Faculty & Courses

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For the purposes of thinking about sustainability courses at Williams, sustainability is defined as an integrated concept having social, economic, and environmental dimensions.


Faculty who teach sustainability courses1, courses that include sustainability2, or do sustainability research3.  For a list of all faculty who teach Environmental Studies courses, visit the CES website.

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Jeannie R Albrecht
Professor of Computer Science
Thompson Chemistry Lab, Rm 304
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Mea S. Cook
Professor of Geosciences, Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Wachenheim Science Center, Rm 303
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David Dethier
Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy, Emeritus
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Joan Edwards
Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of Biology
Thompson Biology Lab, Rm 217
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Laura D. Ephraim
Associate Professor of Political Science
Schapiro Hall, Rm 218
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Sarah Gardner
Associate Director and Lecturer in Environmental Studies
'66 Environmental Center
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Christopher Goh
Associate Dean for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Professor of Chemistry
Hopkins Hall
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Sarah A. Jacobson
Professor of Economics
Schapiro Hall, Rm 205
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Andrew Jones
Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager
'66 Environmental Center
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Joel Lee
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Hollander Hall, Rm 44
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Luana S. Maroja
Professor of Biology, Chair of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program
Hopper Science Center, Rm 215
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James A. Manigault-Bryant
Chair and Professor of Africana Studies and Faculty Affiliate in Anthropology and Sociology and Religion
Hollander Hall, Rm 218
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Lee Park
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Thompson Chemistry Lab, Rm 102
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Christopher Pye
Class of 1924 Professor of English, Emeritus
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Jay Racela
Lab Supervisor and Lecturer
Morley Science Laboratories, Rm 236C Mail to: Thompson Biology
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Anand Swamy
Chair of the Executive Committee for the Center for Development Economics and The Willmott Family Third Century Professor of Economics
Schapiro Hall, Rm 320


Sustainability Courses

Below are a sampling of courses from the past couple of years that either have one or more facets of sustainability as central to the course or include the integrated concept of sustainability as one part of the course.

Williams Mystic Program – The Williams-Mystic program educates undergraduate students in a semester-long academic investigation of the sea that is accompanied by travel throughout the United States and original research opportunities.

Main Courses

This upcoming semester’s courses surrounding environmental studies and science can be found here and here.

ARTS 215  Sustainabuilding

ARTH 420/ENVI 420/GBST 420/EXPR 420 Architecture and Sustainability in a Global World

ECON 204/ENVI 234 Economics of Developing Countries

ENG 445 World’s End Literary Ecologies of the Limit

ENVI 101 Nature and Society

ENVI 102   Introduction to Environmental Science

ENVI108/PHYS 108  Energy Science and Technology

ENVI 134 F/ BIOL 134 The Tropics: Biology & Social Issues

ENVI 206 /GEOS 206 Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Campus

ENVI 208 Science and Politics in Env Decision Making

ENVI 207/GEOS 205  Earth Resources

ENVI 211/AFR 211/AMST 211/SOC 211  Race and the Environment

ENVI 212/AFR 218/AMST 214 Environmental Justice

ENVI 215/GEOS 215 Climate Changes

ENVI 217/AMST 216  Environmental “isms”: Ideology in the Environmental Humanities

ENVI 218T/ GEOS 218T  The Carbon Cycle and Climate

ENVI 228T/ECON 228T Water as a Scarce Resource

ENVI 302  Environmental Planning Workshop

ENVI 309/HSCI 309/ PCSI 301/SCST 209  Environmental Politics and Policy

ENVI 346/ PSYC 346  Environmental Psychology

ENVI 386/ECON 386/ECON 518  Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management

ENVI 10 Accepting the Challenge: Pursuing Living Building Challenge Certification for the New Environmental Center

ENVI 13/ JLST 13  United States Environmental Law: Its Historic Past, Its Uncertain Future

ENVI 16 Shaping an Eco-Activist’s Life

ENVI 18/ ECON 18  Sustainable Business Strategies

LATS 220/AMST/ENVI 221 Introduction to Urban Studies

PSYC 13  Economic Justice Dialogue

SPEC 25 The Food Workforce: Learning and Labor in the Vermont Food System

PSCI 235/ENVI 235 Survival and Resistance: Environmental Political Theory

Subset Courses

Courses focusing on food culture, food systems, food policy, agroecology, and sustainable agriculture at Williams. Food and agriculture weave paths throughout the academic departments at Williams. A review of recent course offerings reveals the interdisciplinary importance of food as a topic of study in a liberal arts education.

PHYS 11 Elementary Cooking Techniques

ENVI 25 California Agriculture

CHIN 13 Theory and Practice of Chinese Cooking

BIOM 203(F) Ecology (Same as Environmental Studies 203) (Q)

PSCI 327(S)/ENVI 329 The Global Politics of Development and Underdevelopment

ECON 512/ENVI 212 Agriculture and Development Strategy

Students learn about natural dye techniques in Deborah Brothers Costume Design course
Students learn about natural dye techniques in Deborah Brothers Costume Design course

RUSS 206(S) Topics in Russian Culture: Feasting and Fasting in Russian History

ARTH 310(S)/ENVI 310 American Agricultural History (W)

ENVI 14 Sustainable Agriculture: On The Farm

MATH 14 The Art and Science of Baking

ECON 374T(S) Poverty and Public Policy (W)

ENVI 25 Sustainable Eleuthera: Reviving Island Agriculture

SOC 242T(F) Food and Society (W)

ENVI 219/ANTH 218 Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

ENVI 15/ANSO 15/ ECON 13 Foraging as Business Model: Sustainable Food Sourcing and the Triple Bottom Line

SPECIAL 27 /ENVI 27 Sustainable Agriculture Course

BIOM 422T(S)/ENVI 422(W) Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture

ENVI 209(F)/ANTH 209 Ecologies of Place: Culture, Commodities and Everyday Life

1 “Sustainability Courses” – According to the AASHE definition:

Sustainability courses are courses in which the primary and explicit focus is on sustainability and/or on understanding or solving one or more major sustainability challenge. 

2  “Courses that Include Sustainability” – According to AASHE’s STARS definition:
A course that includes sustainability is primarily focused on a topic other than sustainability, but incorporates a unit or module on sustainability or a sustainability challenge, includes one or more sustainability-focused activities, or integrates sustainability issues throughout the course.

3 “Sustainability Research” – according to the AASHE definition.
Sustainability research is research that leads toward solutions that simultaneously support social wellbeing, economic prosperity, and ecological health.

For more info and a further explanation, check out the STARS “Standards & Terms” section