College of the Environment
College of the Environment

The most important challenge facing current and future generations of humans will be the quality of the environment and the allocation of dwindling natural resources among populations. In the face of severe challenges, we believe in the possibility of changing the trajectory of humans on the planet for the better. To that end, Wesleyan’s College of the Environment seeks to develop informed citizens who can discuss environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, understand their connections to social or political issues, and derive well-formulated independent conclusions.


COE co-sponsors DIRT! the Movie - Monday, September 28th at 7pm in Powell Family Cinema

Dirt! the Movie

DIRT! The Movie–narrated by Jamie Lee Curtis–brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil. Click here for e-poster. Free to all!

Long Lane Farm Pumpkin Festival - Saturday, October 17, 2015 from NOON - 4pm

Grab your family and friends and join Long Lane Farmers on the farm. There will be lots of music, tours of the farm, a farmer's market, crafts and activities, food and much more! More details to come!

Where On Earth Are We Going? Symposium - Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 9am - NOON in Exley Science Center, Rm 150

8:50 am      Welcome by William Pinch, Chair, College of the Environment
9:00 am      “A Systems Approach To Healthy Places” by Shellae Versey

The challenge of creating healthy places, now and in the future, requires new ways of thinking about the complex and interconnected world in which we live. Systems thinking provides a framework for understanding the dynamics of integrating people, places and policies in ways that promote health.  In highlighting emerging research, this talk offers a new lens for exploring interactions between the environment and health.
10:30 am     “The Artist In The City: Civic Engagement And Social Change Through The Creative Process” by Allison Orr

Using a distinct form of ethnographic choreography, Austin, Texas-based choreographer Allison Orr builds her dances out of the stories and experiences that emerge over her year-long residencies with municipal departments. Over the past fifteen years, Orr has collaborated with city employees across Austin, from sanitation workers to power linemen, firefighters to parks and recreation employees. Orr will discuss her process, show clips of past work, and explore how arts-based civic engagement can uncover that which is essential to the life of an urban community while challenging conventions of art and art-making at the intersections of race and class.

11:45 am - Wrapup