News & Announcements

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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EnergySavvy: Energy Efficient 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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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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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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Jordan Fields ’17 and Anna Epstein ’17 on Their Summer Experiences

Anna and Jordan in the Log

On September 17, Log Lunch welcomed two of our own students, Jordan Fields ’17 and Anna Epstein ’17, to speak about their summer experiences. Jordan conducted independent geology research in Bend, Oregon to track water flow in the Deshutes River Watershed. With increasing drought in the Bend area, Jordon sought to study the impact of

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Julian Hadley on Using Fungi Polymers to Replace Plastic

Julian Hadley with Sample in the Log

Julian Hadley, an ecologist at Ecovative Design, came to Log Lunch on October 10 to discuss the possibilities of replacing traditional Styrofoam packaging with fungi alternatives. Hadley is a plant and forest ecologist based in eastern New York. With a background of researching spruce decline and ecosystem-level processes in the Northeast, Hadley joined Ecovative in

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Amy Ando ’90 1960 Scholars Lecture on Environmental Investments

Amy Ando '90

Amy Ando ’90, professor at the University of Urbana-Champlain, traveled back on Williams on October 2 to give a 1960 Scholars Lecture entitled, “How Should We Make Environmental Investments When the Future Climate is Uncertain?” Ando is a professor in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics, and her research focuses on natural resource economics,

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Dr. Jeremy Martin on Clean Cars

Jeremy Martin in the Log

Dr. Jeremy Martin, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program, came from Washington D.C. on September 26 to speak about clean cars at Log Lunch. Dr. Martin is a graduate of Haverford College with a B.A. in Chemistry and English Literature and holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology.

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Williams Students at the People’s Climate March

Helen Song '14, Meghan Rowe '14, Molly Pickel '15, Alice Stears '15, Lucy Page '16

On Sunday, September 21, 78 Williams students and three professors woke up at 5 a.m., loaded into vans, drove to a station in Westchester, and took a train into New York City. We joined thousands of other people from all around the world who descended on the city for the People’s Climate March. World leaders met

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James Manwell on Wind Energy Resistance in New England and Beyond

James F. Manwell

James F. Manwell, professor and director of the Wind Energy Center at UMass Amherst, gave a log lunch presentation on September 19 about wind energy in New England. Having worked in the field for over 30 years, Manwell has published over 200 journal articles and a textbook on the subject, Wind Energy Explained: Theory, Design, and Application.

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