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 Coastal and Ocean 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 2023 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

Log Lunch with Angel Ortiz ’17: Enhancement & Innovation in Residential Energy Efficiency, and How to Get Involved

As Rabbi Seth Wax highlighted in his opening remarks, community connection is one of the most important methods for navigating grief. On Friday February 22, students gathered together for Log Lunch following the tragic death of a student as a...

Log Lunch with Peter Platt ’80: Turning Passion into Profession: Owning and Running a Restaurant in the Berkshires

On a warm and sunny Friday, February 9, the Log Lunch community gathered for the first Log Lunch of the semester. With lots of new faces, the Log Lunch staff prepared a delicious New Mexican meal. With the menu spread...

Log Lunch with Bernie Kluger ’94, Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Agriculture: Food Systems and Climate Change: Are We Losing Ground?

On Friday, January 19, amidst the freezing cold temperatures outside, the Log Lunch community gathered to eat some delicious warm food prepared by the student cooks. With a menu consisting of coconut eggplant curry, chapati (flatbread), aloo gobi (spiced potato...
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