Winter Blitz 2016 - Weatherizing More Homes in North Berkshire County


Williams College Seeking Homes for Annual Winter Blitz Weatherization WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 5, 2015—Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal and Bennington in Vermont, who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 7, more »

New Staff in the Zilkha Center - Postyn Smith


Please help us welcome Postyn Smith as the newest staff member of the Zilkha Center! Postyn is a Williams graduate class of 2015 who is originally from Colorado.  He majored in physics and as his time in college went on, he had a growing interest gender and sexuality studies.  An avid climber, Postyn also enjoys being more »

A Vermont farm residency Winter Study course - The Food Workforce: Learning & Labor in the Vermont Food System

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This weeklong Winter Study travel course* will take the topic of labor and work and look at it through the lens of the Vermont food system.  The curriculum will include analysis of fair labor practices, the migrant workers on dairy farm, and hiring and organizational learning at small farms. Be sure to register for this or more »

Job Opening at the Environmental Center


Environmental Center Kitchen Worker This position will help to make the Environmental Center’s kitchen operate more smoothly by keeping the kitchen clean and putting in place systems and signage that will empower others to keep it clean. The Environmental Center is about to begin its Living Building Challenge performance year and we need a student more »

Localized Weather Reports - Now From the Environmental Center!

weather station at Env Ctr

There’s a new weather station on campus – and it is at the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. “We recently installed a new weather station to help us monitor solar and water inputs to the ’66 Environmental Center,” explained Jay Racela the Technical Assistant and Envi Lab Coordinator.  “It’s a Davis Instruments Vantage Pro2 Plus more »

Sustainability at Williams

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A video created by summer intern Chris Stefanik ’16 for First Days.  

Two Environmental Center Student Worker Positions Open

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The Center for Environmental Studies and the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives are hiring two students to assist with the general upkeep and maintenance of the new Class of ’66 Environmental Center. DEADLINE – FRIDAY September 11th 5pm (see below for application instructions) Environmental Center Kitchen Worker This position will help to facilitate systems to more »

Meet Our Summer Interns

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  Summer for the Zilkha Center is filled with the new ideas, energy, and commitment of the eight student interns responsible for facilitating the interactions between the newly completed environmental center and its surrounding community. Each internship position has different tasks to complete for the Zilkha Center. From evaluating food waste management  on campus to creating more »

Eco-Advisor Positions for 2015-2016 School Year


Program Mission The purpose of the Eco-Advisor program is to foster environmental and social justice literacy in the campus community and to translate that understanding in to more sustainable behavior.  Eco-Advisors will gain an understanding of specific sustainability issues, models and techniques for community change, practical experience in project implementation, and leadership development.  Through the more »

Job Opening: Sustainability Coordinator at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives


Sustainability Coordinator Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is pleased to announce a new and exciting opportunity as an entry-level Sustainability Coordinator. This is a one-year term position and is expected to begin in the summer of 2015, and has a possibility of being extended for an additional two years.  more »

Earth Week Meals

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Monday 4/20/15: Fair Trade breakfast | 7:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. | Mission Park Dining Hall Tuesday 4/21/15: Organic Japanese lunch | 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. | Driscoll Dining Hall Wednesday 4/22/15 – Earth Day:            150-mile dinner | 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. | All dining halls Thursday 4/23/15: Local pulled pork sandwiches | 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. more »

A Living Building Challenge - The New Environmental Center Opens Its Doors

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April 20, 2015  —  The Class of 1966 Environmental Center opened with much fanfare on Saturday with the dedication of the new building and a number of related events. Dr. William Moomaw ’59, Chief Scientist at the EarthWatch Institute and Professor Emeritus of International Environmental Policy at Tufts, gave the keynote on Friday night; student more »

"Growing Power" by Mary Ignatiadis


Recent campus newspaper articles, Facebook statuses and blog posts have challenged the Williams community to examine its identity as an open-minded and socially just entity. I left campus for Winter Break confused and troubled by my own privilege. I needed a way to visualize the root causes of the race and class issues which have more »

Zilkha Center Summer 2015 Internships


  Summer interns in the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives have the opportunity to focus on sustainability projects that impact our campus community. The Zilkha Center is hiring interns with specific job descriptions to work for 10 weeks on campus during the summer. Internships include: Energy Conservation Analyst, Environmental Center Education Intern, Food Waste Specialist, Artist-in-Residence, more »

Faculty & Staff Transportation Survey


Please take this survey to help us report about transportation and commuting at Williams. The survey is 4 questions and will take you less than 1 minute. Transportation Survey Thanks for your help! Background This faculty/staff survey is one small part of  STARS®   (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ ), which is a transparent, self-reporting framework more »

Apply to be a ROOT Leader!

Updated Root Poster 2015

  Are you interested in learning how to make Williams a more inclusive, sustainable, and equitable place? Do you want to help facilitate such an experience for a group of diverse students who feel passionately about issues that really matter? If so, apply to be a ROOT leader. In this EphVenture program, you will have more »

Reflections from Abigail Rampone ‘17, Zilkha Center Writer-in-Residence

by Abigail Rampone ‘17 After a summer spent working as the Writer-in-Residence at the Zilkha Center, I’ve learned that it’s difficult to build self-discipline, Williamstown is more complicated than I’d ever imagined, and summer isn’t really long enough. The position initially attracted me because I’m interested in art as activism. As a novelist, poet, and more »

Food at Lunch

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What is Food at Lunch? Discuss food themes over lunch this fall! Food at Lunch features two meals a month that focus on topics that range from environmental issues to food preparation and food technology. When and where are the meals? Meals are the second and fourth Thursday of the month. All meals take place more »

Revisioning Sustainability Conference 2014


by Haley Mahar ’16 and Sasha Langesfeld ’17 The motto for the Revisioning Sustainability conference is “Campuses as Catalysts for Regenerative Food Systems.” Hosted at UMass Amherst, this yearly and internationally known conference immerses attendees in workshops, sessions, talks and dinners, allowing those interested to learn exactly what regenerative food systems are as well as more »

On/An Offering: What Can Dance Offer Sustainable Practice?


by Malik Nashad Sharpe ’14 What linkages can we form between experimental art making and practice, discourse on environmental sustainability, and action against anthropomorphic climate change? Throughout my practice in performance making, I’ve long been concerned with the question: What can dance do? Certainly, it can’t do everything—in fact, it might be silly to think more »

How does the way we express Real Food influence food consumption and purchasing?

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by Isaac Maze-Rothstein ’14 At Williams College, a working committee of staff, faculty, and students use Real Food Challenge guidelines to determine how much sustainable food we are using at the college. Students decided that rather than use the online Real Food Calculator to evaluate a few months or a previous year of purchasing, we more »

2nd Northeast Silvopasture Conference

Photo by Brett Chedzoy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Schuyer County

by Eric Hagen ’14 Earlier this winter I made a very good decision. I decided to drop by Brent Wasser’s office to seek advice. He didn’t know I was coming, and neither did I until fifteen minutes before I knocked on his door, but he graciously invited me in and gave me his time. I’ve more »

Building the Trellis and Arbor for Parsons Garden


Williams Sustainable Growers build a trellis and arbor

UMass Amherst Permaculture Conference 2013

Lucy Bergwall ’15, Sara Clark ’15, Robin Gimm ’14, and Josh Morrison ’16 learned about permaculture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in June, 2013.

by Lucy Bergwall ’15, Sara Clark ’15, Robin Gimm ’14, and Josh Morrison ’16 On a Tuesday in late June, Zilkha Center interns Lucy Bergwall ’15, Sara Clark ’15, Robin Gimm ’14, and Josh Morrison ’16 along with Brent Wasser, manager of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program, piled into a college van and headed more »

Gardening With A Purpose

Parson’s Garden on our first day

By Josh Morrison ’16 June 14, 2013: Momentarily banished from the garden by the steady onslaught of cold rain that has been hovering over Williamstown all week, I have a chance to explore other less typical aspects of gardening, like blogging! To begin with, my name is Josh Morrison and I am one of six more »