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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.

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)! ...

Pursuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is critical for creating a just and livable future! This stacked chart shows the primary listings of sustainability classes that also fulfill Diversity, Power and Equity (DPE) course requirements. Read more about sustainability curriculum on the data dashboard (link in bio). ...

Transportation, including college-sponsored air travel, accounted for 12.6% of Williams College’s greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal year 2023. We’re working to actively encourage more sustainable modes of transportation – learn more on our Data Dash (link in bio)! ...

Williams is committed to reducing scope 1 and 2 emissions by at least 80% from our fiscal 1991 baseline. Check out our progress on the Sustainability Data Dashboard (link in bio)!

Emissions are often broken into three “scopes” - directly controlled sources such as the central plant (scope 1), emissions associated with purchased electricity (scope 2), and emissions associated with the college’s other operational activities (scope 3).
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Happy Pi Day from the ZC! Join us for the next two weeks as we dive into our newly-launched Sustainability Data Dashboard (link in bio) and share more about our progress through numbers!

In the meantime, enjoy our pie 🥧 chart from the Dashboard featuring the College’s 2021 Scope 1 greenhouse gas emissions — which includes emissions from combustion boilers, furnaces, and college-owned vehicles combustion as well as refrigerants and fertilizer use.
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🍂 Today we celebrate World Wetlands Day! To learn more about wetlands in our area and the people working to protect these critical ecosystems, check out the local non-profits Hoosic River Watershed Association (HooRWA) and Williamstown Rural Lands. 🍂 ...