“I am Williams” Voices: The Garden

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MaKaila DeSano-Smith ’18, a garden intern this past summer, and Sumun Iyer ’18, a member of the Williams Sustainable Growers student group, share their thoughts about what being in the gardens mean to them.

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A Refresher on Composting in Dining Halls

Over the summer, a subcommittee of the Waste & Recycling Working Group met to focus on how to improve composting in dining halls. The subcommittee included Gayle Donohue, Assistant Director of Student Dining, the dining hall unit managers, a number of interested students, and a member of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. The group decided to 1) improve

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Fall Caretaking Positions at Hopkins Forest

There are currently several caretaking positions available at Hopkins Forest for this semester. Shifts are weekday afternoons — 3-4 hours. The work involves various aspects of forest management including trail maintenance, gardening, grounds-keeping, boundary posting and more. Let Drew Jones, Hopkins Forest Manager, know if you are interested or would like additional information.  Email Drew.  

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The Slippery Business of Sustainable Seafood in Campus Dining


by Daniel Russell ’19, Zilkha Summer Intern 2016 Where the Williams College Dining Services chooses to source seafood from and the species of seafood selected has much impact on the sustainability of the marine species as a food source. Exactly how sustainable is the seafood that ends up on your plate? The answer may seem

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A Critical Look at Sustainability


by Suiyi Tang ’19, Zilkha Summer Intern 2016          It’s easy to fall into abstraction when thinking about sustainability. The term certainly lends itself to an air of distance, having been cloaked in the (faux) furs of the holier-than-thou who claim to be fighting the good fight. And since the mirage of “sustainability,”

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The Williams Children’s Center Weaves in Sustainability

By acknowledging the raw inspiration within children and channelling it into explorative practices, the hope is to create a culture that exposes children to more sustainable behaviors while allowing them to explore in a healthy manner.

by Katelyn Long ’19, Zilkha Summer Intern 2016 The Williams College Children’s Center (WCCC) is a largely unexplored area of campus, as it is tucked away in the corner of campus up a hill and behind a wall of trees. I was unaware of its existence until recently, but after a visit I left impressed by

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Greening Sports: Terracycle & Locker Rooms

Cross Country runner Eliza Matt stands next to one of the new locker room recycling bins

by Hadley Desmules ’16, SAAC Co-president & Waste & Recycling Working Group member Recycling Bins in Locker Rooms The Zilkha Center and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) have been working together with Facilities to extend campus recycling into a number of athletic buildings. Although there is a campus-wide recycling program, it came to SAAC’s attention that

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The Art of Drying Herbs

Assistant Catering Chef Charlotte Clark, Catering Cook James Godfrey , & Catering Chef Jim Guiden amidst the herbs on the patio of the Faculty House

by Quan Do ’19, Zilkha Summer Intern 2016 For almost a year now, Jim Guiden, Charlotte Clark and James Godfrey at the Faculty House have adopted a new strategy to combat food waste: drying several types of leftover herbs and vegetable waste. The products – an assortment of mushroom essence, lime essence, orange essence, dried mint,

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We’ll miss you, justin!

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justin adkins, a long time Davis Center staffer, is heading off for a new job at Allegheny College.   In addition to his passion for activism education, he also is very invested in environmental sustainability work.  (Plus he loves raising chickens and growing hops!)  He worked with Amy Johns of the Zilkha Center to create Root, a first

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High Efficiency Vehicle Parking Spaces

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You may have noticed that over the course of the past week some high efficiency vehicle (HEV) parking spaces were installed in two of the lots adjacent to Sawyer Library. As can be seen on the campus map, HEV spaces are next to LEED building projects – the Hollander/Shapiro project, Weston Field, and Sawyer Library.  (The number of

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Updated Campus Recycling Guide

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What’s recyclable on campus?  What isn’t? How do I safely dispose of things like batteries and cell phones? Answers to all these questions are on the comprehensive, updated campus Recycling Guide. CAMPUS RECYCLING GUIDE   Signage You will also see new signage around campus near receptacles and in dorm trash rooms. The goal of this signage

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Zilkha Summer Internships


The Zilkha Center is now hiring summer interns! Interns have the opportunity to focus on sustainability projects that impact our campus community. Internships are for 10 weeks, include housing and a stipend.  You can choose a meal plan through Dining. We are hiring a number of interns this summer to do gardening, graphic design, create

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“Food and Farming in Vermont” by Natalie DiNenno ’18


Mari Omland ’89 stands among a cluster of sparkling, snow-covered trees, shaking a bucket of grain for the 12 goats trotting behind her. Out for some exercise, they’re distracted by the evergreens and adoring Williams students surrounding them. But Omland skillfully coaxes the animals back to the barn. It’s the students’ last day at Green

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Be a ROOT Leader & Help Welcome First Years to Williams


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 the

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Williamstown Holiday Farmers Market

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 13, 2015—Berkshire Grown will host Holiday Farmers’ Markets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on November 22 and December 20 at the Williams College Towne Field House (82 Latham Street). More than 50 vendors will be at each market, coming from Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York. These popular events feature locally grown and produced

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Sustainable Williams: One small college’s role in addressing climate change

By Michael Blanding ’95 The helicopter swung low over the hills on a crisp November evening, veering over the top of Lasell Gymnasium on its way to trace a path across campus. Suspended beneath it, an infrared camera took images of each building as it passed. Looking at the rainbow-colored images later, facilities management executive director Bob Wright

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Thanks, Brent!

In a month that asks us to reflect on what we are thankful for – we wanted to pause to express our gratitude for Brent Wasser and the work that he did for four years at Williams as the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program Manager. In May, Brent continued to follow his passion for food

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All-season bike lockers for commuters

Did you know Williams College has bike lockers on campus? Sixteen lockers – each compartment is divided into two – are located between Sawyer Library, Sewall House, and the Class of ’66 Environmental Center.  Installed specifically for people who commute by bike to campus, they are a secure and dry place to store your bike

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Winter Blitz-ing the Northern Berkshires!

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 3, 2015— On Saturday, Nov. 7, Williams College students will participate in the eighth annual Winter Blitz, a day of service dedicated to weatherizing homes in Northern Berkshire County. Organized by student interns and volunteers for the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, students head out in teams of 4 or 5 and

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Food Day 2015 at Williams College

Food Day is an annual national celebration of good, healthy, real food, as well as an opportunity to push for improved food policies. This year, Dining Services is facilitating a Food Vendor Fair at Baxter Hall in the Paresky Center on Thursday October 22 from 12-2pm.  Stop by to learn about various producers and vendors and, of course,

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Winter Blitz 2015 – 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,

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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

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

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. The registration for this courses has been extended

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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

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Localized Weather Reports – Now From the Environmental Center!

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

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