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

Ice Sheets, Propaganda, and the US Military: Geologist Professor Paul Bierman for Log Lunch

On April 29, Paul Bierman ‘85, Professor of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, delivered the penultimate Log Lunch talk “Climate Change & Greenland: Environmental Impacts of the Cold War.” Hoping to tell an interesting story about...

Last Log Lunch Lecture with CES Director Nicolas Howe Reflects on Department’s Future

The final Log Lunch of the 2021-2022 academic year was closed out by Professor Nicolas Howe, Director of the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), on May 6. In anticipation of the department’s self-study, which will be conducted next year, Howe...

Danielle Deane-Ryan ’97 Delivers Earth Week Keynote Address on Environmental Justice

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