CES helps students from several organizations plan activities and events for the College community. Educational workshops, experiential field trips, community outreach, and outdoor recreation allow students to become involved in a range of activities from environmental advocacy to gardening.
Williams Sustainable Growers
The Williams Sustainable Growers (WSG) formed the Williams Sustainable Garden Project in January of 2010. Throughout the school-year, Saturday morning work parties have started with homemade pancakes, followed by a few hours of work. We believe that gathering over and sharing food is an important way in which to build community. Sometimes lunch or dinners also follow work parties, or happen throughout the week. During the summers, students gather on Friday afternoons to work, then cook dinner together.
Food produced in the garden goes to a variety of sources. All students who work in the garden have access to the produce, and can harvest of a variety of vegetables for their own needs. Produce is also used at campus events, such as weekly environmental studies lunches, dining hall meals, collaboration with the Jewish Resource Center, and others. Produce is also donated to the Berkshire Food Project. We preserve a fair amount of produce for future use, such as through jams, pestos, frozen greens, tomato sauces, and pickling.
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Thursday Night Grassroots
Thursday Night Grassroots is the student forum for environmental activism on campus. TNG is an action-oriented group that does projects ranging in scope from campus food issues or energy use to national or global political concerns. We meet every Thursday at 9pm in Harper House (the Center for Environmental Studies). Come bring ideas, eat some baked goods, and meet new friends.
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Williams Outing Club
The WOC, through the efforts of its volunteer student leadership and a faculty advisor, stimulates participation in and appreciation for outdoor activities. In so doing, the WOC will further an ideal of college education, develop personal initiative and leadership, promote skills in outdoor recreation, educate itself and the college community about environmental conservation, seek new opportunities for outreach, and encourage the meeting of people with common interests. These principles guide the club in ensuring the availability of outdoor recreation, the inspiration and stewardship of the outdoors, and the continuing enthusiasm for these activities for the present and future college community.