Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.
President’s Climate Action Committee
The President’s Climate Action Committee at Washington College is composed of staff from the Center for Environment & Society (CES), as well as other college staff, faculty, students, and also residents of Chestertown. The Committee’s mission is to help the College meet its obligation to the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. (ACUPCC).
The Community Greening Tool Kit is a “box” of resources designed to assist municipal governments and other organizations in setting up their own community greening programs.
The Center for Environment & Society at Washington College began its oyster stewardship efforts in 2008 with community volunteers on the Chester River and 25 Taylor floats at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge. Funded by a grant from the Friends of Eastern Neck, these projects culminated in 20 bushels of oysters that were placed on a new oyster bar at Hail Cove in September 2009. Hail Cove— an important waterfowl site— was restored by constructing headland breakwaters, laying an arc of stone to promote oyster habitat, and planting aquatic vegetation to protect the isthmus sandbar from erosion. Washington College and the Friends were among 17 partners who contributed to the Hail Cove Restoration project, and in April 2010 received a Coastal America Partnership Award for these efforts. Find out more about Hail Cove.