Stephen Polasky ’79 on “Conserving while Developing: Natural Capital in South Africa”

Stephen Polasky ’79 is an Ecological/Environmental Economics Professor at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he is on the Board of Directors and Science Council of The Nature Conservancy as well as the Director of the Natural Capital Project. Polasky spoke at Log Lunch and had a seminar with the Class of 1960s scholars on May

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Paul de Konkoly Thege ’14 on “Ocean-Climate Dynamics: Using Carbon-14 to Reconstruct Past Ocean Circulation in the Bering Sea”

Paul de Konkoly Thege '14

Environmental Science major, Paul de Konkoly Thege ’14 presented his senior thesis research at log lunch on April 25, 2014. His research was focused on studying ocean circulation to learn more about rapid climate change. De Konkoly Thege first explained the two basic types of ocean circulation: surface ocean circulation and deep ocean circulation. Surface

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2014 Earth Week

Carbon Emissions Awareness For Earth Week, a group of students made an art display in Paresky to show the volume of carbon emitted by a member of the Williams College community per day. Michael Klare on “The Carbon Curse: Resisting the Addictive Lure of Fossil Fuels” On April 22, 2014, Michael Klare, Professor of Peace

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Matt Silver ’01 on “Cambrian Innovation: Biology for a Cleaner Planet”

Matt Silver '01

Matt Silver ’01 is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cambrian Innovation. Cambrian Innovation was founded in 2006, while Silver was attending MIT, as a solution-oriented technology company that works with corporate, government, and agricultural clients. While at Williams, Silver majored in Astrophysics and Art History and continued his education at MIT, receiving a

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Jen Lazar ’04 and Annie Moore ’04 on “The Field Academy: Starting a School that Makes Life and Learning Indistinguishable”

Annie Moore '01 (left) and Jen Lazar '01 (right)

Jen Lazar ’04 is a co-founder, program consultant, and facilitator of the Field Academy, an educational program that seeks “to connect, engage, empower, and educate young people from across the United States in order to inspire enduring learning and create a just and healthy world.” Lazar along with Annie Moore ’04, Interim Executive Director, spoke

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Karen Weinberg on “Ethical Farming, Ethical Food”

Karen Weinberg (right) and CES Chair Professor Ralph Bradburd (left)

Karen Weinberg owns and operates a sheep farm named 3 Corner Field Farm, with her husband, Paul Borghard, and their two daughtes. Their farm started in 2000 and raises sheep which in turn provide yogurt, cheese products, fiber, and meat. Weinberg spoke about the challenges of meeting the desires of consumers as a producer. A

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Class of 1960s Lecture: Roopali Phadke on “Landscapes of Power: Wind Energy and the Politics of Home Rule”

Roopali Phadke, is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalester College. She studies political economy, science, and technology through the lens of environmental studies. Some of her work has focused on wind energy development, local place politics and energy production. On March 10, 2014, Phadke spoke about her work on the landscape and communities

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Alison Carter on “Improving Fisheries Sustainability by Leveraging the Global Seafood Market”

Alison Carter

Alison Carter is a Senior Program Officer with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s largest conservation organization. The mission of WWF is “to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth” and “to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.” Carter came to

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Gregory Durrell on “Looking at the Impact of Offshore Oil and Gas Development in Alaska”

Gregory Durrell (right) and his daughter, Stephanie Durrell '14 (left)

Gregory Durrell is a Senior Research Scientist and chemical engineer at Battelle where he specializes in sediments found in water. As a research and consulting firm, Battelle is unique in its purely scientific approach. Durrell spoke about his work in the chemistry of sediment offshore Alaska. Durrell began his log lunch with a brief history

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Joshua Welch ‘86 on “Building a Small-Scale Grass-fed Beef Cattle Operation in Southeastern CT”

Joshua Welch '86

Joshua Welch ’86 is a Managing Partner at Vicuna Advisors LLC. Additionally, he is the owner of a small grass-fed beef cattle operation that is located by his home in Stonington, CT. In 2002, Welch decided to move to southeastern Connecticut and convert 45 acres of land into pastures to rear grass-fed cattle. Although Welch

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