What Happens in the Bathrooms of the Envi Center?

The bathrooms at the Class of 1966 Environmental Center are the only ones on campus with informational posters about the toilets lining the walls, but at first glance they don’t seem much different from any other toilet on campus. It wouldn’t appear to take much thought to press… Continue reading »

Designing a Better Move-out Process

When the clock is ticking on finishing final papers and take-home exams, packing, sorting, and moving out is last on the agenda. Even with that time crunch, donating any unwanted items should be seamless and simple. During Spring semester move out, the Give it Up! pods have been that… Continue reading »

2018 Winter Blitz Helps Local Residents Prepare for Winter

On Saturday, November 11th, almost 150 students from Williams College, Bennington College, andMCLA participated in the eleventh annual Winter Blitz. The Zilkha Center supplies the event with weatherization materials, including spray foam, reusable window kits, door sweeps, and pipe insulation. Participating students worked in teams to weatherize 40 houses in… Continue reading »

Read the latest Williams College Emissions Report

Williams publicly reports its emissions and progress towards goals on an annual basis. Williams’ emissions are calculated by fiscal year (July 1-June 30), rather than academic or calendar year.  The reports are finalized and shared every fall. To read the report and analysis visit:  Fiscal Year 2018 Williams College Emissions… Continue reading »

Take the Survey – Sustainability in our Built Environment

The Zilkha Center regularly fields questions about how Williams’ current and future construction projects support (and don’t support) the college’s sustainability goals.  We’re looking for more information about your priorities and concerns with respect to sustainability and the physical campus. This information will be used to inform the… Continue reading »

ZC Intern Update #2: Heat Wave

This article is about the College’s energy usage data. If you’re interested in the way Williams works to be more efficient and sustainable, you can play with the College’s Projected Emissions Reduction with the Williams Wedge web app. Check it out!… Continue reading »

Weekly Sustainable Lunch

Natalie and Daniel introducing the meal they’ve created. Beets are a recurring favorite Every Thursday, the Zilkha Center interns gather together in the Environmental Center’s kitchen to share a lunch. The interns rotate cooking duties, and every meal is crafted with sustainable ingredients sourced from our… Continue reading »

Welcoming Caroline, our new Sustainability Coordinator!

Please help us welcome the Zilkha Center’s new Sustainability Coordinator Caroline Bruno! Caroline coordinates and manages much of the ZC’s student-facing work including the Eco-Advisors, Academic Year Interns, Summer Interns, and the ZC side of the ZC-DC Root collaboration. Caroline, an alum of the class of 2015, is excited… Continue reading »

Meet the Summer Interns!

Every summer, the Zilkha Center hires students to work as summer interns. For 10 weeks, the interns work in the garden, cook sustainable meals, and work on their own projects for the Zilkha Center. This summer, eight interns have joined us, and we’ll have regular updates on their work… Continue reading »

Give It Up! – End of Year Donation Program

Give It Up! pods are all around campus! Donate your things as you move off campus to benefit: ABC Clothing Sale First Congregational Church of Williamstown Williamstown Food Pantry Konyango Community-Based Organization (in Kenya) Click here to learn more about these organizations “Give… Continue reading »

Help Get Dishes Back to the Dining Halls

Dining Services is conducting an end-of-semester call for dishes that haven’t yet made it back to the dining halls. There are 47 dish return bins located around campus. Please put any dishes that you find stashed away in a common room corner in these bins/boxes – regardless of… Continue reading »

Forward Food Experience – May 3rd in Whitman’s

After learning about their free plant-based culinary training, Eco-Advisor Astrid DuBois ’20 reached out to the Humane Society to see if they might be able to offer the training for Dining Services.  Director Bob Volpi and Executive Chef Mark Thompson were on board and the planning commenced. Wednesday May… Continue reading »