Middlebury College takes its commitment to sustainability seriously, as evidenced by a trustees’ resolution that mandates that the college will achieve carbon neutrality by 2016. Additionally, Middlebury is advancing the cause of sustainability on campus through the recent completion of a $12 million biomass gasification system (or, more simply put, a furnace that burns renewable wood chips), which will reduce carbon emissions on campus by 40 percent and oil consumption by a whopping 1 million gallons. The school looks to make “ethical and just decisions about production, exchange, and consumption,” while “meeting present and future human needs while protecting and restoring ecological resilience and integrity.” In 2011, Middlebury College became a member of the Founding Circle for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” which encourages the college and university community to invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements. On top of that, the college’s (gorgeous) Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest achieved LEED Platinum, making it the first building in Vermont to do so, and the seventh nationwide. Middlebury is just as dedicated to instilling a commitment to green living in students as it is to building a greener campus. The college promotes environmental internships and job opportunities through events like the annual Careers in the Common Good Week, which has “dedicated speaker panels, skill-building workshops, and featured employer information sessions with [an] emphasis on environmental careers and advice.” Middlebury has also sent a team of students to participate in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which challenges college students to “design, and build solar-powered houses that are attractive, cost-effective, and energy-efficient.” Their house took 4th place overall, debuting on the mall in Washington, D.C., along with eighteen other houses.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food
Available Transportation Alternatives
Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.