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This event focused on social entrepreneurship in the 21st century and the potential for its institutionalization as a master’s degree at Middlebury College, in affiliation with the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Social entrepreneurship is a pragmatic way for students to implement their liberal arts education while still in college. Social entrepreneurs develop innovative solutions to society’s most pressing issues and, rather than relying on government or business sectors, solve problems by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading societies to take new leaps. The lecture explores what it means to be a social entrepreneur and a student, and how Middlebury College could take a leadership role in initiating this process.

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Welch, Wilford

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Over the past few years, there have been several efforts by Middlebury College students, faculty and staff to trace the origins of our food. Bill Hegman, GIS Specialist, Matt Biette, Director of Dining Services, and Jack Byrne, Director of Sustainability Integration highlight those efforts and lead a discussion on how food purchasing decisions made at Middlebury affect us environmentally, economically, socially, and politically.

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Biette, Matthew

Byrne, Jack M.

Hegman, William

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Sustainable Television 2011

In Spring 2011, nine students enrolled in FMMC 285 Sustainable Television: Producing Environmental Media, collaborating to produce a 50-minute television program on environmental issues. Watch the entire episode below, or scroll down for individual segments:

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Full Episode: (expand to full screen to fully enjoy)

Selected Stories:

A group of students capture the activist energy of Power Shift 2011 in Washington, DC:

Can a group of kids teach you about the science of climate change?

A profile of Vergennes farmer Erik Andrus and his sustainable agriculture and energy strategies:

Where does food in Middlebury dining halls come from?

Emeritus Professor John Elder reflects on his relationship to nature and place through the words of poets:

What happens when the oil party comes to an end?

Learn how two Vermont business people installing solar panels changes their environmental impact:

How do small choices you make everyday impact your carbon footprint?

A student takes a challenge to go vegetarian for a month to learn about the environmental impact of dietary choices:

Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz proposes some sweeping changes to reach carbon neutrality:

 

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Monitoring Carbon Uptake on College Lands

Learn more about Biology and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College.

Middlebury College has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016. As the largest private landowner in Addison County, there is tremendous potential for land management practices to contribute to the goal of carbon neutrality. As part of an effort to understand how carbon sequestration varies among the different forest types on College-owned lands, we monitored carbon uptake in the Battell Research Forest, an old-growth hemlock forest in East Middleury, VT. As expected for an old-growth forest, the Battell Research Forest contains substantial pools of carbon in live and dead biomass. The size of the woody debris pool was substantially larger at the Battell Research Forest than in secondary forests at Breadloaf. We conclude our presentation with a proposal for how to implement an ongoing carbon monitoring protocol on College-owned forest lands.

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