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 »

High Efficiency Vehicle Stickers & Parking Spaces

To qualify for a Williams high-efficiency vehicle (HEV) sticker, a car must be on the LEED Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles list.  There is a wide range of fuel efficient, low-emitting cars on the list – more than 4300 qualifying cars from model years 1998-2018. As can… Continue reading »

Sustainable Winter Shutdown Tips for Staff and Faculty

As you prepare to leave for break, take a couple of minutes to reduce your impact with a few simple steps: Unplug devices and appliances in your office  Even if they’re turned off, your electronics still use energy while plugged in. Make sure to unplug your computer, printer, copier, lamps,… Continue reading »

Tips for a Sustainable Homecoming

Happy Homecoming, Ephs! With Homecoming on its way, the Williams community is preparing for a weekend of celebration, school spirit and reunions with friends and family alike. While enjoying the events, remember to be sustainable with these tips:  Recycle SOLO cups – Williams looks so… Continue reading »

Green Revolving Fund Incentivizes Tiered Laundry Pricing

With the arrival of Fall comes changes members of the Williams community look forward to all year: shades of red and orange foliage scattered across the purple valley, warm drinks that complement cooler weather, and Mountain Day, of course.  At the start of this academic year students may have noticed… Continue reading »

Sustainable Dorm Tips for This School Year

*Click to enlarge* Vampire energy graphic from energysmartshow.com Live Sustainably! Follow these simple tips to reduce consumption and energy use from the comfort of your dorm room. Developing sustainable living habits now will benefit you and the planet for years to come. Things to Buy: Stop… 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 »

How should we reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

How should we reduce greenhouse gas emissions?  That seems like a pretty simple question on the surface, but dig down and things get complicated quickly. Williams has emissions reduction goals – 35% below 1990 levels by 2020, then carbon neutrality (through the purchase of carbon offsets) by the end of 2020. Continue reading »

The Art of Drying Herbs

The chefs with just some of their dried herbs, spices, and essences. by Quan Do ’19, Zilkha Summer Intern 2016 For almost a year now, Jim Guiden, Charlotte Clark and James Godfrey at the Faculty House have adopted a new strategy to combat food waste: drying several types of… Continue reading »

Energy Conservation and Efficiency on Campus

Williams’ emissions come largely from heating, cooling, lighting and ventilating our campus buildings. The College has been investing actively in energy conservation and efficiency in campus buildings since 2007, and will continue to do so – about $1,000,000 every year. That money will be focused going forward on… Continue reading »

High Efficiency Vehicle Parking Spaces

You may have noticed that over the course of the past week some high efficiency vehicle (HEV) parking spaces were installed in two of the lots adjacent to Sawyer Library. As can be seen on the campus map, HEV spaces are next to LEED building projects – the Hollander/Shapiro project, Weston… Continue reading »

Rental houses weatherized

Six rental properties have been weatherized this winter under the Mass Save program.  Cellulose insulation is densely packed into empty wall cavities and under attic floor boards.  Loose-fill cellulose is added to attics to achieve an insulation value of R-60.  The cellulose is manufactured locally (… Continue reading »

Transportation: Air Travel

Air Travel Williams does not keep detailed records of air travel by faculty and staff. The only estimate of annual air travel was done in fiscal year 2007, based on a sample of 450 tickets which had destination information recorded (out of a total 2200 plane tickets). Student travel to… Continue reading »