The Community Resilience Grants, introduced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, invited Williams students to connect with a community organization and investigate: How does your community respond in difficult times? What challenges are being addressed through advocacy, organizing, individual action, businesses, cross-sector collaborations, legislation, education campaigns, etc that you would like to investigate?
Winter Blitz is a community outreach weatherization program that gets students into nearby communities to help seal up houses to make them warmer and decrease winter energy costs for residents. The initiative aims to assist community members who cannot weatherize themselves. You can sign up to volunteer for Winter Blitz and find a handy toolkit to plan your own weatherization program.
Green Offices is a voluntary program which aims to increase the sustainability of workspaces at Williams for faculty and staff. Learn how to make your office more sustainable and tell us what sustainable practices you’re already engaging in by completing the Green Offices checklist. The program has three levels across seven sustainability categories. Each level is designed to further increase the sustainability of your office, and used to assess offices at the College.
Give It Up! enables students to donate their unwanted items at move-out time to local charities and non-profits, benefiting the local community and preventing waste. Donations of appliances, household goods and clothing are sold in the Tag sale at First Congregational Church and the ABC (A Better Community) Clothing Sale in September. Student employees are vital to the success of this important program.
The Zilkha Center and the Willamstown COOL (CO2 Lowering) Committee have been working to align Williamstown’s food waste diversion efforts with the College’s. The “Table-to-Soil” program collects and composts food waste from local restaurants and food establishments. The initiative works with TAM Organics, who operates a commercial food and farm composting facility in Bennington, VT. The initiative diverts tons of food waste from landfills and incinerators.
Root is an Ephventures program focusing on identity, sustainability and social justice. Root provides students with the skills they need to become change-agents on campus and beyond. Recognizing the natural overlap of their work, in 2014 the Davis Center and the Zilkha Center partnered to design Root. We use ‘environment’ to refer to rural and urban, natural and constructed, and sociocultural spaces that shape our interactions with each other and with the world.
Recent Zilkha Center Interns have been working on new initiatives to further integrate sustainability into our various departments on campus. Check out some of our current and future planned projects!