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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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In syrup-related news from CES…

Hopkins Forest Maple Jug Design Contest! Showcase your artistic talents in support of the Hopkins Forest maple sugaring operation.  Next year Hopkins Forest will unveil new bottles for their syrup and your design could grace the labels for years to come.  All designs must be adaptable to plastic jugs of 8, 16 and 32 ounces; should depict some aspect

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Students Take on Renewable Energy Projects

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Carbon Offset Research Assistant

The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives and the Provost’s office are seeking a student research assistant for the summer of 2017.  A task force organized by the provost will be researching the theory and practice of carbon offset markets in order to write a report that will guide the College’s approach to carbon offsetting.  The

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Livestream of Bill McKibben’s Talk at Williams on April 20th at 8pm

BILL MCKIBBEN: OUTSIDE THE COMFORT ZONE Bill McKibben will join the Williams Community for an Earth Week talk, “Outside the Comfort Zone:  Working for Change on an Overheated Planet.” McKibben is an author and environmentalist.  His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder

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Recycle Your Pizza Box – Dump It, Flatten It, Stack It

Our recycler is now accepting pizza boxes! Just remember to Dump It Flatten It  Stack It   Dump it – To get the crust, cheese, waxy paper, and the plastic pizza saver out – mostly to make sure critters don’t come in Flatten it – To make it easier on the Campus Recycling Team who will have

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Seafood Survey

Seafood at Williams survey How does the food we eat affect the environment and communities around us? For my independent study project this semester I have been learning about how we might bring more local, sustainable seafood to our dining halls in order both to heal our marine environments and support local communities. In order

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Large Scale Renewable Electricity Projects

Williams, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire (and sometimes UMass Amherst) are working on several joint projects – we’re hoping to amplify our impact, and we help keep each other sane and on track. One project we’re calling the Community Climate Fund.  (Read more about it here.) The other is related to renewable energy purchasing. Williams is actively investigating

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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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Hiring “Give It Up” Student Employees

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Introducing Composting at Eco Café

Eco Café has become more eco-friendly.  Woohoo!   Here’s the sign.   Here’s the bin. There you go. Composting is up and going at Eco Cafe.     For more information about the process of getting composting into Eco, check out this post from a few weeks ago.

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Bet you didn’t know that these things are recyclable..

Did you know that these items are recyclable?       Solo Cups in the plastic/ metal/ glass recycling bins   Pizza Boxes (grease and all) Important recycling instructions  Take out anything inside (crusts, plastic, wax)  Flatten the box  Stack it behind the paper/cardboard/recycling bin                 Aluminum Foil

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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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Fresh Fest 2017 @ Images Cinema

Fresh Fest, a farm and food film festival, is at Images from Friday, March 3 through Sunday, March 5 Admission is free! (Though there is limited seating, and it’s first come, first serve.) Schedule of events Friday, March 3 at 7pm: Forgotten Farms, with filmmakers David Simonds and Sarah Gardner.  Film will be followed by

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“Williams College Joining National Campus Kitchen Effort” – WAMC radio

Williams will become the 60th “Campus Kitchen” site across the country reducing food waste and increasing community food security. Thanks to the students and student groups who led this push! WAMC Northeast Public Radio did a nice radio story on it. Click here to listen to it.

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Waste Audit 2017 report

In January, students and staff from the Zilkha Center and Facilities conducted a Waste Audit.  Previous Waste Audits had been conducted at the college in 2009 and 2013.  The campus recycling team picked up 3 bags from each of 15 buildings across campus and brought them to Lambert garage.  The buildings selected were meant to

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“Environmentally in Love”

Check out “Environmentally in Love,” a song created by Isabelle Carr ’17 as a final project for SPEC 26: Climate Policy in the New Presidency!      

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Composting Coming to Eco Café

In recent months many students have approached Dining Services and the Zilkha Center asking about the possibility of starting a composting program at Eco Café. Over Winter Study the possibility was first seriously discussed at a Waste & Recycling Working Group meeting with Jerry Byers – the Eco Café unit manager – and students representing the Williams

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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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Indoor Worm Composting!

Most people feel have strong feelings about worms.  Variations on Yuck! is what I hear most from people(or get the hint from their body language) closely followed by Cool!  Then comes those who are intrigued, though still not sure, and tip-toe towards our office’s worm composting bin with their heads pulled back a bit, seemingly worried that

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

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Zilkha Center Summer Internships – Now Hiring!

The Zilkha Center is now hiring summer interns! Interns have the opportunity to focus on sustainability projects that impact our campus community. Internships are for 10 weeks, include housing and a stipend.  You can choose a meal plan through Dining. We are hiring a number of interns this summer to do gardening, graphic design, create

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Defending the Environmental Strategy: On The Effectiveness of the College’s Renewable Energy Plan by Luke Baumann ’19

In September of 2015, President Adam Falk and the Board of Trustees announced that the College would achieve carbon neutrality by the end of 2020, first by reducing energy use and investing in renewable energy, and then by purchasing offsets to account for the remainder of our carbon footprint. Many disagree with the College’s decision

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Campus Sustainability Newsletters

The Zilkha Center finally decided we should put out a newsletter. If you’re interested in receiving monthly newsletters with Williams campus sustainability updates, sign up here to receive them.   Here are our first two newsletters. January newsletter  December newsletter Happy reading!   Find more info about the Zilkha Center and sustainability on the Williams campus on our facebook

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