The Green Poodle

middlebury's environmental online resource

January 10, 2013
by Avery McNiff

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant!

happy earth day

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, providing a new solution to a difficult problem, and having continuity beyond the initial funding phase.

To learn more and apply visit go/ec
Applications due: February 1, 2013
For more information contact:


November 12, 2012
by Avery McNiff

Sign up for the C2C Workshop Series, hosted by Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy

The workshop, which will occur at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy in New York, November 30th – December 2nd, is part of a series called the “C2C Fellows” workshops ( C2C stands for Campus to Congress, and also for Campus to Capitol, to City Hall, and to Corporation. The workshop convenes regional weekend training sessions that support students to envision a path to early leadership and to develop their skills to ensure achievement. This interactive workshop covers communication, entrepreneurship, environmental and climate science, media, raising capital, and other critical topics. It is taught by Dr. Eban Goodstein, an economist, scholar, Director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, and Dean of the Bard MBA in Sustainability.

Club leaders get the registration fee completely waived and groups of 5 or more receive a discount. Email for more information or if you’re interested!

November 9, 2012
by Avery McNiff

Need a compost bin for your room or office?

Help distribute green bins around campus and spread the goodness of composting! It’s this easy: first, send an email to and request a  location, stop by Hillcrest 109 to pick up a bin up for your room, suite, office, hallway etc. and we’ll notify facilities about the new bins to be emptied.

November 6, 2012
by Avery McNiff

Wanted/Needed: FOO Coordinator 2013!

FOO (February Outdoor Orientation) is the orientation program for Febs and it needs a coordinator!  Job includes trip planning, leader training, and overall stupendous organization!  Go/SEO and search for campus jobs!  The application is open until filled (no deadline but get your app in ASAP if you are interested!)

NOTE: The announcement accepting FOO leaders will be issued later, this is simply for FOO Coordinator.

October 24, 2012
by Jordan Collins

Divest For Our Future student panel

Thursday night – 10/25 at 8:30 pm, in Axinn 229 – a new student group called Divest For Our Future is hosting a panel on Middlebury’s endowment and  divesting from fossil fuels.  This group and members of  SRI will be discussing this growing national (led by Bill McKibben!) movement to empower students and schools and use investments to combat climate change. Come talk or listen to discussion about this issue of growing interest!

October 23, 2012
by Gillian Lui

Campus Sustainability Day

Wednesday, October 24th is the 10th annual Campus Sustainability Day! Help Middlebury celebrate this nation-wide event by enjoying delicious food sourced from local Vermont farms during candlelit dinner at both Proctor and Ross.

Menu items will include butternut squash soup with squash, apples, and maple syrup from McKinley and Cook Farms in Waltham, VT; whole wheat dinner roles made with ingredients from Gleason Grains in Bridport VT; corn pudding made with ingredients from Nitty Gritty Corn Meal in Charlotte, VT; local pulled pork with homemade BBQ sauce from Vermont Heritage Grazers in Bridport, VT; roasted root vegetables from Lewis Creek Farm in Starksboro, VT; and ice cream from Wilcox, VT.

October 22, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler

Do The Math Events

It’s simple math: we can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon and stay below 2°C of warming — anything more than that risks catastrophe for life on earth. The only problem? Fossil fuel corporations now have 2,795 gigatons in their reserves, five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all — unless we rise up to stop them.

This November, Bill McKibben and are hitting the road to build the movement that will change the terrifying math of the climate crisis.

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For more information as well as the times and locations of future events, go to

October 22, 2012
by Jake Nonweiler

Reel Rock Film Tour

The Reel Rock Film Tour features short films made by some of the world’s best adventure filmmakers about the world’s best climbers. The trailer ( speaks for itself but it features everything from mountaineering to sport climbing to free soloing. Tickets are $10 if you pre-register or $12 at the door.  MMC will provide transportation!  Van will leave leave from Adirondack Circle at 5:30 and get back around 9:30. Email Zach to sign up (

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