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.


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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

Don Carlson ’83 on Sustainable Investing

On January 13, 2017, Don Carlson spoke to the Log Lunch crowd about sustainable investing. With the incoming administration antagonistic toward environmental regulation, Carlson’s work—mobilizing the private sector to accomplish environmental good—has become more important than ever. Carlson, who went...

Carmen Montoya on “Ghana Think Tank: Turning the Tables on Climate Change”

How do you prevent the huge amounts of waste generated by current party culture?

Sophie Robinson on “The Age of Consequences”

At Log Lunch, Sophie spoke about the film, The Age of Consequences, focused on how climate change impacts national security and stability. Sophie became involved in the movie making process after growing tired of working with grassroots activism.  She was...

Steve Hubbard on “How it Pays to Go Green”

On October 28th Williams graduate Steve Hubbard discussed “How it Pays to Go Green” at the weekly Log Lunch.  Hubbard laid out what he considers: Renewable Energy Tax Credits 101.  He reiterated that shutting down every power plant and polluting...

Angela Tang ’18 on: “Sensing Place at the Clark Art Institute

As a recipient of the Williams College Center for Environmental Studies summer grants, Angela Tang, class of 2018, worked with Hank Art at his Sensing Place exhibit at the Clark Art Museum.  At first glance, Angela shared, it does not...
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