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Sustainable Move-In Checklist

Move-in Day is just around the corner: First-years will arrive on August 28th, and upperclassmen can arrive as early as August 30th. You may have seen our End of Semester To-Do list, and wished you had a similar guide for the beginning of the year. Whether you’re gearing up for first days or moving in

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Sustainable Dorm Tips for This School Year

Live Sustainably! Follow these simple tips to reduce consumption and energy use from the comfort of your dorm room. Developing sustainable living habits now will benefit you and the planet for years to come. Things to Buy: Stop Vampire electricity: Lots of devices and appliances, such as monitors and charging cords, use energy even when

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Root Leadership Team Prepares to Welcome Class of 2021

With August right around the corner, student-leaders and staff are working hard to polish the final details for Root – a first year EphVenture program that explores identity, social justice and sustainability. Through activities on and off campus, Root participants learn more about the role of identity in the culture and history of Williams, as

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The Story Behind Wild Oats’ New Grocery Delivery Service

  For Williams students on a reduced meal plan, one of the hardest things about buying groceries is getting to the store. Landon Marchant ‘20 this as saw an opportunity to fight food insecurity on campus during their spring semester internship with the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives. One of the results of their efforts

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Art at the Envi Center: wooden planets Now on Display

When you proceed down the outdoor steps of the Class of ’66 Environmental Center, four driftwood-and-glass sculptures come into view. These pieces are part of wooden planets, Eva Henderson ’19’s first installation as the Zilkha Center’s Artist-in-Residence. On Friday, fellow Zilkha Center interns and friends gathered at the Envi Center’s patio to celebrate the opening of the

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Interview with Elayne Elliott, Sustainability Coordinator

Meet Elayne Elliott, the Zilkha Center’s brand new Sustainability Coordinator! A graduate of Emory University, Elayne joined the Zilkha Center following experiences with the National Wildlife Federation (Atlanta), Sierra Club (Detroit), the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Emory’s Office of Sustainability Initiatives. I caught up with Elayne to chat with her about

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Take and Eat Brings Meals to Williamstown Elderly

Since September of 2015, Take and Eat has been an effort from the Williams College Chaplain’s Office and Williams College InterFaith with one simple goal: to provide meals to those in need. Take and Eat, Inc. is a faith-based nonprofit in North Adams, MA dedicated to providing meals for the elderly on weekends and three-day

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Sammi Stone ’17 Explains Give it Up!

I interviewed Sammi Stone ’17, a Give it Up! student employee. She answered my questions about why you should donate to Give it Up!    How would you describe Give it Up! to someone who’s never heard of it before? Give it Up! is a program run by the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA)

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Williamstown Farmers Market – Opens May 20th

This upcoming Saturday is Opening Day for the Williamstown Farmers Market. This year, the market is expanding its produce and prepared food offerings with four new vendors for a total of 29 regular vendors. For a complete vendor listing visit http://www.williamstownfarmersmarket.org/ Among the new vendors, certified organic Mighty Food Farm will start the season with lettuces

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Local, Sustainable Seafood: An Independent Study by Erica Chang ‘18

Erica Chang ‘18 had always been interested in the ocean, but studying away at Williams-Mystic in spring 2016 gave her a real taste for it. When she traveled to the Pacific northwest with the program, she discovered an interest in salmon, fisheries, and our country’s relationship with seafood. It’s ironic, she said: as a vegetarian, she

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Meaningful Mystic Report by Jessica Munoz ’19

Over spring break, eight students and OSL’s Assistant Director for Student Organizations and Involvement Benjamin Lamb went on the Meaningful Mystic Spring Break Out Trip. The students engaged in meaningful work that revolved around environmental sustainability and climate change through a historical lens in Mystic, Connecticut. During late night conversations, they reflected on the issues at hand and deepened their

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Turkey Vulture Hazing at Dodd Raises Questions About Wildlife Management and Land Use

For the past seven years, Assistant Director for Custodial Services and Special Functions Dan Levering told me, turkey vultures have taken up residence on and around Dodd House. Though the vultures first roosted in the trees around the dorm, they’ve grown especially fond of the building’s roof in recent years. Passersby might think the birds

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Learning to Love Local (and Sustainable): Reconsidering Where Our Seafood Comes From

Erica Chang ’18 Originally published in The Williams Record   We have a terrestrial bias at the College. Yes, we live in Williamstown, about 150 miles from the Atlantic, but we are inherently linked to the health and fate of the oceans. The oceans are one of the main climate regulators and its organisms contribute

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Students Take on Renewable Energy Projects

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Art, Food, and Sustainability? An Interview with Eleanor Lustig ’18

“The Ghana ThinkTank is totally separate from everything else I’ve done at Williams,” Eleanor Lustig ’18 told me, one weekday morning in early March. “I got involved because it’s a different angle than I’ve ever taken on sustainability work at Williams.” Lustig has significant experience in activism and sustainability work: She’s a member of thinkFOOD,

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Eco-Advisor Feature: Jane Tekin

Check out our earlier feature of Eco-Advisor Haley Bosse ’20 here!    Jane Tekin ‘19’s commitment to environmentalism has taken her from English classes to the Bahamas. As a 2016-17 Eco-Advisor, she approaches environmentalism from a humanities perspective, writing that she hopes to “change the [campus] aesthetic so that it better reflects the various personalities

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Divest Williams Tackles Climate Justice Under Trump

“Climate Justice Under Trump,” a workshop hosted by Divest Williams on January 24th, represents a deliberate effort by the student organization to demonstrate and enact its commitment to environmentalism as an intersectional justice issue. Divest presented the workshop as part of College Council’s new free university workshop program over Winter Study, a series that encouraged

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

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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 TAM’s Waste Management through the eyes of Sumun Iyer ’18

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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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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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, but most importantly, your community and your planet will thank you. Make environmentally-conscious travel plans Use WSO ride

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