Middlebury College recently named Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental Studies Bill McKibben a Schumann Distinguished Scholar to recognize his contributions to the institution.
According to the Middlebury Newsroom, a grant from the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy gave the College the resources to create the position for the renowned journalist, author and environmentalist.
McKibben has had a significant role in establishing Middlebury’s reputation as a leader among colleges and universities in environmentalism. He has been active in the Environmental Studies Department and he co-founded 350.org, a grassroots organization that promotes environmental awareness and holds political leaders accountable to climate change science through mass global demonstrations.
He is best known for writing what is regarded as the first widely distributed book on global warming, The End of Nature (1989). He published his most recent book last Spring, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet (2010). McKibben also recently won the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship.