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

IZA promotes innovative economic research on climate change


Log Lunch with Chris Varrone ’85- Carbon Capture and Storage

This week the Log Lunch community welcomed back Chris Varrone ’85 to speak about his work in carbon capture and storage technologies. Varrone currently serves as Managing Director of Pickwick Capital Partners. He graduated from Williams with a degree in...

Coastal Resilience and Climate Planning: Log Lunch with Paul Gallay ’81

On March 3, the Log Lunch community gathered to hear from Paul Gallay ’81 about coastal resilience planning in New York City. Paul serves as the director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development’s Resilient Coastal Communities Project (RCCP),...
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