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 2021 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

Center for Environmental Studies Seeking Summer Grants Program Offers

January 2022

Sourcing Beef from Local Farms: Environmental Planning Group Presents at Log Lunch

A trio of Environmental Planning Workshop students presented “The Quest for (B)eph: Sourcing Beef from Local Farms” on December 10 at Log Lunch. The presentation culminated their semester-long project for ENVI 302, in which they developed a potential plan for...

What Does Vermont Need from its Land Trusts? Don Campbell ’84 at Log Lunch

On December 3, the Log Lunch community had the pleasure of hearing from Don Campbell ‘84, the Southwest Regional Director of the Vermont Land Trust. Many years after his time at Williams — during which Campbell built the Hopkins Forest...
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