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“A lot of people who are leading activist charges, it’s the same group of people over and over,” said student activist Taite Shomo ’20.5.

What does it mean to be an activist at Middlebury?

By HANNAH BENSEN November 14, 2019
Students engaged in a variety of change-making efforts, both on-campus and off, report unique challenges that come with navigating activism at the college.
Members of Divest Middlebury celebrate yesterday's news on Facebook Live.

Middlebury Moves to Divest as Part of New Energy2028 Plan

By SABINE POUX and JAMES FINN February 14, 2019

The Middlebury Board of Trustees unanimously voted to divest last weekend, the culmination of a more than six-year effort by student-activists to rid the institution's endowment of investments in fossil...

Divestment Makes Us Proud

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD February 14, 2019
We are excited and incredibly proud of the Energy2028 initiative.
Students met with the Board of Trustees last Friday, Sept. 28, to present the case for fossil fuel divestment.

We Demand Justice: Divest Shows Student Power

This past Friday, Divest Middlebury took a major step towards our goal of finally aligning the college endowment with our mission statement.
Bill McKibben, an environmental activist and scholar at the college, addresses the crowd during a rally outside Old Chapel in support of fossil fuel divestment on Thursday, Oct. 19.

Activists Renew Call for Fossil Fuel Divestment

By BEN DOHAN November 1, 2017

As Middlebury’s board of trustees convened inside Old Chapel on Thursday, Oct. 19, members of the college community rallied outside to renew a years-long call for the college to divest from fossil fuels. The...

Open Letter to the President and Trustees

By Guest Contributor October 21, 2015

For five decades Middlebury College has been an outstanding leader in promoting environmental studies and international studies and in adopting sustainable operating procedures. Laurie Patton has shared...

Divestment: It’s Not Just Our Turn, It’s Our Obligation

By Maeve Grady October 21, 2015

One year ago, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund divested $860 million from the fossil fuel industry. Now it’s our turn. The philanthropic fund bears the well-known name of John D. Rockefeller, philanthropist...

Time to Divest

By Middlebury Campus October 21, 2015

As the last trees on campus dramatically change from green to gold, it is hard for members of the Middlebury community to lose sight of their natural surroundings. In fact, such a pristine backdrop makes...

Students Rekindle Divestment Fire

Students Rekindle Divestment Fire

By David Yang October 30, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 10, student organization Divest Middlebury held its first organized meeting of the academic year. The event confirmed that student interest in the divestment movement is still alive and...

The Many Faces of Divestment

By Kelsey Collins September 18, 2013

On Aug. 28, students and faculty received an email from President of the College Ronald D. Liebowitz with the subject line “Statement on Divestment.” The message read,  “Ultimately, the call to...

Dive$ting for Dollar$

By Zach Drennen September 11, 2013

Forget everything you thought you knew about why Middlebury College must divest. It is not about abandoning profitable investments for moral reasons. It is about abandoning investments with little hope...

Teddy Smyth '15 speaks during the College's second panel on divestment. (Jessica Munyon)

Students Talk Divestment

By Jess Berry May 1, 2013

  On Sunday, April 28, the discussion of the divestment of the College’s endowment from fossil fuel industries continued with a student-only panel, featuring three students in favor of the movement...

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