Kristin Smith

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Using Dining Hall’s Table Tents for Student Outreach

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What’s a fast, effective way to publicize your event to a diverse body of students? Table tents!

Table tents are the 5×7″ posters that sit on the tables in the dining halls. Middlebury College departments, centers, students organizations, etc can reserve the table tents for one week (Friday to Friday). The Office of Sustainability Integration manages the table tent reservations. Visit go/tabletent for more information.


Coming in January 2015 – A new process for table tents:

Step 1. Reserve the table tents

  • Email your reservation request with preferred dates to Kris Smith: kksmith@middlebury.edu
  • Table tents are put in on Friday afternoons and taken out on Friday mornings (we try to keep the switch to Fridays to make it simpler for Dining Services)

Step 2. Design your table tent announcement

  • Dimensions: 5in wide x 7in tall
  • Print the same announcement on both sides of paper.
  • All table tents must include the phrase “Printed on 100% recycled paper.”
  • Request your table tents to be printed on 100% recycled paper.

Step 3. Have your announcement approved.

Step 4. Print 130 copies of your table tent announcements.

  • Use heavy weight paper to prevent bleeding through to the other side

Step 5. Drop off your table tents at the Office of Sustainability Integration in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest (Room 109) by 9am on the first day of your reservation.

  • You will receive a reminder email from Kristin Smith about your reservation
  • Bring your table tents to the Office of Sustainability Integration by 9:00 a.m. on the first day of your reservation (feel free to bring table tents a day or two earlier).
  • A student worker will put up and take down your table tents in all three dining halls.
  • If you want to receive your table tent back after the reservation, please let us know in advance. Otherwise, we will recycle them for you.

Questions? Call Kris Smith at 802.443.2536 or by email, kksmith@middlebury.edu

New ideas for campus sustainability: Exploring a Microgrid proposal

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The Campus as an Energy Island: Exploring the Microgrid Option
Wednesday, November 12
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room

On Wednesday, November 12 the College will host a panel to discuss the feasibility and costs/benefits of creating a Middlebury College microgrid as a way for its electrical system to become more resilient to future extreme climate events.

In recent years, rapid changes in energy technology have opened the door for localized power distribution, creating the opportunity for a fundamental shift in our society’s system of electricity production and transmission. In planning for the impacts of climate change, there is a pressing need for both increased grid resilience and the integration of renewable power sources, both of which can be addressed by widespread integration of microgrids.

As an institution with electrical needs and existing infrastructure and capital, Middlebury is ideally sized and suited to help pioneer this important technology. The challenge moving forward is in developing sophisticated control systems that will allow for maximum safety and efficiency, while also maximizing cost-saving potential. The panel will discuss the recent upsurge in microgrids across the country, the technology shifts that have enabled it, and the benefits of grid-organized distributed electricity generation in Vermont.

 

Oct. 20 – 24: Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium

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Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium at Middlebury College
October 20 – 24, 2014
Organized by Middlebury students in the Eat Real student group
Schedule of Events

This year’s MCAB fall symposium, hosted by EatReal, focuses on food justice and injustice on local, national, and international scales. Highlighting the social and political implications of food production and consumption, we will also explore how class, gender, and race are intrinsically linked to our present food system. Numerous lectures and workshops will help us to critically examine how policy and activism can address food security and access, creating a more socially just food system for all. For more information, visit go/eatreal.

Tuesday, October 21
Eric Holt-Giménez. Food Regimes and Food Movements: Time for Transformation
Wilson Hall, McCullough
7:30 p.m.
This talk by Eric Holt-Giménez is part of the Food [in]Justice in the 21st Century Symposium, co-hosted by student group EatReal and MCAB, that will focus on access to sustainable and healthy food at a local, national, and global level.  Holt-Giménez is Executive Director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy, a “peoples’ think-and-do tank” dedicated to eliminating the injustices that cause hunger and environmental degradation. Previously, he worked as Latin American Program Manager at the Bank Information Center in Washington, DC, where he monitored the projects and policies of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Tuesday, October 21
Migrant Justice Panel
Axinn Center 100
4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 22
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper. On Ferguson, Thug Kitchen, and Trayvon Martin: Intersections of [Post] Race-Consciousness, Food Justice, and Hip Hop Vegan Ethics
Mead Chapel
7:30 p.m.
Sistah Vegan aka Dr. A. Breeze Harper discusses her new book project that focuses on critical race and black feminist perspective on black male vegan activists using hip hop methodologies to teach about veganism and other intersectional issues such as decolonizing the diet, being ‘race-conscious’, and using gardening to combat the prison to pipeline phenomenon.

Thursday, October 23
Hunger Free Vermont
Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest 103 (The Orchard)
4:30 p.m.

View the poster for a full schedule of events: http://www.middlebury.edu/media/view/486769/original/food_injustice_small.pdf

Apply for an Environmental Council Grant – up to $2,500

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Up to $2,500 for sustainability projects on and off campus
Open to staff, faculty, and students

We prioritize projects that are:

  • Collaborative – Brings together diverse stakeholders from across campus
  • Creative – Helps to solve difficult problem with innovative solutions
  • Sustainable – Has a plan that extends beyond initial funding phase

Proposals due Wednesday, October 15
Apply online at go/ec

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Employee transportation benefit: Make your commute cheaper, easier, and more sustainable

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Middlebury staff and faculty ride all CCTA and ACTR buses for FREE, including the commuter buses to Burlington and Rutland. Riding CCTA and/or ACTR buses saves you money while lowering your carbon footprint.

ACTR bus routes and schedules / CCTA bus routes and schedules

To ride the free commuter buses, you will need a sticker from Human Resources for your Middlebury ID card:

  1. Go to Human Resources with your Middlebury ID Card and ask for the CCTA/ACTR sticker for your ID
  2. When you ride an CCTA or ACTR bus, show your Middlebury ID to the bus driver
  3.  The College reimburses rides on CCTA and ACTR commuter buses at NO expense to staff and faculty

NOTE: This is a staff and faculty benefit only. While students ride the Middlebury ACTR buses for free, they pay for the commuter buses.

Commuter Bus Routes

  • Tri-Town Shuttle Bus: Middlebury – Vergennes – New Haven – Bristol
  • Burlington LINK Express: Middlebury – Vergennes – Ferrisburgh  – Charlotte – Shelburne – Burlington
  • 116 Commuter: Middlebury – Bristol – Starksboro – Hinesburg – South Burlington – Burlington
  • Rutland Connector: Middlebury – Salisbury – Leicester – Brandon – Pittsford – Rutland

If you are unsure about how to use the bus system or where to park to catch a bus, contact Kris Smith at kksmith@middlebury or 802.443.2536.


Middlebury College partnered with the Addison Country Transit Resources (ACTR) and the Chittenden County Transport Authority  (CCTA) to offer this employee benefit.

Support the Student-run Farm Stand

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The Middlebury College Organic Farm’s stand will be open on specified days throughout the month of August. They’ll be selling fresh herbs, flowers, and veggies—including cucumbers, zucchinis, greens, onions, potatoes and more.

Check the Office of Sustainability Integration’s facebook page or twitter feed for farm stand announcements.

NEXT FARM STAND DATE:
Thursday August 21, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Courtyard in front of McCullough Student Center

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Join the Environmental Council

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The Middlebury Environmental Council (EC) is looking for staff interested in serving on the Council for the 2014-15 academic year. The EC is a standing committee that develops policy recommendations, initiates projects in partnership with the Office of Sustainability Integration and other departments at the College, manages an environmental grants program, and advises the President on environmental and sustainability related matters.

>> Apply to be on the Environmental Council
Deadline: August 31

About the Environmental Council
The EC is composed of faculty, students and staff and is co-chaired by a faculty member and the Director of the Office of Sustainability Integration. The Council operates through committees. This year we will (tentatively) focus on climate change adaptation (what should the College be doing post carbon neutrality); environmental, social, and governance principles (related to socially responsible investing); and land management.

Meetings are held on Mondays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. once a month with committee meetings in between as needed.

Being an active member of the EC is a good opportunity to work closely with an engaged group of students, faculty and staff advancing the environmental and sustainability leadership of the College while developing your own leadership skills.

If interested, please submit your application here.  Applications due by August 31. Send any questions to sustainability@middlebury.edu.