The Center for Environmental Studies

CES logoEnvironmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and other agencies to grasp complex science concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the majors in Environmental Policy and Environmental Science and the concentration in Environmental Studies—are designed to prepare students to deal effectively with these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Read more about CES

Department News

Jim Hansen on “Global Climate Change: How Can Young People Take Charge of Their Future?”

On Wednesday, March 8, Dr. Jim Hansen, an atmospheric physicist turned activist, spoke to a concert hall packed with students, professors, and community members.

Log Lunch: “Cutting our Carbon: A Participatory Exercise in Which You Choose How to Fight Climate Change at Williams!”

Williams has committed to reduce emissions to 35% below 1990 levels by 2020.

Leah Penniman on “Ending Racism in our Food System”

On February 24, Leah Penniman entertained the Log Lunch crowd with a presentation full of information, justice and even a bit of poetry.  She is an educator, a farmer, a writer, and a food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm...

Stephen Gardiner on “The Peculiar Ethics of Geoengineering”

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Stephen Gardiner—professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment and director of the Program on Values in Society in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, Seattle—spoke about the ethics of geoengineering in response to climate...

Stephen Gardiner and “The Treat of Intergenerational Extortion: On the Temptation to Become the Climate Mafia, While Masquerading as an Intergenerational Robin Hood”

On Monday, Feb. 27, Stephen Gardiner—professor of Human Dimensions of the Environment and director of the Program on Values in Society in the Philosophy Department at the University of Washington, Seattle—spoke about the intergenerational ethics of climate change.
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