News & Announcements

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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Jonathan Jacobson ‘80 on “The Amazon: The Invisible Victim of Illegal Drugs”

Jacobson '80 speaking with Caroline Bruno '15 after the  talk

On Friday March 13, Jonathan Jacobson ’80 came to Log Lunch to speak about the environmental impact of the drug trade on the Amazon rain forest. Jacobson is currently chief of the information exchange partnership branch in the office of information collection at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Before this position, he worked at

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Ecojustice Panel Discussion, “The Nature of Environmental Justice,” with Silvia Hood Washington, Brentin Mock, and Aaron Mair

On Thursday, March 12, Williams College held a panel discussion titled, “The Nature of Environmental Justice.”  The panel included: Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, an epidemiologist and editor and chief of Environmental Justice, Brentin Mock the justice editor for the online environmental magazine, Grist, and Aaron Mair, an urban environmental activist and strategist based in Albany,

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Dan Yacobellis of the Tamakoce Wilderness Programs on “Animal Tracking: Ten Ways Tracking Can Create a Better World and a Better You”

Dan Yacobellis in Dodd

On Friday, March 6, Dan Yacobellis of the Tamakoce Wilderness Programs came to Log Lunch to speak about the benefits of animal tracking to oneself and the world. Yacobellis has spent the last two decades animal tracking, an activity during which an individual spends long amounts of time in the woods following prints in the

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Philip Warburg, former director of the Conservation Law Foundation, on Potential of Solar and Wind Energy in America

Philip Warburg with Students

In late February, Philip Warbug came to Williams to speak about the potential of solar and wind energy in 21st century America. Warbug is a writer based in Newtown, MA with a diverse and impactful career in environmental law in the United States and abroad. His career began in 1973 when he staffed one of

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Glenn Gordinier on “Human Whale Relations as Seen Through the World’s Single Wooden Ship”

(L to R) Melissa Martinez, Glenn Gordinier, Mariah Widman, Mystic Alum S'13

Glenn Gordinier, Co-Director of the Frank G. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies and the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport, came to Log Lunch on February 13 to speak about whaling history. He has taught for a quarter of a century and worked for an additional decade at the Seaport, written five books

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Professor Brian McCammack on “African Americans in Unexpected Places: Environmental Labor in the Rural Midwest During the Great Depression”

Professor Brian McCammack

On February 6, Brian McCammack, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, came to Log Lunch to speak about African American labor in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. The content of his talk was taken from the last chapter of his book to be published next year by Harvard University Press. McCammack

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Jane Winn on the Fracked Gas Pipeline Proposed for Massachusetts

Jane Winn

Jane Winn, Executive Director of the Berkshire Environmental Action Team (BEAT) came to Log Lunch on January 23 to talk about the proposed Northeast Energy Direct Pipeline (NEDP) by Kinder Morgan in Massachusetts. Kinder Morgan, an energy company, has proposed the NEDP to transport natural gas to Massachusetts and beyond. This 36-inch diameter pipeline would

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CDE Student Speakers: Yamin Portillo on “Cambodia and Deforestation” and Selarath Chum on “The Adventurous Guatemala”

Yamin Portillo & Selarath Chum

On January 16, two graduate students from the Center for Development Economics (CDE) at Williams College came to Log Lunch to speak about environmental issues in their countries. Selarath Chum from Cambodia discussed deforestation and Yamin Portillo spoke about the environmental features that cause natural disasters in Guatemala. Chum gave a brief overview of Cambodia

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Ian Burnes on Waste Heat, An Overlooked Affordable Greenhouse Gas Reduction Strategy

Ian Burnes of Efficiency Maine Trust in Dodd

On Friday, January 9, Ian Burnes of Efficiency Maine Trust came to the first Log Lunch of the year in Dodd to speak about using waste heat as an energy efficiency strategy. After graduating with an economics degree from Wesleyan, Burnes worked for the Maine Northern Forest Alliance and the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence

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