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

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...

Julian Hadley on Using Fungi Polymers to Replace Plastic

Julian Hadley with Sample in the Log

Julian Hadley, an ecologist at Ecovative Design, came to Log Lunch on October 10 to discuss the possibilities of replacing traditional Styrofoam packaging with fungi alternatives. Hadley is a plant and forest ecologist based in eastern New York. With a...

Amy Ando ’90 1960 Scholars Lecture on Environmental Investments

Amy Ando '90

Amy Ando ’90, professor at the University of Urbana-Champlain, traveled back on Williams on October 2 to give a 1960 Scholars Lecture entitled, “How Should We Make Environmental Investments When the Future Climate is Uncertain?” Ando is a professor in...

Dr. Jeremy Martin on Clean Cars

Jeremy Martin in the Log

Dr. Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program, came from Washington D.C. on September 26 to speak about clean cars at Log Lunch. Dr. Martin is a graduate of Haverford College with a B.A....

Williams Students at the People’s Climate March

Helen Song '14, Meghan Rowe '14, Molly Pickel '15, Alice Stears '15, Lucy Page '16

On Sunday, September 21, 78 Williams students and three professors woke up at 5 a.m., loaded into vans, drove to a station in Westchester, and took a train into New York City. We joined thousands of other people from all around...

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