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.
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.
ARTS 215 Sustainabuilding
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
PSYC 13 Economic Justice Dialogue
SPEC 25 The Food Workforce: Learning and Labor in the Vermont Food System
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
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
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