Track the Institute's progress in creating a sustainable campus.
As part of its commitment to students, faculty, and the general public, the Institute publishes summary statistics of its sustainability efforts. Here you can find information on the Institute's greenhouse gas and waste audits. These statistics serve as a tracking device for you. Every year we put continue to work towards our goals to further reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and non-recyclable waste that can be monitored here.
Greenhouse Gas Audit
Every year, the Institute conducts a GHG audit of Institute facilities and Institute-related activities. Conducting annual GHG audits allows the Institute to monitor progress in reducing emissions and determine a quantity of offsets necessary for carbon neutrality.
Year-by-Year CO2e Emissions Comparison
From 2008-2010, the Institute saw considerable reductions in its emissions from travel. The 2010-2011 audit, however, showed an increase in travel emissions. Reducing travel emissions, the largest component of the campus footprint, represents a major challenge that is currently being addressed by the Sustainability Council.
Every fall semester, the Institute conducts a student and employee commute survey. By expanding the scope of the GHG audit to include commute, we can provide a more accurate account of our footprint. With this information, we see that commute accounts for 9% of the Institute's total emissions.
By the end of the 2013-2014 school year, the Institute has reached the lowest emissions since the beginning of monitoring. Hopefully we will continue this success into the coming year!
Emissions by Source 2013-2014
The FY 2013-14 audit shows approximately 65 tons of total emissions reductions compared to the 2012-2013 audit. Additional upgrades and improvements will result in further decreases in FY 2014-2015. Details can be found in the "Carbon Neutrality" section of our "Current Initiatives".
The Institute is committed to minimizing waste and increasing recycling whenever possible. The Sustainability Council continuously monitors, documents, and tracks the progress of weekly campus waste output. Our 2013-2014 waste metrics were as follows:
- Average Weekly Waste: 1,838 lbs.
- Average Waste Recycled Weekly: 591 lbs.
- Average % Waste Recycled Weekly: 32%
On July 1, 2010, the Institute officially merged with Middlebury to become a Graduate School of Middlebury College. Accompanying the merger, the Institute set a goal of recycling at least 40% of its waste.
Since February 2008, the Institute has been collecting used batteries in special recycling bins throughout campus. To date, the Institute has recycled 1,934 pounds of batteries!