Student Organizations

CES helps students from several organizations plan activities and events for the College community. Educational workshops, experiential field trips, community outreach, and outdoor recreation allow students to become involved in a range of activities from environmental advocacy to gardening.

Thursday Night Grassroots

Thursday Night Grassroots is the student forum for environmental activism on campus. TNG is an action-oriented group that does projects ranging in scope from campus food issues or energy use to national or global political concerns. We meet every Thursday at 9pm in Harper House (the Center for Environmental Studies). Come bring ideas, eat some baked goods, and meet new friends.

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Purple Bike Coalition

The Purple Bike Coalition is Williams College’s free bike service organization, run and staffed by students. One of our major initiatives has been designing and implementing the Purple Bike Rentals (PBR) program, along with all the organizational and infrastructural improvements required to build and manage a fleet of rental bikes. As always, we offer free bike repair services to students, faculty and staff during the school year. PBC’s work is made possible by the Center for Environmental Studies, The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, College Council and Campus Safety and Security.

Williams Sustainable Growers

The Williams Sustainable Growers (WSG) formed the Williams Sustainable Garden Project in January of 2010. Throughout the school-year, Saturday morning work parties have started with homemade pancakes, followed by a few hours of work. We believe that gathering over and sharing food is an important way in which to build community. Sometimes lunch or dinners also follow work parties, or happen throughout the week. During the summers, students gather on Friday afternoons to work, then cook dinner together.

Food produced in the garden goes to a variety of sources. All students who work in the garden have access to the produce, and can harvest of a variety of vegetables for their own needs. Produce is also used at campus events, such as weekly environmental studies lunches, dining hall meals, collaboration with the Jewish Resource Center, and others. Produce is also donated to the Berkshire Food Project. We preserve a fair amount of produce for future use, such as through jams, pestos, frozen greens, tomato sauces, and pickling.

Williams Growers blog

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Williams Outing Club

The WOC, through the efforts of its volunteer student leadership and a faculty advisor, stimulates participation in and appreciation for outdoor activities. In so doing, the WOC will further an ideal of college education, develop personal initiative and leadership, promote skills in outdoor recreation, educate itself and the college community about environmental conservation, seek new opportunities for outreach, and encourage the meeting of people with common interests. These principles guide the club in ensuring the availability of outdoor recreation, the inspiration and stewardship of the outdoors, and the continuing enthusiasm for these activities for the present and future college community.