With its launch in the Fall of 2020, the Climate Action Fellowship program offers students from various backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to deeply engage in collaborative thinking and skill development on how to confront the climate crisis in meaningful ways. Fellows work together (and with partners and mentors) to identify their own roles and theories of change while supporting the engaged learning pillar of Energy2028. They coordinate with groups on campus and in the community through a mix of defined projects and projects of their own design to envision pathways for all students to leave Middlebury with the knowledge, motivation, and capacity to act on climate change in just and equitable ways.
Applications are open March 15 – April 25th 2021 for the second cohort!
Click HERE for more details about the 2021-2022 Fellowship
The Sustainability Solutions Lab (SSL) is a program through the Office of Sustainability Integration. The SSL, located in the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, provides our community with resources, information and support to carry out sustainability-related projects on campus dealing typically with waste, energy and transportation. The SSL employs student interns who work either during the regular fall and spring semesters or intensively over the summer and Winter Term. This opportunity is a great way to gain skills and experience doing project-based consulting work while being a full-time student.
We are hiring summer interns! Read more and apply here by 5pm on Sunday, April 18th 2021.
You can read about what it’s like to be a part of the SSL on the SSL Blog. Currently, the SSL is playing a major role in meeting the goals of Energy2028. Contact Eva Fillion (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
How do we build a just and equitable future at Middlebury as we address the climate crisis? How might Energy2028 play a part in that? What should we consider in the future? We are thrilled to have the chance to dive into these ideas and many others during a series of Earth Week Energy2028 events planned for April 19-23, and we invite students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to join in the conversation! These events will serve to help us understand how Middlebury College has approached climate priorities and the paths we should consider going forward.
Monday, April 19, 5pm: a discussion of our past and how we arrived at Energy2028 featuring Middlebury College President Laurie Patton, Provost Jeff Cason, Schumann Distinguished Scholar Bill McKibben, 350.org co-founder Phil Aroneanu ‘06.5, students, and others.
Wednesday, April 21, 5pm: a discussion of our present—our progress, priorities, and challenges in implementing Energy2028 to date, especially as we seek to integrate justice in our work and navigate COVID-19. This panel will highlight work from across campus.
The Program in Design, Partnering, Management, and Innovation (DPMI), founded in 2003, was created to meet the needs of activists, students, and young professionals who wish to enter or advance in a social justice career. The program––now with 2,200 alumni––places heavy emphasis on social change tools as well as an exploration of identity and power. The principles of human-centered design, social entrepreneurship, transparency, accountability, and collaboration are tightly woven into all discussions and applications of these tools. Participants blend skills-based learning with theoretical knowledge and earn a certificate upon program completion. Program alumni consistently report that they use what they have learned in DPMI to spark change, both domestically and internationally.
The next DPMI session will be conducted virtually from August 2-20, 2021. Days 1-3 and 11-12 are asynchronous. Days 4-10 and 13-15 synchronous and run from 9 AM to 4 PM PDT. Synchronous days are a mix of team-based problem-solving, client interaction, peer-to-peer feedback, and coaching from DPMI faculty. Program tuition is $1,250, but participants who register before July 1, 2021, are eligible for an early bird special rate of $1000. For further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, visit bit.ly/DPMI-enroll.
The Earth Institute at Columbia University
offers one of the world’s richest selections of academic programs in
sustainability and related environmental fields. We invite you to learn about
these programs. If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree or a
professional certification in these rapidly growing areas, please consider one
of the following programs:
M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy –
full time, one year intensive program Since 2002, this
one-year program has prepared future environmental sustainability leaders to
take on the world’s biggest challenges. The program is offered jointly by the
School of International and Public Affairs and Columbia’s Earth Institute.
Application deadlines: November 1 (early decision), January 15 (fellowship
consideration), February 15 (final).
M.S in Sustainability Management – part time /
full time, evening classes A flexible degree
program for those who wish to pursue a career in management that takes into
account both the environment and the economy. Graduates transform how
organizations do business by formulating and implementing sustainability
strategies. The program is offered jointly by the School of Professional
Studies and Columbia’s Earth Institute. Application deadlines: November 1 for
Spring enrolment, and May 15 for Fall enrolment.
M.S in Sustainability Science – part time / full time, evening classes In this program, professionals with technical backgrounds learn how to help their organizations better understand, predict, and address environmental impacts. The program is offered jointly by the School of Professional Studies and Columbia’s Earth Institute. Application deadlines: November 1 for Spring enrollment, and May 15 for Fall enrollment. For further details, queries may be directed to Stephanie Hoyt [email@example.com].
Friday, November 15, Wilson Hall, McCullough Student Center, 9:00a – 12:30pm
Imagine a perennial future by joining the 2nd annual Conversations in Ag and Culture Conference on regeneration, reciprocity, relationship, and recovery in the Champlain Valley and beyond. Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley will feature keynote speaker Dr. Aubrey Streit Krug, director of The Land Institute’s Ecosphere Studies Program, as well as a panel representing the five spheres of the New Perennials Project: Food & Agriculture, Creative Arts, Education, Faith, and Healing Arts. There will also be time during the program for attendees’ input – your creativity, stories, and ideas will be welcome.
Sponsored by Franklin Environmental Center, New Perennials Project at Middlebury, and the Environmental Studies Program.
Fully Funded February Break Trip The Center for Careers and Internships and the Middlebury Professional Networks are partnering to provide a fully donor-funded “Environment & Sustainability Student Trek” to the San Francisco Bay Area & Monterey, CA over February break. The objective is to expose students interested in all areas of the environment and sustainability to real-world professional experiences that will enable them to apply their liberal arts learning while informing their career exploration and other post-graduate planning.
APPLY BEFORE THE NOVEMBER 5THDEADLINE–LIMITED SPACE!
The Environment & Sustainability Student Trek experience is open to all sophomores, juniors, and seniors. It will include 10 students competitively selected through the application process described below, with strong preference given to students who receive financial aid as per the request of the donor. Students will travel to San Francisco as a group, departing from Burlington on Sunday, February 2nd, and returning on Saturday, February 8th, accompanied by a CCI advisor. To help ensure that there is no barrier to participation, all travel, lodging, meals, and related expenses will be paid.
This immersive “living and learning” experience will be organized around job-shadowing opportunities with alumni and field visits to organizations with a focus on renewable energy, water/air/land conservation, sustainable agriculture, and climate change mitigation, along with programming at MIIS and the Center for the Blue Economy in Monterey. The experience will also include reflection dinners and career conversations with other select alumni and friends of the College. Students will travel and live together as a cohort, and the week will kick-off with an Energy2028 Summit Reception including alumni and student participants on the first day of the trip in SF.