News & Events
The Zilkha Center finally decided we should put out a newsletter. If you’re interested in receiving monthly newsletters with Williams campus sustainability updates, sign up here to receive them. Here are our first two newsletters. January newsletter December newsletter Happy reading! Find more info about the Zilkha Center and sustainability on the Williams campus on our
Sustainability Coordinator Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity as an entry-level Sustainability Coordinator. This is a one-year term position and is expected to begin in the summer of 2017, and has a possibility of being extended for an additional two years.
Postyn Smith ’15, Sustainability Coordinator at the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, offers pictures and initial reflections on the changing administration gleaned from the winter study travel course that he co-taught this year with his father, Professor Mark Smith of Colorado College. “Climate Policy in the New Presidency” took ten Williams students to Washington D.C. to examine four
What’s in your trash? Volunteers gathered at Lambert Garage on January 12th to find out! Working with Facilities and Zilkha Center staff, students sorted through a cross-section of Williams trash: Three bags from each trash room of sixteen residence halls, academic buildings, and dining halls. Participants sorted trash into categories that included mixed paper, corrugated cardboard,
As part of her coursework for Professor Joel Lee’s anthropology class titled “Trash,” Sumun Iyer ’18 delved deep into fieldwork that a more squeamish student might have avoided: She (literally) got her hands dirty in the world of trash and recycling collection. To conduct ethnographic research about how workers relate to their work and materials,
Haley Bosse ’20’s focus on post-consumer food waste as an Eco-Advisor has inspired her to initiate several projects that reduce waste through behavioral change. She recently restarted the Zilkha Center’s Compost Greeters program, which she has rebranded as Compost Friends. Greeters first helped students navigate food disposal at all three dining halls at the beginning of
As you may have read in November, the Environmental Center met six of the seven “petal” requirements during the initial performance year. Net-zero energy is still proving to be challenging, and we are continuing to work on finding the solutions. Water-wise, the building never dipped below half a tank (our tank can hold nearly 6,000
Fresh Fest is a farm and food film festival. Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 Schedule of films & events This festival is presented as a collaboration between Images Cinema, Williams College Center for Environmental Studies, Zilkha Center, and Storey Publishing, and is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council Festival Fund.
Whether you just learned about social justice today or you marched in the streets in elementary school, the Root program is looking for enthusiastic and curious leaders to welcome the incoming class to the Root, EphVentures, and Williams communities. Root leaders are mentors and guides to help students find a place in these new
Last year I embarked on a mission to replace the Keurig machine in my office. I recruited my colleague, Taylor Bundy ‘13 to join me, and we spent several months researching alternatives. Here’s what we tried. Hopefully the explanation of our ups and downs on this project will be useful to your department. First
A few bathrooms on campus are now listed on Refuge Restrooms. Refuge Restrooms collects information to locate ability-accessible and gender-inclusive restrooms. The two bathrooms in the Environmental Center are on the list are well as one in the Thompson Chemistry building. Read below for more info on each. And consider adding gender neutral or safe bathrooms
The end of the semester is a stressful time for everyone, but as you finish your exams and prepare to leave campus, make environmentally-conscious choices with this handy to-do list! Sustainable choices are often easier on you in the long run, and besides, your community and planet will thank you! Make environmentally-conscious travel plans Use WSO ride share
“Luke Baumann ’19 is one of six students on Williams’ renewable energy task force, meeting weekly with environmental consultants to study potential projects.” Environmental Impact
Berkshire Grown will host the Holiday Farmers’ Market from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at Williams College Towne Field House (82 Latham Street in Williamstown). This popular event features locally grown and produced foods and gifts, plus live music, lunch fare, and activities for children. Admission is free. The December market will showcase the
About three times a day, we make choices about not only what we want to make part of our bodies but also the kind of impact we want to have on the environment. For our planet, the difference between the Standard American Diet and a vegetarian diet is bigger than any change one can make
The Eco-Advisors are action-oriented change agents promoting and educating about environmentally and socially sustainable lifestyles. As yearlong interns at the Zilkha Center, they strive to connect campus life to global resource issues by advocating for a sustainable future at Williams and beyond. By supporting and collaborating with campus groups, they
On Saturday, November 12th, students participated in Winter Blitz, the Zilkha Center’s yearly community outreach weatherization program. As the program overview states, “Trained volunteers install basic window kits, door sweeps, and energy-efficient light bulbs. They also seal up cracks around doors and windows in homes, that untreated would result in heat loss, which drives up
“In a new video, psychology and anthropology major Charley E. Wyser ’17 discusses the importance of the environment and its effect on mood and happiness.” -Williams College
Dining Services is excited to bring you Vegan Fest this Thursday (December 8th) at Whitman’s. Join Chef Mark Thompson and the Dining Services unit managers for a delicious array of options.
Did you know that your electronics and appliances always use energy when plugged in, even when not in use? During their freshman year, Eco-Advisors Amina Awad ‘18 and Flor Marmolejo ‘18 began to explore how to increase sustainable behavior on campus. “We were thinking about ways that energy is being wasted on campus,” Marmolejo said. “We didn’t want to
During my freshman year at Williams, I sometimes studied in the monkey carrels in old Sawyer basement. The carrels were grimy, but a thick layer of graffiti provided much of their appeal, a distraction from whatever assignment I didn’t want to work on at the moment. Old Sawyer is long gone now, and what’s stranger,
On Monday, October 10, about 70 students crowded into the basement of Thompson Memorial Chapel. Though only a few states and cities in the U.S. celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of Columbus Day on the second Monday in October, Williams Interfaith and VISTA co-sponsored a Religion and Colonialism dinner discussion to remember, acknowledge, and grieve the
From October 24 to November 4, Williams and Amherst will be competing in a waste reduction / recycling competition. “Recyclemania” is campus-wide and being spearheaded by the student athlete groups and environmental councils from each school. The winner will be announced at Amherst’s homecoming game (against Williams) on November 12th. The overall idea of Recyclemania is to