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Eco-Advisor Positions for 2015-2016 School Year

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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

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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 »

The New Environmental Center in the News

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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 tour guides welcomed visitors more »

"Growing Power" by Mary Ignatiadis

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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

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  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

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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!

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  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

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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?

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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

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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 »

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

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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 »

Annual Update 2013

Students ride to visit Cricket Creek Farm in Williamstown on a sunny May morning. Real Food Williams, a student group advocating sustainable food, organized the event.

Read about the past, present, and future of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. Annual Update 2013 (PDF) Download this 12-page document to read about our partnerships across campus, energy projects like the Lansing-Chapman Rink renovation and building weatherization, and student engagement programs like Winter Blitz and cooking classes. This year’s report is full of more »

Biology 422: A Trip to the Field

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400 pounds of seed potatoes waited for students in Professor Henry Art’s Sustainable Agriculture course when they arrived at Caretaker Farm on a warm and sunny April morning. Farmer Don Zasada demonstrated with a small hand tool how to put the cut tubers neatly to bed in the soil. “Which way do the eyes face?” more »

Just Food 2013 Conference Report

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by Andrea Lindsay ’13 As an Environmental Policy major and Latina/o Studies concentrator, I have spent most of my time at Williams exploring the connections between sustainability and social justice through the lens of food. The 2013 Just Food conference in New York City provided an incredible opportunity to connect my studies and activism at more »

Musings on Gammelgården Creamery

Stina Kutzer, owner of Gammelgården Creamery in Pownal, VT, hangs bags of Skyr to drain. Her Skyr is available at the EcoCafé in Morley Science Center.

by Hannah Smith’15 This semester I have had the opportunity to work at Gammelgården Creamery in Pownal, VT, which is owned and operated by Stina Kutzer. Most college faculty and students probably know the farm for its Skyr, a thick Icelandic-style yogurt. My love for Skyr is what drew me to the farm, and working more »

150-Mile Meals on April 22

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It won’t be business as usual in the Williams College dining halls on April 22nd this year. In support of No Impact Week, an initiative led by Lexie Carr ’13 and Thursday Night Grassroots, a special breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu will put our region and staff to the test on Earth Day. If planning more »

Diane Purkiss: “The Most Underrated Food in Europe, or Eating Well in England”

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by Celeste Berg ’13 Dr. Diane Purkiss, Fellow in English and historian from Oxford’s Keble College, opened her presentation on February 28th, 2013 with a question to the audience. “How many of you have eaten English food?” she asked. Many hands raised in the audience of community members and students. The aroma of fragrant English more »

A love letter to wind turbines

I can see several of the wind turbines in the Hoosac Wind project from my desk chair at home.  My two year old son and I see them every day as we drive to and from day care, and we talk about how they look and whether they’re turning.  One afternoon in the darkest time more »

Fresh Fest Film Series: March 9th & 10th, Images Cinema

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The third annual Farm and Food Film Festival features engaging films and speakers: Saturday, 3/9 10:30 a.m. Growing Hope Against Hunger • A Sesame Street special • Post-film speaker: Ali Benjamin 1:00 p.m. Edible City • Post-film speaker: Aleisha & Brian Gibbons of Berkshire Organics SEEDS • Featuring soup from Wild Oats! • Storey Publishing more »

Philip Ackerman-Leist Speaks on Scaling Up Sustainability

Ackerman-Leist's new book, Rebuilding the Foodshed, offers case studies of regional foodsheds and principles for developing enduring food systems.

by Celeste Berg ’13 Philip Ackerman-Leist is all about the practical. On the evening of Wednesday, February 13th, the author, farmer, and professor delivered a talk on his recent book Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems. Roughly 25 attendees, an even mix of students and community members, gathered in more »