Great Talks, Great Company, Great Food: Log Lunches return to The Log!

Mary Kate O’Brien ‘16

Once a week we pile into The Log to hear passionate speakers share their knowledge about a wide range of topics related to environmental studies. Throughout the academic year Log Lunch attendees heard speeches from prominent environmental figures including journalists, scientists, policy makers, visiting professors, Williams alumni and even some students.  The talks ranged from local topics such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) in Williamstown, local seafood on the east coast, policy reform for solar energy in Massachusetts, PFOAs in the Hoosick river, and the hydrology of the ‘66 Environmental Center; to global issues including sustainability and equity in the U.S., the UN sustainable development goals and 2015 Paris Climate Summit, development and the environment in Cambodia and Vietnam, and President Obama’s visit to Alaska and stance on climate change.

Renovated Log









The renovated Log looks a lot like the old Log!

Not only did Log Lunch provide us with a wealth of information pertaining to relevant environmental issues, but it also filled everyone’s stomachs with delicious local and vegetarian foods thanks to the incredible cooking of the student cooks. Log Lunch is a wonderful tradition unique to the Williams Center for Environmental Studies and this year was special since Log Lunch was able to return to its original and newly renovated home.

Read about the year’s Log Lunches on the CES homepage by scrolling down to the  “Announcements” section at