News & Announcements

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

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Veda Truesdale on “Climate Change Adaptation and Environmental Justice: Addressing the Needs of Socially Vulnerable Communities”

Treadle listening to a question by Professor Bradburd

On Friday May 10, Veda Truesdale, senior research specialist at the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at Rutgers University, came to Log Lunch to discuss climate change adaptation and environmental justice in socially vulnerable communities. With a B.A. in Geography from Vassar University and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry

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Tom Hartman on “Log Lessons from Scandinavia”

Tom Hartman

The Log, home of the true Log Lunches, is currently under construction and on-track for completion in September. So on Friday May 1, architect Tom Hartman came to Log Lunch in Dodd to speak about his approach to the project and the building’s goals. Additionally, he broadened the scope of sustainable building strategies in his

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Earth Week 2015

Alumni in Climate Work Panel

From April 18 to April 24, Williams celebrated Earth Week with lectures, student group events, and delicious campus meals. Read more about the week below. Panel Discussion: “Alumni Work for Climate Solutions” On Monday night, the Center for Environmental Studies, Williams Environmental Council (WEC), and Divest Williams sponsored a panel discussion in Dodd Dining Room

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Natalie Bump Vena on “Preservation’s Loss in Cook County, Illinois”

Natalie Bump Vena

On Friday April 24, Natalie Bump Vena ‘04, Gaius Charles Bolin Fellow in Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Williams, came to Log Lunch to speak about her research on preservation in Cook County, Illinois. After graduating from Williams, Vena attained an M.Phil. in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2005 and is currently a

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Freight Farms: “Grow Food Anywhere”

(L-R) Pat Joyce and Brad McNamara

On the rainy Earth Day evening of April 22, 2015, Brad McNamara, co-founder and CEO, and Pat Joyce, distributor networks account representative, spoke at Williams College about their company, Freight Farms. McNamara has a background in agricultural and environmental studies, and Joyce has a background in food and restaurants in Boston. The goal of their

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Heather Paxson on “The Life of Cheese: Negotiating the Value of an Unfinished Commodity”

Heather Paxson

  On Thursday April 23, Heather Paxson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Anthropology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presented a cheese tasting and Class of 1960 Scholars lecture to the Williams Community about her ethnographic work on cheese makers. With a B.A. in Anthropology from Haverford College, M.A., and Ph.D. in Anthropology from

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Class of 1966 Environmental Center Dedication Weekend

Students Plant in Raised Beds

In mid-April, the Williams College community celebrated theopening of the Class of 1966 Environmental Center during a weekend-long celebration. The Class of 1966 Environmental Center was built in an incredibly sustainable method in order to meet Living Building Challenge certification, an environmental building standard much stricter than LEED. Built with sustainable materials, this new Center

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Timothy Mitchell on “Carbon Democracy: Why does an Oil Company View the Future Differently?”

The Mitchell Family in Dodd

On Friday April 17, Timothy Mitchell, father of Purple Bike Coalition co-chair Adie Mitchell ’15, came to Log Lunch to speak about fossil fuels, democracy, and capitalization. Mitchell is a political theorist and historian, focusing on the Middle East, who has been a professor at Colombia University since 2008. He is originally from England and

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Tom Buck ’91 on “Leveraging the Private Sector for the Environment in the Developing World”

Tom Buck in Dodd

On Friday, April 10, Tom Buck ’91 came to Log Lunch to speak about private sector environmental work in developing countries. Buck’s career and work has largely been guided by a passion for international affairs. After graduating as a history major from Williams in 1991 and becoming fascinated by post-communist Eastern Europe, Buck traveled to

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