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The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest

Just one month ago, the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest said goodbye to its latest class of graduating environmental studies majors. While we will miss their academic fervor, on-campus leadership, and creative energy, it is with great anticipation that we watch them go into the world to begin their life’s work of environmental innovation and social betterment. Their time at Middlebury taught them to apply intellect and passion to real-world problems; to question conventional wisdom and easy answers; and to effect change through new ideas and untested solutions. They now join the ranks of alumni, parents, and friends who have committed themselves to better understanding—and actively improving— our relationship with the natural world and with each other. Never has the need for such work been so immediate. As always, I invite you to stay connected to the College’s environmental and sustainability community through this newsletter, where you will find the stories of our faculty, staff, and current students and their many on-and off-campus initiatives. I invite you, too, to visit us online, through our website and Facebook page, where you can share stories, photos, and links of your own. Let’s do this work together.
—Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs

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To learn more about what is going on at the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest visit middlebury.edu/sustainability/

 Middlebury adds solar farm to energy portfolio
Thirty-four sun-seeking trackers from Williston-based AllEarth Renewables keep the College on track to achieve its 2016 carbon neutrality goal.  read more

• Environmental learning moves beyond the classroom
Over the summer, students put their education to work solving real-world problems through a broad array of environmental internships.   read more

• Middlebury College, Vermont Law School sign agreement
The agreement guarantees qualified Middlebury students and graduates admission to Vermont Law School.  read more

• Visiting speakers highlight linked nature of environmental issues
Guests ranging from a geochemist specializing in environmental justice to the director of programs at the Natural Resources Defense Council demonstrated how environmental problems require creative solutions drawn from a broad range of disciplines.  read more

• Middlebury students in Chile share love for nature with local children
Through the Manos Verdes (Green Hands) program—started by Katie Siegner ’12 during her studies in Chile—students in Chile’s Middlebury program connect local schoolchildren with the natural world through outdoor field trips.  read more

• After Irene: adaptation, policy, and management
Students in the spring 2012 environmental studies senior seminar partnered with several Vermont agencies to examine issues—including repeat damage to transportation networks and the lasting effects of river modifications—that arose after Tropical Storm Irene.  read more

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