research-measurementsThe 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.

A Living Laboratory

This fall, CES is moving to a new home designed to achieve Living Building Challenge status—the most rigorous performance standard for sustainable design. Our new building, which will also house the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, will have wonderful indoor and outdoor gathering spaces for students, faculty and staff as well as many student environmental groups. We are already making plans to use the building as a laboratory for improving our understanding of energy and water conservation.

After Williams

Graduates of our environmental studies program have gone on to do great things. One of our alumni is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy. Another leads a major environmental group protecting the Hudson River. Another took time off from doctoral studies in oceanography to work on marine sanctuaries and ocean policy in Congress. Our graduates are perennially represented in the Peace Corps. Several have served as environmental secretaries at the state level. And still others are advancing environmental responsibility in business, industry, and non-governmental organizations. Most students eventually go on to professional or graduate training. And our active alumni network has excellent advice for seniors contemplating their varied options.

Department News

Center for Environmental Studies Holiday Dinner

(L to R) Hannah Van Wetter '15, Adie Mitchell '15, Sara Clark '15, Annie Hayner '15, and Molly Pickel '15 mingle before dinner.

On Tuesday, December 2, the Center for Environmental Studies faculty, staff, and students celebrated the end of fall semester at the annual holiday dinner. This year’s event was a very special occasion as one of the last gatherings in the...

EnergySavvy: Energy Efficient Programs in a Changing Utility Landscape

JJ Augenbraun '11, Tony barnes '98, and Liz Visconti '13 of EnergySavvy Outside of the Log

On Friday, October 31, Tony Barnes ’98, JJ Augenbraun ’11, and Liz Visconti ’13 came to speak at Log Lunch about their company EnergySavvy and how its IT solutions are saving energy nationwide. This group of Williams alumni has diverse...

Environmental Planning Class Works on New Local Bike Path

The Record featured a story on the group in the Environmental Planning class working on a Williamstown community bike path, copied below.


Four students in the “Environmental Planning” class are working with members of the community on a bike...

Sophie Robinson ’11 on 350MA: Building a Social Movement to Move Beyond Fossil Fuel

Rooney Charest '11, Sophie Robinson '11, and Sarah Gardner outside of The Log

On Friday, October 24, Sophie Robinson ’11 came to speak at Log Lunch about her work for the past few years with 350 Massachusetts. Robinson began with a Story of Self, a short biography that is a useful grassroots-organizing tactic...

Jordan Fields ’17 and Anna Epstein ’17 on Their Summer Experiences

Anna and Jordan in the Log

On September 17, Log Lunch welcomed two of our own students, Jordan Fields ’17 and Anna Epstein ’17, to speak about their summer experiences.

Jordan conducted independent geology research in Bend, Oregon to track water flow in the Deshutes River...

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