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Sustainability Pledge Benefit

We’re excited to announce the Sustainability Pledge Benefit available to all Middlebury College faculty and staff!

One of our core values at Middlebury is a commitment to leadership in environmental stewardship and sustainability. As a way to support this value and to celebrate our recent achievement of carbon neutrality, Middlebury is encouraging employees to reduce their personal carbon footprint by offering a Sustainability Pledge Benefit, thanks to a generous gift from a local donor.

Middlebury will offer employees up to $200 towards qualifying sustainability purchases or actions. Employees whose household incomes are eligible for 3SquaresVT benefit can receive up to $250 towards qualifying sustainability purchases or actions. Qualifying purchases include things like Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, membership of a local food cooperative, seeds, composting equipment, bicycles for commuting, and ENERGY STAR appliances – see the program website for full details.

Note that we have a limited fund, which is being offered on a first come, first serve basis until the funds are used up.

How to Access the Sustainability Pledge Benefit

Getting reimbursed for your Sustainability Pledge Benefit is a 3-step process:

  1. Visit the Middlebury Sustainability Pledge Benefit web page at: http://www.middlebury.edu/sustainability/academics-and-research/environmental-council/sustainability-pledge-benefit and review the tips on how to reduce household and transportation carbon emissions.
  1. Choose one or more of the actions and purchases that are eligible for the benefit and sign the pledge to reduce carbon emissions and the specific actions you will take.
  2. Carry out your qualifying action and/or make your purchase and complete the reimbursement form with proof of purchase no later than June 5th.

After submitting the form and proof of purchase/action you will receive your reimbursement via your payroll check (note: reimbursements are subject to income tax).

We look forward to supporting your efforts as you reduce your carbon footprint!

Environmental Council