The Center for Environmental Studies

Environmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and other agencies to grasp complex science concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the majors in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science and the concentration in Environmental Studies—are designed to prepare students to deal effectively with these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The program is administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), located in Class of 1966 Environmental Center. Founded in 1967, CES was one of the first environmental studies programs at a liberal arts college. In addition to the academic program described below, CES is the focus of a varied set of activities in which students lead and participate, often with other members of the Williams community. CES offers extensive resources including databases, GIS facilities, and funding for student–initiated activities, summer research and internships. The Center administers the Hopkins Memorial Forest, a 2600–acre natural area northwest of campus, where field–study sites, a laboratory, and passive–recreation opportunities may be found in all seasons. CES also operates the Environmental Analysis Laboratory in Morley Science Center.

The Environmental Studies Program

Senior Majors and Concentrators 2015

The Center for Environmental Studies (CES) is one of the oldest environmental programs at a liberal arts college and now encompasses two majors—one in environmental policy and the other in environmental science—and a concentration in environmental studies. The program is interdisciplinary and includes hands-on learning as well as theoretical research.

Graduates of the environmental studies program have diverse careers from nonprofits and policy to science research and advocacy. CES provides career and summer internship advice to students as well as connections to our active environmental studies alumni network. Additionally, CES offers summer grant funding for students.


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Department News

A Living Laboratory

In February 2015, CES moved to a new home designed to achieve Living Building Challenge status—the most rigorous performance standard for sustainable design.

Our new building, which also houses the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, has wonderful indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for students, faculty...

Veda Truesdale on “Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Justice: Addressing the Needs of Socially Vulnerable Communities”

Treadle listening to a question by Professor Bradburd

On Friday May 10, Veda Truesdale, senior research specialist at the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at Rutgers University, came to Log Lunch to discuss climate change adaptation and environmental justice in socially vulnerable communities. With a B.A. in Geography...

Tom Hartman on “Log Lessons from Scandinavia”

Tom Hartman

The Log, home of the true Log Lunches, is currently under construction and on-track for completion in September. So on Friday May 1, architect Tom Hartman came to Log Lunch in Dodd to speak about his approach to the project...

Earth Week 2015

Alumni in Climate Work Panel

From April 18 to April 24, Williams celebrated Earth Week with lectures, student group events, and delicious campus meals. Read more about the week below.

Panel Discussion: “Alumni Work for Climate Solutions”

On Monday night, the Center for Environmental Studies,...

Natalie Bump Vena on “Preservation’s Loss in Cook County, Illinois”

Natalie Bump Vena

On Friday April 24, Natalie Bump Vena ‘04, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Williams, came to Log Lunch to speak about her research on preservation in Cook County, Illinois. After graduating from Williams, Vena attained...

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