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Indoor Worm Composting!

Most people feel have strong feelings about worms.  Variations on Yuck! is what I hear most from people(or get the hint from their body language) closely followed by Cool!  Then comes those who are intrigued, though still not sure, and tip-toe towards our office’s worm composting bin with their heads pulled back a bit, seemingly worried that

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“Age of Consequences” a Film by Sophie Robinson ’11

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Fresh Fest 2017 @ Images Cinema

Fresh Fest, a farm and food film festival, is at Images from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 Schedule of events Friday, March 3 at 7pm: Forgotten Farms, with filmmakers David Simonds and Sarah Gardner. Film will be followed by a reception at The Log. Saturday, March 4 at 2:30pm: A Small Good Thing

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Zilkha Center Summer Internships – Now Hiring!

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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Defending the Environmental Strategy: On The Effectiveness of the College’s Renewable Energy Plan by Luke Baumann ’19

In September of 2015, President Adam Falk and the Board of Trustees announced that the College would achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2020, first by reducing energy use and investing in renewable energy, and then by purchasing offsets to account for the remainder of our carbon footprint. Many disagree with the College’s decision

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Campus Sustainability Newsletters

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

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Job Opening: Sustainability Coordinator at the Zilkha Center

  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.

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Climate Policy in the New Presidency: Initial Reflections

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

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Sorting Williams College’s Trash at a Waste Audit

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,

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An Introduction to Waste Management with TAM

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,

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Eco-Advisor Feature: Haley Bosse’s Work on Post-Consumer Waste

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

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Water Update: Class of 1966 Envi Center

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

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Apply to be a Root leader!

  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

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Class of 1966 Environmental Center Tour Request

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Office Coffee: Reducing the Waste

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

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Refuge Restrooms

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

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End of Semester (Sustainable) To-Do List

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

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Luke Baumann – Renewable Energy Intern

“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

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Holiday Farmers Market

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

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Meatless Mondays Continue to Draw Crowds

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

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Get to know the 2016-17 Eco-Advisors!

              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

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Yearly Winter Blitz Program Fosters Community Connections and Sustainability

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

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Williams Voices: Happiness-Charley Wyser ’17

“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  

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Vegan Fest at Whitman’s on Thursday

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.                                                

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Power Strips: Energy Saving Made Easy

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

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