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Environmental Council and Grantees Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, MAY 14TH, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
The Orchard, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
Stop by for ice cream and hear from the Environmental Council and its grantees about what they’ve been working on this year including:

• Earth Yoga

• Energy conservation messaging

• Socially responsible investing
• Divestment

• Real Food

• Wildlife corridors

• Greening Kunming’s school abroad

• Bike fixit stations

• Growing the growers

• Vermont student climate coalition

• Electric vehicle charging stations

• Biomethane and carbon neutrality

• Indoor plant propagation

Environmental Council Seeks Input re: Electric Car Charging Stations

The Environmental Council is evaluating the possibility of installing electric vehicle charging stations on campus. We would love to hear your thoughts and recommendations regarding this exciting initiative.

Please email acook@middlebury.edu if you drive an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid, are considering purchasing one, or have any insights you would like to add to the discussion.

Questions:

1) Do you currently drive an electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid?

2) Would you be more likely to purchase one if Middlebury College installed electric vehicle charging stations?

3) Which locations on campus are most conducive to charging stations?

4) Any other comments?

Request for Grant Proposals – Deadline Extended

NOTE: deadline extended to October 25, 2013

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant. Receive $25 -$2,500 in funding. Available to students, faculty and staff. Advance sustainability on or off campus.

Apply and learn more at GO/EC. Proposals due Friday, October 25th.

We have found that the most successful funded projects are collaborative, creative, and sustainable- bringing together groups and individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, providing a new solution to a difficult problem, and having continuity beyond the initial funding phase.

 

Environmental Council Grants – Request for Proposals

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant. Receive $25 -$2500 in funding. Available to student, faculty and staff. Advance sustainability on or off campus.

Apply and learn more at GO/EC. Proposals due Friday, October 18th.

We have found that the most successful funded projects are collaborative, creative, and sustainable- bringing together groups and individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds, providing a new solution to a difficult problem, and having continuity beyond the initial funding phase.

Composting perfection – a few bins away

Middlebury College is a world class composting powerhouse. We are higher ed champions of turning food waste into rich compost that nourishes the soil of the campus landscape. Most of what would be landfilled and wasted is used – except for a few locations around campus. And now, a nearly perfect composting system is within our reach.

You can make the difference simply by requesting a small compost bucket designed for use in your work space, kitchenette, or recycling area. Join your colleagues in 85 other locations around campus who have piloted a test program for the past several years with grant support from the Environmental Council and help from the Campus Sustainability Coordinators. 

At your request, Facilities will deliver a green compost bin and custodial staff will empty it regularly with their recycling and waste pickups. It’s simple and convenient and it’s working. Just email recycling@middlebury.edu with the location where you’d like to have a compost bin. Thanks!

Give Your Car a Break

 
 
May 13-17 is Way to Go Week, an annual event where organizations across the state compete to see who can reduce the most carbon pollution in one week.
 
Middlebury College is up for the challenge and we encourage you to participate by taking the bus, riding a bike, walking or carpooling at least one day more than normal during Way to Go Week.
 
 
For help planning your route from home to work check out Middlebury’s transportation page or Way to Go’s site:
 
Motor vehicles are the single greatest contributor to air pollution in Vermont. By reducing the amount of cars driving to campus daily we can significantly reduce the amount of pollutants caused by transportation. It’s also a great way to meet a new friend or enjoy the spring weather (the forecast looks good next week). We hope you’ll join us and have some fun!
 

Help Middlebury Win National Competition

Middlebury has been selected as a finalist in Second Nature’s Climate Leadership Awards. This national organization’s award program recognizes innovative and advanced leadership among campuses that participate in the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

We have entered a video highlighting our leadership in this area. Viewers have the opportunity to vote for the most innovative and groundbreaking institution daily. Voting takes place throughout April in partnership with Planet Forward.

Please take a moment to vote and help spread the word to other Midd fans. http://planetforward.org/climate-leadership-awards-2013/

Your support is greatly appreciated! We need your votes (due to an email problem we were informed late about the start date of the voting part of the competition).

 

Be Bright – Energy Survey

Help us get better at using energy.

This brief (2-3 minutes) survey by the Sustainability Integration Office will help inform us how to better approach energy conservation on campus.

Middlebury College has pledged to be carbon neutral by 2016. How we use and conserve energy plays a central role in achieving that goal, both as an institution and in our own personal habits and practices.

 

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant this J-term!

The Environmental Council is now requesting a second round of grant proposals for the 2012-2013 academic year. Grants range from $25- $2500 and fund projects that reflect and inspire environmental leadership and spread sustainability initiatives on and off campus.

We have found that the most successful projects are collaborative and creative– bringing together groups and individuals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds and providing a new solution to a difficult problem. Proposals are welcome from all faculty, staff and students.

Learn more and apply at go/ec
Applications due: February 1, 2013
For more information contact: sustainability_integration@middlebury.edu

Join in on a Farm Service Day October 27

WHERE: Evening Song Farm south of Rutland. The owners lost the entire farm last year due to Irene and are still working to rebuild their infrastructure on a new location. As winter approaches, there is a lot of work to be done and extra hands are needed. During this particular weekend, the farm needs help spreading mulch over a quarter acre of garlic and harvesting winter root crops.
Read more about the farm here: http://www.eveningsongcsa.com/
WHEN: Saturday, October 27th. We’ll meet at ADK circle at noon, arrive at the farm by 1pm and work until we’re worn out (not past sun set).
WHO: Anyone and everyone. Invite your friends!
Please e-mail Avery McNiff of the Sustainability Integration Office at amcniff@middlebury.edu if you are interested in helping out by Wednesday, October 24, so we can arrange transportation.

Hope to see you there.