SPEC 49
Hard Hats, Gloves, and Flashlights: Explore Campus Sustainability and Develop Practical Solutions Winter 2024

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This hands-on course offers students the opportunity to take a deep dive-physically and conceptually-into Williams’ campus sustainability efforts. Applying a weekly theme, such as Energy Systems, Food and Waste, and Landscaping, overlaid with an environmental justice perspective, instructors will take students on tours of our physical plant, climb into the bowels of our steam tunnels, peek into the machine and electrical rooms of a geothermally-powered building, look behind the serving stations at the dining halls, and more to see and discuss with experts the efforts implemented and under way to make Williams a more sustainable campus. In addition, students-in small groups-will develop concrete sustainability proposals for college sustainability funding, thereby giving them the opportunity to shape campus sustainability themselves and develop skills in project proposals.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 25
Expected: NA
Class#: 1362
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s); Other: course participation in discussions and solutioneering
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: First years have preference, then first come, first serve
Unit Notes: Tanja is the director of the Zilkha Center and has worked extensively on sustainability and climate strategy and operations in academia and other settings. She holds a PhD in environmental statistics and policy from the Yale Environment School.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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