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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.

All are welcome to join us outside (or in if it rains!) the Zilkha Center this Wednesday from 9-12 for some delicious treats! Courtesy of our wonderful garden interns Mali and Beatrice, who will have currants and currant cookies to try! 🍪😋 See you there! ...

The Zilkha Center is excited to welcome Alex Martone to the team as the new Sustainability Coordinator! Prior to this role, Alex was at Binghamton University in New York where she completed a Master of Science in Sustainable Communities. Alex brings valuable expertise in student engagement, environmental education, and a dedication to sustainable food systems and addressing food insecurity. Alex is eager to explore the relationships of sustainability across departments and organizations during her time at Williams. Fun fact - As a self proclaimed coffee hobbyist and enthusiast, Alex owns almost every appliance in which brewing coffee is made possible. Please join us in welcoming Alex! ...

♻️ 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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