Decarbonization

In 2019-2020, Williams College engaged Integral Group to develop and evaluate viable pathways to modernize its energy system and create a carbon neutral campus by 2050. Core project goals: • Cost effective from a life-cycle cost perspective • Technically sound and reliable — providing long-term and flexible zero-carbon solutions •… Continue reading »

Zilkha Center Sustainability Coordinator Job Posting

Sustainability Coordinator Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives   The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity as an entry-level Sustainability Coordinator. This is a two-year term position expected to begin in the late spring of 2021 and has… Continue reading »

Bidding Adieu to Caroline

Caroline and her mostly silent co-worker Baxter In October, the Zilkha Center said goodbye to Caroline Bruno ‘15, who served as the ZC’s Sustainability Coordinator and then Assistant Director for two plus years.  In her time working with the Zilkha Center Caroline oversaw the academic year and… Continue reading »

Intern Update – December 2020

  From the Cross-Campus Sustainability Intern Meet-Up with Swarthmore and Princeton The nine Zilkha Center Interns have been working hard this fall often with campus stakeholders to advance sustainability in particular areas.   Rika and Lauren, the ZC’s Zero Waste Interns, are working closely with Post… Continue reading »

Sustainability Rating Systems

You may have seen that the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 was published a few weeks ago and wondered why Williams wasn’t included in their Top 50. We’re here to tell you about the assessment – as well as a couple of others –… Continue reading »

An Update on Sustainable Food At Williams

By Maria Tews ‘23 Food Sustainability Intern for the Zilkha Center Summer 2020   As the sustainable food intern for the Zilkha Center this past summer, I began my work by researching the College’s current commitments to food sustainability as well as peer institutions… Continue reading »

Fort Bradshaw Scrim Upcycling

Williams College Project Manager Julie Sniezek and Cardinale Montano, founder of tote bag company Lineflax and Roving, recently came together to upcycle the PVC mesh fence wrap used in the Fort Bradshaw construction project.  “The Fort” is housing for first year students in the Graduate Program… Continue reading »

Waste Policy Updates 2020

Compost Collection Bins Each yellow reusable container collection station in the dorms has been paired with a green and grey compost collection bin. You should dispose of your food waste and compostable to-go items – your utensils (including the packaging), napkins, straws… Continue reading »

Virtual Fall Family Days 2020

While we can’t welcome families to campus in person this year, we are excited to share an update about sustainability at Williams with you from afar!   Find more resources for engaging with campus sustainability at Williams here: Self-guided audio tour for Environmental Center… Continue reading »

September 2020 Update on Strategic Planning

The momentum of the push to finalize the strategic plan was slowed due to COVID-19, but the Zilkha Center has been working with the Provost and colleagues across campus to continue to advance innovative sustainability solutions.  We are beginning to lay the groundwork for more specific and detailed… Continue reading »

COVID-19 and Sustainability

UPDATED 11/30/20 Since the spring, staff and faculty across the college have been working on the innumerable pivots necessary to make the college work.  The Zilkha Center has been working with our colleagues to support sustainable operations and has also been keeping track of how the… Continue reading »

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We feel like it’s worth saying again: The Zilkha Center reaffirms our dedication to the work of antiracism and stands in solidarity with others locally, across the country, and the world to condemn systemic racism and police brutality.   We will continue to add our… Continue reading »

Root 2020: A virtual array of Environmental Justice events

Root is a First-Year orientation program in collaboration with the Zilkha Center and Davis Center. With core principles emphasizing sustainability, environmental justice, and social identity, First-Year students in Root have opportunities to think critically about themselves and the world around them. Due to COVID-19 and in line with most other First Days programming, Root 2020 emphasized virtual engagement and learning, a change of pace from previous years’ visits to Soul Fire Farm, apple festivities at the Zilkha Center, and hangouts in Hardy House. Continue reading »

Environmental Module — Online Education Program

In the summer of 2020, Williams implemented an online environmental module for all incoming first year students focused on sustainability on campus. The environmental course created on Glow addressed different sustainability initiatives specific to the Williams College campus. This course consists of short videos and assessments based on the topics… Continue reading »

Reassessing the Campus Approach to Zero Waste

Have you ever considered what happens to your trash after you throw it away on campus? Or how the supplies and materials you use came to be purchased? These seemingly unrelated questions shaped the trajectory of our work as Zero Waste Interns for the Zilkha Center. We partnered… Continue reading »

Sustainability requirements: An Eco Advisor project

As part of her Eco Advisor project, Bless Reece ’22 put together a research paper evaluating the benefits and disadvantages of implementing a campus-wide sustainability requirement for students. “Williams College prides itself on providing the “finest” liberal arts education possible. Yet, the college has yet to place sustainability at… Continue reading »