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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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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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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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