Finally Living After All These Years

In mid-March, the Class of 1966 Environmental Center achieved Living Building certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), becoming just the 34th building in the world to achieve full living certification.  The terraced steps in… Continue reading »

Fiscal 2023 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Finalized

The Zilkha Center recently completed the annual report on the college’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The inventory covers the most recent fiscal year (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) and includes emissions from energy use on campus and by college-owned vehicles, electricity consumption, refrigerant and fertilizer use, waste… Continue reading »

Sustainable Building Policy Update

At its June 2023 Board meeting, the Trustees of Williams College endorsed the college’s new Sustainable Building Policy. The policy continues Williams’ history of integrating its sustainability values and goals into building projects while updating the policy to expand the breadth and rigor of green building design principles. … Continue reading »

Update on the Energy and Carbon Master Plan

The conclusion of the 2020 Sustainability Goals and the finalization of the 2021 Strategic Plan provided the impetus to review the college’s progress in reducing its emissions and develop new goals and strategies that align with institutional priorities and the need to reach net zero emissions by 2050. Continue reading »

February carbon & waste planning updates

Update on Energy and Carbon Master Plan In the fall of 2021 the college initiated the development of a comprehensive energy plan that provides a pathway for substantially reducing our campus greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next 10-15 years.  Dubbed the Energy and Carbon Master Plan (ECMP),… Continue reading »

Zero Waste and Climate Action Plan Updates

Zero Waste Action Plan Update The Zero Waste Action Planning Group, which is led by the Zilkha Center and includes both stakeholders from across campus who engage with waste, surplus, and procurement and student representatives, continues to refine the action steps necessary to meet the waste-related goals set… Continue reading »

Strategic Planning Update May 2021

By Mike Evans & Tanja Srebotnjak At the end of April, President Mandel shared the near-final draft of the college’s strategic plan.  As you may have seen, the plan provides a high level summary of the commitments proposed in the strategic planning report… Continue reading »