Welcoming the Carbon-Neutral Class

How do you explain carbon neutrality to a group of first-years? Cue the carbon-shredding sharks, of course! Director of Sustainability Integration Jack Byrne did just that during an orientation barbecue hosted by President Ron Liebowitz and his wife Jessica for the class of 2016. He wanted to get their attention in a new way—and also get them excited to help the college reach its goal of carbon neutrality by the time they graduate. Take a look at how he and his group of Campus Sustainability Coordinators made it happen.


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  1. If anyone can make it happen, you folks at Middlebury can! I applaud your efforts and wish I were there to help!
    Keep up the innovation and good works!
    Bill E

  2. Thanks for the creative education/ motivation video!
    I am impressed by the heating biomass and efficiency solar initiatives
    Fantastic!

    I am intrigued by commute to and from the beautiful yet remote campus of
    Middlebury.

    I had though it must be a ton of gas that Is used.

    I did back of the envelope calculation:

    1 gallon of gas when burned releases 20 lb CO2.

    Assume only 2000 students coming back from Spring break, and 1/2 are sharing a ride so 1,000 cars
    Assume average 1way commute is 150 miles
    Assume 25 mpg

    6 gallons per car, 20 ponds CO2 per gallon = 120 pounds CO2 per car x 1000 cars = 120,000 lbs CO2
    Double that to get home =240,000 lbs CO2 or 120 tons

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    September November December January March May = 720 tons CO2 to transport 2000 students

    Please check my math and assumptions; many take bus, some commute much shorter, others have more ful efficient cars, etc. the point is it literally is hundreds of tons of CO2.

    One possible solution is to promote alternative vehicles like EV and grease cars for those who have grease ready diesel cars! Maybe set up a ‘grease station’?!

    Wesleyan university has solar car port units parking lot with 240 Vot EV charger : commuters are driving on sunshine!

    http://www.wesleyan.edu/athletics/news/2012/02/solarpanelribboncutting020312.html

    As an EV driver I would like to see Middlebury add cheap trickle charge 120 volt outlets to some parking spots, maybe even 1-2 240 fast chargers as well.

    Of course we all would love a Tesla EV that has 250 mile range!!

    Tom
    Middlebury parent

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