The Center for Environmental Studies

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 Concentration in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in 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.

To learn more about our work, please check out the 2022 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

Log Lunch, Jan 13, 2023: “Corporate Greenwashing and Solid Waste,” Kirstie Pecci, founder and director, Just-Zero.

Log Lunch is a CES program hosted every Friday at noon. During Log Lunch, a vegetarian meal prepared by Williams students is served, followed by a talk on an environmental topic. Speakers are drawn from both the student body and...

Log Lunch: Gavin McCormick ’05 on Tracing Global GHG Emissions to their Individual Sources

When Gavin McCormick ‘05 began his PhD in Environmental Economics at Berkeley, he anticipated spending years developing new methods to quantify and evaluate greenhouse gas emissions. What he didn’t anticipate, however, was that his ideas would revolutionize climate science and...

Here Comes the Sun: Williams Students Propose Solar Energy Future

At the final Log Lunch of the semester, three students from the Environmental Planning Class presented their findings on Williams College’s potential for solar polar generation. Caroline Ro, Isabelle Zollinger, and Cole Whitehouse (all from the class of 2023) worked...
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