The Center for Environmental Studies

50th Anniversary Agenda and Registration

Environmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and governments to grasp complex scientific concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the major in Environmental Studies and the concentrations in Environmental and Maritime Studies—are designed to prepare students to effectively address these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The program is administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), located in the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. Founded in 1967, CES was one of the first environmental studies programs at a liberal arts college. In addition to the academic program described below, CES is the focus of a varied set of activities in which students lead and participate, often with other members of the Williams community. CES offers extensive resources including databases, funding for student-organizations, and student initiated activities, and generous support for summer research and internships. The Class of 1966 Center, a Living Building and the Program’s home, includes a classroom, living room, study rooms, kitchen, as well as student gardens. The CES manages the Hopkins Memorial Forest, a 2600-acre natural area northwest of campus, in which there are field-study sites and a laboratory, and where passive-recreation opportunities may be found in all seasons. CES also operates the Environmental Analysis Laboratory in Morley Science Center. The Maritime Studies concentration builds on the course offerings of the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program at Mystic Seaport.

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Department News

Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy Visualize Hopkins Forest Owl & Wind Data

At the most recent Log Lunch, Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy, one of OIT’s Instructional Technology Specialists, gave a talk on the research they collaborated on this past summer at Hopkins Forest.

How to Score a Fulfilling Job in Sustainability with Eban Goodstein, ’82

Director of the Bard College Graduate Program in Sustainability, Eban Goodstein ’82, gave students career advice at the most recent log lunch.

Jimi Oke, ’10, Projects the Future of Sustainable Transportation in Cities

Jimi Oke, class of 2010, is a systems research engineer interested in modeling networks for sustainable infrastructural usage and optimal access. My research thus lies in utilizing optimization, simulation and data mining techniques to solve various problems in transportation, energy...

Astrid Dubois and Max Harmon on their summer adventures: volcanos and place-based curriculums

Max worked in L.A., his hometown, at a high school using a place-based curriculum. This is important to him because of his educational experience, which was isolated from the place he was in. “We don’t learn about the things that...

Johnnie Kamugisha on How Uganda’s Birds are Adding New Dimensions to Ecotourism

Johnnie Kamugisha, proprietor of and tour leader at Birding in Paradise Safaris Ltd., gave a Log Lunch talk on the lesser known animals of Uganda: birds. The large mammals tourists traditionally associate with Africa can’t compare to the rare and...
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