The Class of 1966 Environmental Center is Open!

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 and staff as well as many student environmental groups. We plan to use the building as a laboratory for improving our understanding of energy and water conservation.

An Environmental Community Gathering


Student organizations, faculty, and staff gathered in the building on February 24 for an informal open-house. They explored the new building, ate desserts, and listened to the serenades of the Octet, a campus a cappella group, celebrating together this remarkable environmental achievement on campus.

The Class of 1966 Environmental Center is open seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day and is meant as an open space for the Williams environmental community to meet, collaborate, and study together. All are welcome to visit!


The Environmental Studies Program

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.

Department News

Tom Buck ’91 on “Leveraging the Private Sector for the Environment in the Developing World”

Tom Buck in Dodd

On Friday, April 10, Tom Buck ’91 came to Log Lunch to speak about private sector environmental work in developing countries. Buck’s career and work has largely been guided by a passion for international affairs. After graduating as a history...

Jonathan Jacobson ‘80 on “The Amazon: The Invisible Victim of Illegal Drugs”

Jacobson '80 speaking with Caroline Bruno '15 after the  talk

On Friday March 13, Jonathan Jacobson ’80 came to Log Lunch to speak about the environmental impact of the drug trade on the Amazon rain forest. Jacobson is currently chief of the information exchange partnership branch in the office of...

Ecojustice Panel Discussion, “The Nature of Environmental Justice,” with Silvia Hood Washington, Brentin Mock, and Aaron Mair

On Thursday, March 12, Williams College held a panel discussion titled, “The Nature of Environmental Justice.”  The panel included: Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, an epidemiologist and editor and chief of Environmental Justice, Brentin Mock the justice editor for the online...

Dan Yacobellis of the Tamakoce Wilderness Programs on “Animal Tracking: Ten Ways Tracking Can Create a Better World and a Better You”

Dan Yacobellis in Dodd

On Friday, March 6, Dan Yacobellis of the Tamakoce Wilderness Programs came to Log Lunch to speak about the benefits of animal tracking to oneself and the world. Yacobellis has spent the last two decades animal tracking, an activity during...

Philip Warburg, former director of the Conservation Law Foundation, on Potential of Solar and Wind Energy in America

Philip Warburg with Students

In late February, Philip Warbug came to Williams to speak about the potential of solar and wind energy in 21st century America. Warbug is a writer based in Newtown, MA with a diverse and impactful career in environmental law in...

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