Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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Middlebury College
EN-4: Outreach Materials and Publications

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Jack Byrne
Director of Sustainability Integration
Environmental Affair
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Does the institution produce the following outreach materials and/or publications that foster sustainability learning and knowledge? :
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A central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution’s sustainability efforts Yes
A sustainability newsletter Yes
Social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability Yes
A vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability Yes
Building signage that highlights green building features Yes
Food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems Yes
Signage on the grounds about sustainable groundskeeping and/or landscaping strategies employed No
A sustainability walking map or tour Yes
A guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation Yes
Navigation and educational tools for bicyclists and pedestrians No
A guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience Yes
Regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat Yes
Other sustainability publications or outreach materials not covered above Yes

A brief description of the central sustainability website:

Visitors to the main Middlebury web page can click on a prominently displayed "Sustainability" tab. The website consolidates information from the Environmental Studies program and the Sustainability Integration Office regarding Middlebury's carbon neutrality effort, building construction, renewable energy and energy reduction efforts, recent sustainability news from our campus, and ways to get involved with student and campus groups and initiatives.


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A brief description of the sustainability newsletter:

The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest sends out an annual newsletter that highlights student, staff, and faculty research in sustainability, brief bios of key figures in sustainability on campus, recent campus initiatives, and alumni news.

A weekly newsletter is sent out from the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest with announcements and upcoming events.


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A brief description of the social media platforms that focus specifically on campus sustainability:

The Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest has a Facebook page and Twitter account which disseminate information about environmental news, events, and opportunities at Middlebury and in the surrounding community.

The Office of Sustainability Integration also created a tumblr for Be Bright, Middlebury's Energy literacy campaign with information regarding energy, photographs, articles, and interviews. The tumblr aims to educate students about energy, inspire energy conservation, and increase involvement in energy literacy initiatives. http://middbebright.tumblr.com/


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A brief description of the vehicle to publish and disseminate student research on sustainability:

The Environmental Studies department publishes the titles of Senior theses online. These theses can be found in the Main Library.

An annual student research symposium also provides the opportunity for students doing research in sustainability as well as other disciplines to share their work.

Middlebury also has an online forum for discussion and dissemination of any any project that students or faculty choose to post to the site (http://blogs.middlebury.edu/middlab/). Each project is tagged by theme, so a visitor to the site can search for all listed projects that are related to sustainability among many other topics.


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A brief description of building signage that highlights green building features :

In the Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, visitors can find signs outlining many of the features that qualified the building for LEED Platinum certification. A touch-screen monitor is also available for visitors to further explore the building's sustainability features.


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A brief description of food service area signage and/or brochures that include information about sustainable food systems:

Signs in the dining halls give an overview of where campus food comes from, how Middlebury College defines ‘local’, the proportion of our food that is local, and highlights a local food item of the week. Ross Dining Hall labels local ingredients.


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A brief description of the sustainability walking map or tour:

Middlebury has an interactive online campus map with information about many of the sustainability features on campus.

Additionally, during first year orientation, students are given the opportunity to go on a tour of our campus' key sustainability facilities (biomass plant, organic garden, etc.). The Office of Sustainability Integration and trained Campus Sustainability Coordinators provide sustainability tours of campus upon request.


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A brief description of the guide for commuters about how to use alternative methods of transportation:

The Sustainability website lists bus schedules, resources for bikers, Zipcar information, and ride-share information.


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A brief description of the guide for green living and incorporating sustainability into the residential experience:

The Sustainability website offers recommendations for how students live more sustainably. The site includes tips related to waste reduction, energy conservation, transportation, and other topics pertaining to sustainability. All first year students also information online through orientation communications with sustainable tips and practices.


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A brief description of regular coverage of sustainability in the main student newspaper, either through a regular column or a reporter assigned to the sustainability beat:

The main newspaper at Middlebury, The Middlebury Campus, features a regular Op-Ed called "The Green Piece" as well as regularly covering other green news on campus and beyond. There is also an annual "Green Issue" dedicated entirely to topics related to environment and sustainability.


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A brief description of another sustainability publication or outreach material not covered above (1st material):

In an effort to creatively engage the incoming Class of 2016 in Middlebury’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2016, the Sustainability Integration Office developed a graphic novel about the college’s sustainable journey. Every freshman orientation envelope included the comic entitled, ‘Super Sustainability: The Road to Neutral’. In the spring of 2013, an intermediate German class chose to translate the graphic novel from English to German. The translated version was used in Middlebury’s summer language school.


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