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News from the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest


Greetings from the dean and director

News and notes from Dean of Environmental Affairs Nan Jenks-Jay and Director of Environmental Studies Jon Isham.

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Bumblebees, climate change, and how we see the sea

Catch up with the latest environmental studies research by Middlebury faculty and students.

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Understanding—and appreciating—the land around us

Marc Lapin and student researchers help us better understand the ecological values, history, and potential of the College’s forests, wetlands, meadows, and hayfields.

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Students in senior seminars explore the future of a sustainable Vermont

This year’s environmental studies senior seminars focused on the history of environmental action in Vermont and how the state can thrive in a climate-altered future.

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Writer Gary Nabhan brings inspiration to campus

In January, we welcomed author and farm and food advocate Gary Nabhan as our 2014 Environmental Writer in Residence.

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Teaching education for sustainability

This winter, Emily Hoyler and her students in Education for Sustainability in Action ventured out of the classroom and into Vermont schools and communities to learn as well as teach.

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Middlebury hosts U.S. energy summit in early May

On May 16, Middlebury hosted U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, Rep. Peter Welch, and Gov. Peter Shumlin at the “Vermont Sustainable Energy Summit.”

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Is it working? Research says “Yes!”

More and more faculty are learning new ways to integrate sustainability into the curriculum, and psychology professor Michelle McCauley tells us whether it’s working.

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