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Welcome to the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives, Williams' sustainability office.

The Zilkha Center advances sustainability at Williams College in collaboration with operational departments, faculty, students and partners outside the college. Our key focus areas include:

How does the Zilkha Center fit into the campus ecosystem?  Campus sustainability is everyone’s job, but the Zilkha Center exists to support and keep the work moving forward. The Center focuses primarily on improving campus operations while engaging students in the work. 

Academic courses around sustainability and the environment fall under the Center for Environmental Studies (CES). Students interested in majoring in environmental studies or the research and internship opportunities CES provides should reach out directly to CES.

♻️ Need tips on how to recycle on campus? Check out this video! ♻️

A Note from the ZC: Although recycling can reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and prolong the lifespan of certain materials, it definitely isn`t the perfect solution. Recycling is often energy intensive and creates pollution. Plus, especially with plastics 3, 4, 6, and 7, many items don`t actually end up being recycled because there isn`t a market for them and go to landfill anyways. In terms of waste and trash, the best thing you can do for the planet is to produce less of it (and that`s including recyclable materials).
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Give It Up pods are ready for donations! Donate your gently used items to the pods around campus. Find the full list of bin locations & what`s accepted using the link in bio. Pods will remain open until June 3rd.

Thanks @williamscollegeclia for leading this initiative!
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There are 15 categories of scope 3 emissions! Air Travel is one of Williams’ primary Scope 3 emissions sources, including student transportation to and from campus. 🛬

What are ways for us to reduce our Scope 3 Emissions? Let us know in the comments!
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Have you ever wondered where the college’s waste (including yours!) goes? Introducing Part One of the EcoReps’s Earth Week Video Series! EcoRep Sean Morrissey ’24 breaks down where our waste ends up and includes some facts on why it’s so important to reduce waste! ...

The Zilkha Center wishes you all a Happy Earth Day! Be on the lookout this week for a video series related to Earth Week created by our EcoReps. ❤️ 🌎 ...

Our Scavenger Hunt has BEGUN!!! Yesterday’s lucky person got a pack of raspberries. Today`s winner could be YOU! Find us around campus everyday until April 26th to win ice cream, fresh fruit, boba, and more! 🍓🥭🍦 ...

🌎 Earth Week is approaching quite soon! Here`s the official lineup of events happening for Earth Week. There`s something for everyone—lectures, food, hikes, and so much more. Be sure to check them out! 🌎 ...

🎞️ Enjoy Earth Week with free movies! Images Cinema is hosting free screenings of environmentalism-themed films from April 19 to the 25th. Visit imagescinema.org for the full lineup of films, as well as extra events and shorts! 🎞️ ...

Caught in the act - The Mount Greylock HS Youth Environmental Squad hosting a cleanup near Cole Field! Thanks so much for your service to our community! ...

Can you be-leaf we have over 550 maple trees on campus?! Which species do you recognize? Check out our other tree species in the Data Dash (link in bio)! ...