Sarah Gardner

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Associate Director and Lecturer in Environmental Studies

413-597-4209
Kellogg House

Education

B.A. Smith College
M.P.A. Columbia University
Ph.D. City University of New York

Areas of Expertise

My focus areas include environmental planning, city planning, community development, rural planning, state and local environmental politics and policy, renewable energy, climate policy, and agricultural policy.  With a focus on state and local issues, I have many connections to governmental, non-profit and advocacy organizations in the regional community. At CES, I also administer several programs such as the Log Lunch program, the Class of 1960 Scholars Program, and the Summer Grants Program.  I serve on the Environmental Studies Advisory Committee and the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC). In the past decade, my own work has  focussed on producing documentary films.

 

Courses: Winter Study 2022

“Tropical Marine Conservation”  (Eleuthera, Bahamas)

Scholarship/Creative Work

Films

“Farms for the Future” (2021) Development threats and opportunities for farmland preservation in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. (Produced by Sarah Gardner, Directed by Dave Simonds)

“Finding Hope in Farmland” (2020)  The story of Somali Bantu refugees in Utica, New York, who seek to revive their farming heritage by finding land and establishing a farm. (Produced by Sarah Gardner, Directed by Dave Simonds)

“Confronting Climate Change” (2017)  How colleges should lead our society in addressing climate change. With Elizabeth Kolbert, Van Jones, James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Rob Nixon, Maxine Burkett, Stephen Gardiner and Mark Tercek.  (Produced by Sarah Gardner, Directed by Dave Simonds)    https://ces.williams.edu/features/8439/

Professional Affiliations

Researcher, Dairy Processing Study, Federal State Marketing Improvement Plan, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

Trustee, Berkshire Grown

Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, Environment Massachusetts

Chair, Williamstown Agricultural Commission

Board Member, Hoosic River Watershed Association

Williamstown COOL Committee (Carbon Lowering)