The board of trustees at Williams College has unanimously adopted greenhouse gas emissions goals and at the same time affirmed that the “principles and practices of environmental sustainability in general, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions specifically, are institutional priorities.” To demonstrate their commitment, Williams has undertaken $1.5 million in energy conservation projects, including lighting, motors, and lab hood improvements. Fifty percent of buildings on campus have been retrofitted for energy efficiency in the past few years, and the college has committed to LEED Silver or better for all new construction on campus. The college’s Morley Science Center is at the center of a comprehensive energy-saving program that, just by turning off lights and turning down ventilations when the building is unoccupied, has brought down energy use by 17 percent. Almost all of Williams’ regular dining halls are now trayless (a measure proven to reduce water consumption and food waste), and Dining Services spends 10 percent of its budget on organic and locally grown foods. The Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives has given each first-year student a reusable water bottle and lucky students observed using their bottles regularly are awarded gift certificates throughout the semester. A three-year participant in RecycleMania, Williams boasts an overall waste-diversion rate of 40 percent. The Williams College Sustainable Growers student group was recently established and with the assistance of the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Program, founded the Sustainable Garden Project—a garden which boasts over eighty varieties of vegetables and herbs.
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Sustainability-focused degree available
School employs a sustainability officer
Public GHG inventory plan
% food budget spent on local/organic food