Energy2028, explained

A four-part series by AMELIA POLLARD and ZACH LEVITT

On Jan. 29, 2019, Middlebury College announced an ambitious plan to combat the threat of climate change. The plan includes four major commitments: transition the College to 100% renewable energy sources, significantly reduce energy consumption, divest the College's $1.2 billion endowment from fossil fuel investments and support new educational initiatives focused on climate change.

However, questions remain about how the college will achieve these goals, and what it will mean for its students, staff and faculty. Through this project, The Campus is committed to critically reporting on the progress of the college in meeting these goals. We hope to provide the Middlebury community context, background and a deeper understanding of how this process will work through narratives and media.

We hope that you follow along with this series beginning on Oct. 30.

PART I: DIVESTMENT

Middlebury voted to divest. Now what?

October 30, 2019

After years of student activism, the College agreed to cease all new investments in fossil fuels and divest from existing commitments over the next 15 years. We explore the factors that led the college to agree to this ambitious plan and the challenges moving forward.

PART II: ENERGY CONSERVATION

PART III: RENEWABLE ENERGY

PART IV: EDUCATION