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It seems as if every few days, Middlebury is being recognized nationally for the strides we are making on our path to carbon neutrality and sustainability. As our thanks to you for partnering with us in these efforts, please enjoy these stories from campus and beyond. They are evidence of how Middlebury students, faculty, staff, and alumni are collectively making a difference.
—Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs

• Ron Liebowitz One of Time Magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents”
Time magazine recently named President Liebowitz to their list of the 10 Best College Presidents for his commitment to carbon-neutrality and going green, largely through the biomass-gasification plant now heating campus. read more

• From Copenhagen: Students, Alumni Help Shape Climate Discussion
Scholar in residence and founder of, Bill McKibben, and seven alumni from Middlebury classes of 2006 and 2007 have worked diligently to form an international climate activism movement and played a pivotal role in climate negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Additionally, three current students were there representing environmental groups from the U.S., Canada, and Denmark. read more

• Franklin Environmental Center Builds Dashboard Monitoring System to Manage Resources
Designed to provide new interactive teaching and learning opportunities, a recently installed dashboard monitoring system displays data on solar electricity production, electricity consumption, water use, and weather information in the building, helping students contextualize and visualize building resources. read more

• Students Observe Rich Farming Culture of Vermont, Narrate Stories of Resiliency and History
Last fall, students in Professor John Elder’s Environmental Studies and English and American Literatures class, Farm Stories, studied the rich histories of farms throughout Vermont. The farmers they met, the stories they heard, and the sustainable agriculture they observed served as inspiration for creative narratives about the resilience of Vermont farmers and the challenges they face. read more

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