ALPINE Awards Middlebury College First Charles H.W. Foster Award

Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE) presented a newly established conservation award to Middlebury College Feb. 22 in Boston in recognition of the protection of it’s 2,100-acre Bread Loaf Campus in Vermont.

Middlebury College received the first ever Charles H.W. Foster Award for Exemplary Academic Leadership in Land Conservation, and was selected based on three criteria. The college was chosen for “the outstanding effort to protect a landscape of high environmental and cultural significance; the high level of engagement of all stakeholders; and the far-reaching and lasting impact on the integrity and connectivity of conserved landscapes.”

Middlebury College is a longstanding champion of environmental stewardship and receipt of the Charles H.W. Foster award is testament to its leadership in land protection,” said David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest. “The college, local community, and entire New England region will benefit from the permanent protection of the Breadloaf campus.”

Middlebury College President Laurie Patton accepted the award on behalf of the college and after the award was presented, Nan Jenks-Jay, Dean of Environmental Affairs at Middlebury, offered an overview of the Bread Loaf initiative and its impact. Several Middlebury administrators, trustees, and supporters attended the event, along with members of Highstead, Harvard Forest, Harvard Kennedy School, ALPINE, and the Wildlands and Woodlands team.

Speakers at the event included David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest, Henry Lee, Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest and Manager of Land Conservation Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

This new award honors Charles H.W. Foster, the late conservation leader and mentor. The award was presented at an event at Harvard Kennedy School, and was sponsored by Highstead, the Harvard Forest, Harvard Kennedy School’s Energy and Natural Resources Program, Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.