The Green Poodle

middlebury's environmental online resource

November 29, 2012
by Gillian Lui

Movie Screening of YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip


Come to Hillcrest’s Orchard Room on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4 p.m. to enjoy a movie screening of YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip, hosted by your Campus Sustainability Coordinators. The following is a movie synopsis from the film’s website:

3 friends. 50 States. One wild year! Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road – traveling America with hope, humor . . . and all of their garbage for the year – to explore the good, the bad, and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity’s greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and music by Ben Sollee, Mark Geary and more.

The YERT Feature Film had its world premiere at the 2011 Environmental Film Festival at Yale, where it received the Audience Award, tied with Oscar-nominated Waste Land!

October 19, 2012
by Avery McNiff

Farm Service Day at Evening Song Farm


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:

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 email Avery at if you are interested in helping out by Wednesday, October 24th so we can arrange transportation.

Hope to see you there.

October 8, 2012
by Avery McNiff

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant!

Have an idea for a project related to sustainability?
Apply for an Environmental Council Grant!

Receive $25-$2,500 in funding to support initiatives on or off campus.
Grants available to faculty, staff, and students.
To apply and for more info: go/ec
Applications due Monday, October 29th
Contact Avery McNiff ( with questions.


October 3, 2012
by Gillian Lui

Let’s Get TRASHY

Confused about how to properly dispose of your waste? Interested in learning more about how you can produce less? If so, Tuesday, October 9th is your lucky day! Bring your trash from the week to Proctor Road anytime between 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Middlebury’s Campus Sustainability Coordinators will work with you to teach you what’s recyclable, where you should be sending your used batteries and empty ink cartridges, where your waste goes after it leaves your trash bin, and more. Don’t be shy about the amount of waste you bring because the CSCs are hoping to get trashy!

For more information, check out Trash Tuesday! on Facebook.

September 30, 2012
by Gillian Lui

Sign Up For Project Green Challenge

You still have time to sign up for Project Green Challenge 2012, a competition hosted by Teens Turning Green to inspire young people to take action on green issues and green living. Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up for the challenge HERE. Although the competition already began on October 1, you can still sign up at any point in the month.

2. Every day during the month of October, you’ll receive an email containing a new challenge related to a specific green theme (ex. food, water, advocacy, renewable energy…). You’ll have 24 hours to complete this challenge and document it.

You’ll be eligible to win a new prize for every daily challenge you complete. Also, those who complete the 30-day challenge will be invited to apply for the challenge finals, and up to 12 finalists from this finals group will be selected to attend a three-day eco summit in San Francisco, CA, with the chance to win awesome swag bags and prize packages.

Middlebury’s CSCs are taking on the 2012 Project Green Challenge. Are you?

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