News & Announcements

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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William Scully on Reclaiming Vermont’s Energy Future Through Hydropower

Bill Scully in front of the Log Lunch menu

On Friday, December 5, William Scully from Carbon Zero, LLC came to Log Lunch to speak about hydroelectric energy possibilities in the state of Vermont. Scully is a successful restaurateur from Bennington, Vermont, but he is also heavily involved with developing hydroelectric power plants. His work with hydroelectric power began in December 2008 after the

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Pipeline Politics in the Berkshires: The Kinder Morgan Natural Gas Project

Mary Douglas (Left) After the Talk

On December 4, Mary Stewart Douglas, environmental lawyer and Washington correspondent for the Berkshire Edge spoke to a crowd of local residents and students about the Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline. The proposed project is complicated and controversial, so Douglass’s presentation helped to explain the pipeline’s history and present state for Berkshire county stakeholders. Audience

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Center for Environmental Studies Holiday Dinner

(L to R) Hannah Van Wetter '15, Adie Mitchell '15, Sara Clark '15, Annie Hayner '15, and Molly Pickel '15 mingle before dinner.

On Tuesday, December 2, the Center for Environmental Studies faculty, staff, and students celebrated the end of fall semester at the annual holiday dinner. This year’s event was a very special occasion as one of the last gatherings in the log before its renovation in 2015.                  

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Professor James Carlton on Fingers on the Pulse of Biodiversity in the Sea: Is that a Shrimp with Orange Legs?

Professor James Carlton

On Friday, November 7, Professor of Marine Sciences and Director of the Williams-Mystic Program James Carlton came to Log Lunch to discuss marine invasive species in the warmer climate change world. Professor Carlton is an expert on marine bioinvasions, holding multiple fellowships and having testified before Congress nine times about marine invasive policy. With this

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Environmental Planning Class Works on New Local Bike Path

The Record featured a story on the group in the Environmental Planning class working on a Williamstown community bike path, copied below. —– Four students in the “Environmental Planning” class are working with members of the community on a bike path which will connect North Adams and Williamstown. Julie Jung ’15, MaryKate O’Brien ’16, Claire

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EnergySavvy: Energy Efficiency Programs in a Changing Utility Landscape

JJ Augenbraun '11, Tony barnes '98, and Liz Visconti '13 of EnergySavvy Outside of the Log

On Friday, October 31, Tony Barnes ’98, JJ Augenbraun ’11, and Liz Visconti ’13 came to speak at Log Lunch about their company EnergySavvy and how its IT solutions are saving energy nationwide. This group of Williams alumni has diverse backgrounds and roles in the company. After graduating as a computer science major, Barnes worked

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Sophie Robinson ’11 on 350MA: Building a Social Movement to Move Beyond Fossil Fuel

Rooney Charest '11, Sophie Robinson '11, and Sarah Gardner outside of The Log

On Friday, October 24, Sophie Robinson ’11 came to speak at Log Lunch about her work for the past few years with 350 Massachusetts. Robinson began with a Story of Self, a short biography that is a useful grassroots-organizing tactic that connects the audience not just to the subject matter but to the speaker herself.

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