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Watch WGBY’s Interview with Williams, Smith & Amherst about the New England College Renewable Partnership

Check out the interview by WGBY’s “Connecting Point” of Amy Johns from Williams, Laura Drauker from Amherst, and Dano Weisbord from Smith talking about our collaborative approach to renewable energy.  

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Help Get Dishes Back to the Dining Halls

Dining Services is conducting an end-of-semester call for dishes that haven’t yet made it back to the dining halls. There are 47 dish return bins located around campus. Please put any dishes that you find stashed away in a common room corner in these bins/boxes – regardless of how encrusted in food they are. Help

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Forward Food Experience – May 3rd in Whitman’s

After learning about their free plant-based culinary training, Eco-Advisor Astrid DuBois ’20 reached out to the Humane Society to see if they might be able to offer the training for Dining Services.  Director Bob Volpi and Executive Chef Mark Thompson were on board and the planning commenced. Wednesday May 2nd will be the training day

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High Efficiency Vehicle Stickers & Parking Spaces

To qualify for a Williams high-efficiency vehicle (HEV) sticker, a car must be on the LEED Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles list.  There is a wide range of fuel efficient, low-emitting cars on the list – more than 4300 qualifying cars from model years 1998-2018. As can be seen on the campus map, HEV

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End-of-Year Computer Recycling program – GreenUp

At the end of each year, students, faculty, and staff can safely and responsibly recycle personal computing equipment. What Can I Drop Off? Laptops, monitors, printers, and other computer peripherals are accepted. When and Where is It? The main GreenUp program – for seniors, faculty, and staff – is May 30-31, & June 1st from 12-2pm at the Facilities barn behind

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Williams Partners with Four Leading Liberal Arts Colleges to Create New Solar Energy Facility

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 19, 2018— Five of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges have formed a pioneering collaborative that will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt hours per year of their collective electrical needs with electricity created at a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine. The partnership represents the first collaborative

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Earth Day Meals on Monday!

In honor of Earth Day, here’s what you’ll find at Driscoll, Whitman’s, and Mission dining halls on Monday April 23rd: Driscoll’s Earth Day Meatless Monday Sweet Beet and Apple Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette Lima Bean Hummus with Tomato Toast Hot & Sour Cucumbers Wild Mushroom Salad with Mint Hot Moroccan Mighty Food Farm Carrots* Root

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Peer Health, the Berkshire Doula Project and the Feminist Collective bring a more sustainable feminine product to campus

At the end of February, Peer Health, the Berkshire Doula Project, and the Feminist Collective collaborated to put on Menstruation Celebration! This event included a talk by Su-Young Kim ‘14 and a raffle of over 75 free menstrual cups. Su-Young is the founder of Halo Cups, a company for social good. Her company sells menstrual

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Thermal Imaging Cameras at the ELC

Interested in learning where in your room or on campus energy is wasted? You can use a thermal imaging camera to see where and how much heat radiates from an object – or in this case, a dog. The Equipment Loan Center has a couple thermal imagers. The Williamstown Public Library also recently got a

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Report on College Building

Do you have questions about how the college thinks about building? Like: How does it decide if and when to build?  What makes one building project happen before another? And how does the college pay for it all? If so, please read the Report on Building, now available on the Provost’s website.  

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WEC Relaunches Compostable Cup Program

With spring semester now in full swing, students have busier schedules and thus, grab more cups of coffee on-the-go. Because compostable cups are not always properly composted outside of the dining halls, the Williams Environmental Council (WEC) reinitiated the compostable cup program in Sawyer and Schow libraries. The project was originally started by the Ghana Think

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Jessica Munoz ’19 Presents Compost Research Project to the Waste and Recycling Group

Winter Study always allows a period for students to make their academic year a little more unique and individualized, whether it’s by conducting a project, contributing to research, or participating in a class or activity for the month. This past term was no different, especially for Jessica Munoz ’19 who presented her project on what

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Fresh Fest at Images March 9th & 10th

Fresh Fest is an annual farm and food film festival at Images Cinema. Friday, 3/9, 7pm: Honey Docs (free) Two 36 minute short documentaries: Keeping the Hives Alive & The Last Honey Hunter. Followed by a panel discussion and honey tasting Saturday, 3/10 at 12pm: Wasted (suggested donation $5) A documentary featuring Anthony Bourdain, Dan

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Keeping Up with Elayne Elliott

Time sure does fly. It feels like just last week that Elayne was arriving in Williamstown, starting to learn the job, and immediately involved in supervising a number of summer interns. Over the past nine months, not only has Elayne seriously upped the ZC’s communications game, deftly coordinated the Eco-Advisor programming, and handled crazy scheduling challenges

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Summer Intern Opportunities with the ZC!

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Summer Opportunities through CES!

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“Podcasts from the Farm” – Student Projects

“Podcasts from the Farm” is a series of audio stories created by Williams College students in a Winter Study course taught by Mike at the Zilkha Center.  Students attended the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s 2018 Winter Conference, interviewed farmers and other food and farming movers & shakers, and created their own podcast episodes.  The topics

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Sustainable Investing Symposium 2.0

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Holiday Farmers Market at Towne Field House

  Stop by Towne Field House on Sunday (12/17) between 10am-2pm for the 9th annual Berkshire Grown Holiday Farmers Market. Shop for your holiday feast, grab lunch, enjoy some live music, and catch up with friends and farmers. Admission is always free and SNAP/EBT is accepted. For more info, visit the Berkshire Grown website or

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Sustainable Winter Shutdown Tips for Staff & Faculty

  As you prepare to leave for break, take a couple of minutes to reduce your impact with a few simple steps:   Unplug devices and appliances in your office  Even if they’re turned off, your electronics still use energy while plugged in. Make sure to unplug your computer, printer, copier, lamps, etc.  If you use

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Students and Staff Represent Williams at the 2017 AASHE Conference

In October, Claudia Reyes ’18 and Marshall Borrus ‘20 attended the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference in San Antonio, Texas with Zilkha Center staff.  The annual conference invites members of various colleges and universities to share and learn ways to position institutions of higher education as global leaders in

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Toner Recycling Program Change

November 15, 2017 from OIT Our print management company, CBS, has partnered with a new toner recycling program. In order to further reduce waste, empty toner cartridges will be shipping in boxes of six rather than one at a time. We have placed seven boxes in different areas on campus in which you can drop

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CES Turns 50!

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Tips for a Sustainable Homecoming

Happy Homecoming, Ephs! With Homecoming on its way, the Williams community is preparing for a weekend of celebration, school spirit and reunions with friends and family alike. While enjoying the events, remember to be sustainable with these tips:  Recycle SOLO cups – Williams looks so much better in purple and gold! Or better yet, BYOC

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Green Revolving Fund Incentivizes Tiered Laundry Pricing

With the arrival of Fall comes changes members of the Williams community look forward to all year: shades of red and orange foliage scattered across the purple valley, warm drinks that complement cooler weather, and Mountain Day, of course.  At the start of this academic year students may have noticed a change located not outdoors

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