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

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...

Glenn Gordinier on “Human Whale Relations as Seen Through the World’s Single Wooden Ship”

(L to R) Melissa Martinez, Glenn Gordinier, Mariah Widman, Mystic Alum S'13

Glenn Gordinier, Co-Director of the Frank G. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies and the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, came to Log Lunch on February 13 to speak about whaling history. He has taught for a quarter...

Professor Brian McCammack on “African Americans in Unexpected Places: Environmental Labor in the Rural Midwest During the Great Depression”

Professor Brian McCammack

On February 6, Brian McCammack, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, came to Log Lunch to speak about African American labor in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. The content of his talk was taken from the...

Jane Winn on the Fracked Gas Pipeline Proposed for Massachusetts

Jane Winn

Jane Winn, Executive Director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) came to Log Lunch on January 23 to talk about the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline (NEDP) by Kinder Morgan in Massachusetts. Kinder Morgan, an energy company, has proposed...

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