The Middlebury Campus

Letter to the Editor


December 5, 2019

As a geology professor at Middlebury College, I am proud to be involved with the “Energy2028” initiative.

On Heating Energy, Midd Should Take Cues from Others


February 14, 2019

A college with such environmental prowess should have no problem addressing something so simple as heating its residence halls efficiently, right?

Watt-a-Thon to Celebrate Earth Week

By Philip Bohlman

April 23, 2014

Teams of up to ten people can compete in a relay event to generate the most watts on a stationary bike in the Spring 2014 Watt-a-Thon on Friday April 25 in the Freeman International Center. Organizers have split the event into two sessions, one from 1-3 P.M. and the other from 3:30-5:30 P.M. According...

Politics of Power

By Cullen Coleman

March 5, 2014

The North American energy revolution is poised to reach a loud and disruptive crescendo in 2020 as the United States becomes a net energy exporter. Only five years ago this seemed an impossibility with domestic oil production falling steadily from 1990 until 2008 and LNG terminals gearing up for ever-increasing...

Wind Farm Faces Opposition

By Harry Cramer

January 22, 2014

Regardless of their opposition, residents of Ferdinand, VT, may witness construction on a 20-turbine wind farm atop the local Seneca Mountain. In a non-binding vote on Jan. 13, 171 property owners voted against the project, owned by Seneca Mountain Wind, compared to 107 property owners in support. Project...

Carbon Neutral, or Carbon-Lite?

By Claire Abbadi

October 16, 2013

As the College works to bring the Biomass Plant back up and running after it ran for 16 straight weeks — the longest, consecutive period to date — increased questions have been raised over the viability of carbon neutrality as the College races towards its 2016 goal. In 2007, the College Board...

Vermont Gas Moves to Stage 2 of Pipeline

By Ilana Gratch

October 16, 2013

Less than a month after more than 500 Addison County residents raised concerns about Phase 1 of the proposed 43-mile pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, Vermont Gas Systems announced its plans for the implementation of “Phase 2.” Phase 2 would extend the pipeline from Middlebury to the International...

Efficiency Vermont Pushes Energy Challenge

Fran Putnam (second from left) hosts a workshop with fellow energy activists. (Courtesy Weybridge Energy Committee)

By Isaac Baker

May 1, 2013

As homeowners in the area consider their energy bills, the questions of what fuel to use, whether or not it will be renewable and how much it will cost are constantly arising. Yet while some might save by switching fuel types, the strategy of using less energy overall by improving a home’s efficiency...

Vermont Yankee Unveils Plans to Refuel

By Anna Stevens

March 6, 2013

  On Wednesday Feb. 20 Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant released a statement saying that it will be conducting its 30th refueling since its opening in 1972. The refueling will happen this spring and require the plant to shut down for several weeks. “[The refueling process] is basically...

Wind Debate Divides Vermont

Angry Vermonters protest the construction of wind turbines on ridgelines. (Courtesy of VPR)

By Isaac Baker

February 13, 2013

On Tuesday, Jan. 15, during the second week of the 2013 legislative session, state senators Robert Hartwell (D) and Joseph Benning (R) introduced a bill calling for a three-year moratorium on all large-scale wind projects in the state of Vermont to allow for further research and consideration. The bill...

Chipping Away at Our Carbon Footprint

By Lauren Davidson

October 10, 2012

As a small liberal arts college, Middlebury proves that bigger is not necessarily better —at least when it comes to environmental responsibility. In recent years, the College has paved the way for some of the most advanced and environmentally friendly energy systems among colleges and universities...

Wind Energy Debate Explodes Across Vermont

By Conor Grant

September 17, 2012

On Aug. 6, six demonstrators were arrested in Lowell, Vt. at the site of the Kingdom Community Wind Project. These six demonstrators, members of a fifty-person protest group assembled to voice their disapproval of commercial wind-farming, bringing the total number of arrests made at this site to 15....

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