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Environmental Planning Group Presents: Williamstown Pollinators

Recently, Williamstown became a pollinator-friendly community. Professor Sarah Gardner’s Environmental Planning class did a project on the measures Williamstown can take to protect pollinators: not just bees, but all insects, which have an effect on pollination. But the two main culprits for the decline in pollinators’ populations are chemical usage and habitat destruction. This has

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Andrea Colnes: Funding a More Sustainable Future

Andi Colnes, ’80, gave a log lunch talk addressing the financial aspect of achieving Paris climate goals. She is the international director of the Coalition for Green Capital, leading development of their Green Bank Network (GBN) and creating a structure for making Green Banks in emerging markets across the globe. 

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Melissa Kemp on Islands in the Anthroposcene

Melissa Kemp ’10, an evolutionary biologist, gave a log lunch talk on her research, which takes place on the richest biodiversity hotspots across the globe: islands. She talked about trends in species extinction and colonization, stressing the consequences of various effects of climate change on species’ well-being, including sea level changes and temperature fluctuations. Melissa

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Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy Visualize Hopkins Forest Owl & Wind Data

At the most recent Log Lunch, Kene Odenigbo ’19 and Trevor Murphy, one of OIT’s Instructional Technology Specialists, gave a talk on the research they collaborated on this past summer at Hopkins Forest. Kene, a biology major, explained the process of using D3, a tool for data visualization. In other words, it “turns all the

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How to Score a Fulfilling Job in Sustainability with Eban Goodstein, ’82

Director of the Bard College Graduate Program in Sustainability, Eban Goodstein ’82, gave students career advice at the most recent log lunch. He urged students to get outside of the purple bubble in order to figure out which job in the sustainability sector is right for them: “You can’t learn about sustainability in the abstract.

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Jimi Oke, ’10, Projects the Future of Sustainable Transportation in Cities

Jimi Oke, class of 2010, is a systems research engineer interested in modeling networks for sustainable infrastructural usage and optimal access. My research thus lies in utilizing optimization, simulation and data mining techniques to solve various problems in transportation, energy and related fields. He is currently doing his postdoctoral fellowship at MIT, researching future mobility

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Astrid Dubois and Max Harmon on their summer adventures: volcanos and place-based curriculums

Astrid Dubois ’20 and Max Harmon ’19 gave a special log lunch talk about their CES-funded summer endeavors. Astrid spoke about her summer internship at the Mt. Saint Helens institute in Washington, her home state. She worked as an educator, guiding groups of students on field trips. Astrid also brought our attention to a 1980 earthquake

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Johnnie Kamugisha on How Uganda’s Birds are Adding New Dimensions to Ecotourism

Johnnie Kamugisha, proprietor of and tour leader at Birding in Paradise Safaris Ltd., gave a Log Lunch talk on the lesser known animals of Uganda: birds. The large mammals tourists traditionally associate with Africa can’t compare to the rare and bountiful species of birds to be found in his beloved home country, says Johnnie. What

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Tom Van Winkle Urges Students to Seek Out Their “Grand Passion”

Tom Van Winkle, executive director of Williams-Mystic, gave an inspiring talk at Log Lunch this past Friday, cautioning students against “trying to prove that you’re not a bum” being the motivation behind their studies. He encouraged students to take a deeper look within themselves and figure out the real motivations behind their daily actions. “Why

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Using Industrial Economics to Protect Small Island Nations from Effects of Climate Change

Jim Neumann (’84) is a principal at Industrial Economics, Incorporated, a consulting firm for governments, businesses, and not-for-profits. He specializes in the economics of climate change, air pollution regulation, and climate change adaptation. He gave a Log Lunch presentation addressing one particular effect of climate change: sea level rise and storm surge, which disproportionately affects

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