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Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Ed-Free Registration to Midd Students!

AASHE 2021 Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education

The Future Is…

October 12 – 14

Middlebury is excited to be a Host Institution for this three-day
 virtual conference offered by AASHE (Assoc for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Ed).

FREE REGISTRATION is available for interested Middlebury students/faculty/staff and includes access to all sessions and events during the live conference 

plus eighty days of post-conference on-demand access (through December 31).

REGISTER NOW! Link and instructions at go/AASHE2021

Many interesting sessions and keynotes – check out the full schedule:https://www.aashe.org/conference/program/schedule/

The failure of many entities to respond effectively to a deadly pandemic, coming at a time when society is already reeling from intensifying climate-related disasters, ongoing systemic racism and rising authoritarianism, has resulted in profound apprehension about the future. With a theme of “The future is …”, this year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education reflects the uncertainty about the future that many feel and invites participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient. We seek to highlight inspiring examples of higher education leadership that empower participants to envision and create such a future. Ultimately, the future is ours to make. Are you committed to leveraging the power of higher education to forge a brighter future?  

Keynote Events

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 10:00a ET

Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, President, Paul Quinn College, will share a vision for a new model of higher education with poverty reduction as a core purpose.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:00p ET

Dina Gilio-Whitaker, Lecturer, American Indian Studies, California State University at San Marcos, will draw from her forthcoming book Illegitimate Nation: Privilege, Race, and Accountability in the U.S. Settler State to argue that a sustainable future must simultaneously incorporate Indigenous knowledge and a decolonial ethic of political accountability to Indigenous nations for its ongoing genocidal settler structure.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 10:00a ET

Zamzam Ibrahim, Vice President, The European Students’ Union (ESU), Daphne Frias, youth organizer, and Chloe Maxmin, Maine State Senator, will share inspiring examples of how young people are leading the way to a sustainable future on campus and beyond.

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4:00p ET

Dr. Ian Haney López, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss how the climate movement cannot succeed unless race, class and gender solidarity are at the heart of everything we do.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 10:00a ET

Heather McGhee, author, will discuss her new book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, with particular emphasis on the way in which racism hurts higher education and limits the prospects for climate action.

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:15p ET

Inspired by a recent essay series entitled The Pedagogy of Transition: Educating for the Future We WantDr. Tracey Osborne, Director, UC Center for Climate Justice Associate Professor and UC Presidential Endowed Chair, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced, Dr. Madhavi Venkatesan, Assistant Teaching Professor of Economics, Northeastern University, and Dr. Stephen Sterling, Emeritus Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University, will reflect on the shifts in educational policy and practice necessary to create a sustainable future.

Climate Action Fellowship is Hiring their Second Cohort

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

Sustainability Solutions Lab is Hiring

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 (efillion@middlebury.edu) if you have any questions.

Celebrate Earth Week @ Middlebury: 4/19-23

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.
  • Friday, April 23: open-ended facilitated discussion sessions will consider our future, both between now and 2028 and beyond. 
    • 10:00 am: Educational Integration (SIGN UP)
    • 11:00 am: Integrating Justice into Energy2028 (SIGN UP)
    • 12:00 pm: Building a just climate community between the region and the college (SIGN UP)
    • 1:00 pm: What happens after 2028 and how should we get there? (SIGN UP

Interested in Social Justice Work Promoting Sustainable Initiatives Addressing Local Community Priorities? DPMI is Your Answer

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 dpmi@rootchange.org. To register, visit bit.ly/DPMI-enroll

Students are welcome to apply for a Cross-Cultural Community Engagement Grant to cover at least part of the fee.

RSVP for Columbia University’s Earth Institute info session on Monday, February 17th

Please join the Earth Institute at an information session to learn about our Master’s programs in Environmental Science and PolicySustainability Management, and Sustainability Science at Columbia University. The session will cover admissions, fellowships, and careers after graduation.

When: Monday, February 17th, 2020, 6:15 – 7:15 PM

Where: Axinn 219

About us:

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 [sah2239@sipa.columbia.edu].

Down to Earth: Nourishing Change in the Champlain Valley

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.