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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
Chair and Professor of Computer Science
Computer Science Department
Thompson Chemistry Lab, Rm 304
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Mea S. Cook
Associate Professor of Geosciences, Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Fall
Geosciences Department
Bronfman Science Center, Rm 162
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David Dethier
Edward Brust Professor of Geology and Mineralogy
Geosciences Department
Bronfman Science Center, Rm 124Mail to: Thompson Physics
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Joan Edwards
Chair and Samuel Fessenden Clarke Professor of Biology
Biology Department
Thompson Biology Lab, Rm 217
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Laura D. Ephraim
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Political Science Department
Schapiro Hall, Rm 218
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Sarah Gardner
Associate Director and Lecturer in Environmental Studies
Center for Environmental Studies
Kellogg House
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Christopher Goh
Associate Professor of Chemistry, Faculty Fellow of the Davis Center and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity
Chemistry Department
The Davis Center
Thompson Chemistry Lab, Rm 121
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Sarah A. Jacobson
Associate Professor of Economics
Economics Department
Schapiro Hall, Rm 205
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Andrew Jones
Hopkins Memorial Forest Manager
Center for Environmental Studies
Kellogg House
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Pia M. Kohler
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
Center for Environmental Studies
Kellogg House
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Joel Lee
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Anthropology and Sociology
Hollander Hall, Rm 44
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Luana S. Maroja
Associate Professor of Biology, Chair of Biochemistry Program
Biology Department
Bronfman Science Center, Rm 163
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James A. Manigault-Bryant
Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Chair of Africana Studies Program
Africana Studies
Religion Department
Anthropology and Sociology
Hollander Hall, Rm 148
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Lee Park
Interim Dean of the Faculty, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Dean of Faculty's Office
Chemistry Department
Hopkins Hall
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Christopher Pye
Class of 1924 Professor of English
English Department
Hollander Hall, Rm 130
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Jay Racela
Laboratory Supervisor and Lecturer
Center for Environmental Studies
Morley Science Laboratories, Rm 236CMail to: Thompson Biology
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Mérida Rúa
Professor of Latina/o and American Studies, Chair of Latina/o Studies Program
Latina/o Studies Program
American Studies Program
Stetson Hall, Rm 603
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Anand Swamy
Professor of Economics
Economics Department
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.

To find sustainability courses for the school year or for Winter Study, visit the Registrar’s website.

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.

During the 2016-2017 academic year, Confronting Climate Change is the campus-wide theme.  Courses that tie-in specifically to climate change are listed on the CCC webpage.


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 206 /GEOS 206 Renewable Energy and the Sustainable Campus

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

ENVI 208 Science and Politics in Env Decision Making

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

ENVI 102   Introduction to Environmental Science

Envi108/PHYS 108  Energy Science and Technology

Envi 207/GEOS 205  Earth Resources

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

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

Courses focusing on food culture, food systems, food policy, agroecology, and sustainable agriculture at Williams (sustainability course subset)

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 LINK

ENVI 25 California Agriculture LINK

CHINESE 13 Theory and Practice of Chinese Cooking

BIOLOLY 203(F)Ecology (Same as Environmental Studies 203) (Q) LINK

POLITICAL SCIENCE 327(S) The Global Politics of Development and Underdevelopment (Same as Environmental Studies 329) LINK

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES 201(S) Agriculture and Development Strategy (Same as Economics 212, Environmental Studies 212 and Economics 512)

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

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

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

ART HISTORY 310(S) American Agricultural History (Same as Environmental Studies 310) (W) LINK

ECONOMICS 212(S) Agriculture and Development Strategy (Same as Economics 512, Environmental Studies 212 and International Studies 201) LINK

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 14 Sustainable Agriculture: On The Farm

MATHEMATICS 14 The Art and Science of Baking

ECONOMICS 374T(S) Poverty and Public Policy (W) LINK

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 25 Sustainable Eleuthera: Reviving Island Agriculture

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

ENVI 219/ANTH 218 Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 15 Foraging as Business Model: Sustainable Food Sourcing and the Triple Bottom Line (Same as ANSO 15 and Economics 13)

SPECIAL 27 Sustainable Agriculture Course (Same as Environmental Studies 27)

BIOLOGY 422T(S) Ecology of Sustainable Agriculture (Same as Environmental Studies 422T) (W) LINK

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES 209(F) Ecologies of Place: Culture, Commodities and Everyday Life (Same as Anthropology 209) LINK



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