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Image of Michael Pollan

Journalist and bestselling author who has raised the American consciousness of how food gets to our plates

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Susan Sgorbati, the director of the Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action, is a professional mediator and educator whose creative research has led to collaboration across disciplines ranging from dance improvisation to biology to visual arts, as both an artist and a driver of social change.

Forest Abbott-Lum

Awarded Princeton-in-Asia fellowship to work on legal reform and energy issues in the fight against climate change with the Natural Resources Defense Council in Beijing. She now works for the NYC Compost Project 

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When natural disaster strikes, its effects are not experienced outside of history: Lopamudra Banerjee’s work brings together issues of the environment and development to explore how the poor experience such events in disproportionate ways.

Jason Fridley

Named an “exceptional young scientist” for his work on the effect of climate change on invasive plant species

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Donald Sherefkin is an architect whose projects range from urban loft renovations to rural retreats to sacred spaces, extending from the heart of New York City to New England.

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David Bond teaches on the environment and public action. Trained as an anthropologist, Bond studies oil spills and their imprint on environmental science and governance. His work shows how toxic disruptions can fix vital relations with new forms of knowledge and care.

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Leader in the development of sustainable business models, brands, and social movements

Elizabeth Sherman

Elizabeth Sherman is known for her work on amphibians and, more recently, on coral reefs and climate change; she collaborates with student researchers in her study of how animals work — both individually and as part of larger ecosystems.

Chelsea Corr
Former Faculty

As an atmospheric scientist, Chelsea Corr studies atmospheric particles, ranging from very small pollution aerosols to cloud droplets, and the role these particles play in air quality and climate.

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Kathryn Montovan uses mathematical modeling and analysis to understand complex ecosystem interactions and to discover the potential evolutionary causes of insect and animal behaviors. Her teaching is based on active learning techniques and is focused on engaging students of all levels in authentic mathematical inquiry.

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Environmental artist and Guggenheim winner whose work combines art, ecology, landscaping, and infrastructure

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Kerry Woods is an ecologist whose recent work includes long-term studies of old-growth forests, landscape ecology of the Taconic Mountains, and collaborative biogeographic analyses of global temperate forests. His work has been supported by NASA, NSF, US Forest Service, and the Mellon Foundation.

Part II of Making space—for home, for preservation, for performance, for community.


Prazak teaches anthropology and African studies, specializing in economic development and cultural change in East Africa, using multidisciplinary research strategies to address globalization, inequality, culturally-based ways of knowing, gender-based violence, and politics of the body.

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Award-winning journalist, United Nations communications consultant, and author of The Oyster War 

Photograph © Patrick O'Connor

Janet Foley

Janet Foley applies her expertise in inorganic chemistry to study the effects of pollutants in Vermont groundwater, to understand the effects of ocean acidification on coral reefs, and to explore the photochemistry and medicinal applications of gold compounds.

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Robert Ransick draws inspiration from the social and political world we live in, history, and the potential for a future that is better.

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Professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst and senior investigator at Harvard Forest who studies plants’ response to climate change, invasive species, and other ecological threats

John Hultgren

John Hultgren's work explores the theoretical and ideological foundations of environmental political struggles.

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Tim Schroeder applies physical and chemical principles to understand interactions between deep-Earth and shallow-Earth systems. His courses are based on the idea that geology begins as an observational science, but that understanding Earth observations requires a physical sciences context.

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Professor of ecology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and director of the award-winning North Carolina Botanical Garden

Amory Lovins, author of Winning the Oil Endgame and CEO of the Rocky Mountain Institute, will speak at the first annual Four College Issues Forum—a forum founded by Bennington College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, Southern Vermont College, and Williams College "to bring significant discussion of national and global issues to the region and to their campuses."

With a substantial, multi-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bennington will establish a new interdisciplinary environmental studies program. Beginning this September, the program will unfold in the context of the College's major new curricular initiative, which aims to address public needs of urgency, complexity, and importance.

The Princeton Review has recognized Bennington as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, citing the College's new biomass heating system and expanded environmental studies curriculum in its first ever Guide to 286 Green Colleges.

Bennington's campus bike share program, public transportation stop, and student-run organic garden are a few of the new sustainability initiatives that were highlighted last week by the Bennington Banner. Read the article here. 

Columbia University Newberry Professor of Geology Wallace S. Broecker, a major figure in the climate-change debate and one of the most influential geoscientists of the last half-century, will discuss "What Must We Do to Combat Global Warming?" onThursday, September 30, at 7:30pm in the College's Tishman Lecture Hall. The event, this year's Robert H. Woodworth Lecture in the Sciences, is free and open to the public.

Environmental Studies Director Valerie Imbruce was interviewed on WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City this week for a segment on the City's plans to make its food system more locally sourced and accessible to low-income and immigrant communities.

Ecology faculty member Kerry Woods’ research on "Losses in understory diversity over three decades in an old-growth cool-temperate forest" has been published in the March issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.