Director of the Carbon Charge at Yale University and Pricing Nature podcast host will lead a conversation about the development and evolving roles and realities of putting a price on carbon.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • The world we are dreaming into being: Conversations to cultivate hope, possibility and action

    What is the world we want to live in? The world we are already living into! How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other and the planet? Curious?! Join Carolyn Finney, Artist-in-Residence, and Sophia Calvi ‘03.5, Director of Programming, Franklin Env Center, for the first of three discussions they will host during fall semester. The additional dates are Oct. 18 and Nov. 29.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “Ecology Against Empire: spiders, sex, and feminist field science” by Ashton Wesner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Colby College.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • FFW: Campus Trees Celebration!

    Meet at the front porch of Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest to join the popular Campus Tree Tour led by passionate Middlebury horticulturalist and tree expert Tim Parsons. Learn fun facts and hear stories about various trees around campus. Tim will also explain how he manages our rural Vermont campus as an urban forest. 

    Check out Tim Parson’s blog right here

    Middlebury College

    Closed to the Public
  • FFW: Open House at The Knoll

    The Knoll, Middlebury College’s garden and mindfulness space, is a three-acre plot with vegetables, fruits, and flowers stewarded by Middlebury students. The Knoll serves as an inclusive space that supports students’ holistic development in an environment that promotes discourse about world food issues. While growing rows of tomatoes for Atwater Dining Hall or visiting Vermont farms, students come to understand some of the challenges associated with food production, and explore locally- and organically-based solutions.

    The Knoll

    Closed to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “Why Should We Care About the High Seas?” Kristina M. Gjerde, Adjunct Professor, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, and Senior High Seas Advisor to IUCN’s Ocean Team.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “Living in Relationship: An Abenaki View of Place.” Melody Mackin, Associate Director Atowi Project.

    Melody Mackin will discuss what it means to live in relationship with place and how the Abenaki view the world of creation. Indigenous identity is inseparable from place and the traditions of the past can often be the best solutions for our future.

    Virtual Middlebury

    Open to the Public
  • A Global Call to Heal the Planet

    What are the global limits to sustainable growth and development? Can we stay within them and how?

    Mahaney Arts Center, Olin C. Robison Concert Hall

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • The world we are dreaming into being: Conversations to cultivate hope, possibility and action

    What is the world we want to live in? The world we are already living into! How can we cultivate a stronger sense of connection to self, each other and the planet? Curious?! Join Carolyn Finney, Artist-in-Residence, and Sophia Calvi ‘03.5, Director of Programming, Franklin Env Center, for the first of three discussions they will host during fall semester. The additional dates are Oct. 18 and Nov. 29.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    MIDD-ES CORE PANEL DISCUSSION: Conflict Transformation

    Dan Brayton, Julian W. Abernethy Professor of Literature
    Jeff Howarth, Associate Professor of Geography
    Jon Isham, Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
    Monica Przyperhart, Visiting Laboratory Professor in Environmental Studies

    Dana Auditorium (Sunderland Language Center)

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll Garden Volunteer Hours

    Join us for weekly Garden Volunteer Hours at the Knoll. All are welcome, no signups are required. Full information and updates for weather are posted right here.  

    The Knoll

    Open to the Public
  • Knoll BIPOC Affinity Garden Volunteer Hours

    Thursday Garden Volunteer sessions are held as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and other people of color) affinity space for students, faculty, staff and community members. Please find more information right here.  

    The Knoll

    Closed to the Public
  • Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series

    “How Business Model Innovation is Working to Combat Climate Change.” Pier LaFarge ‘10.5, CEO, Sparkfund, Phil Croker ‘16, Senior Director, Sparkfund, Kwame Mukasa ‘19, Program Manager, Sparkfund.

    An exploration of how innovative business models are being put to work to deliver new solutions to the climate crisis, across decarbonization, resilience and electrification technology, from wildfire prevention to building energy efficiency and beyond.

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public
  • Environmental Affairs Welcome Back Social

    Welcome back!  Join the Environmental Affairs team for a gathering in Franklin Environmental Center to reconnect, share food, and ignite exciting collaborations around sustainability and climate change for the coming year.  

    Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard-Hillcrest 103

    Open to the Public

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