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 »

Zilkha Summer Internviews!

Each summer, the Zilkha Center hires about 8 or so interns in the following fields; Communications, Gardening & Outreach, Artist-in-Residence, Farmington Solar Facility, Sustainability Consultant/Green Offices, Sustainable Food, Sustainable Transportation, Sustainability in Strategic Planning, Or, Submit Your Own Idea!… Continue reading »

Williams College’s New Community Garden!

The college is finally going to put a community garden on campus! Staff, faculty, community members, and students alike have desired a shared space to plant to their heart’s content. At the beginning of last year, a google form was sent out to the public through Daily… Continue reading »

Students and Staff Represent Williams at the 2017 AASHE Conference

Photo (L-R): Mike Evans (Assistant Director), Marshall Borous ‘20, Claudia Reyes ‘18, Elayne Elliott (Sustainability Coordinator) In October, Claudia Reyes ’18 and Marshall Borrus ‘20 attended the 2017 Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education conference in San Antonio, Texas with Zilkha Center staff.  The annual conference… Continue reading »

Community Climate Fund: Local carbon reduction projects

I just can’t seem to stay away from Amherst (really, the Pioneer Valley more broadly), and it’s not the wider range of restaurants and good coffee that are drawing me there. I’m recently taken my second work-related trip to the Pioneer Valley in as many weeks. Williams, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire… Continue reading »

Large Scale Renewable Electricity Projects

Williams, Amherst, Smith, Hampshire (and sometimes UMass Amherst) are working on several joint projects – we’re hoping to amplify our impact, and we help keep each other sane and on track. One project we’re calling the Community Climate Fund.  (Read more about it here.) The other is related… Continue reading »

Academic Collaboration

Academic food studies stimulate discourse within the curricula of many disciplines. A wide range of academic departments at Williams are eager to develop programming with the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program, and/or have coursework that use food as a lens through which to view their subject matter. Continue reading »