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Center for

Environment & Society

Our vision is a Chesapeake Bay and watershed that is healthy and thriving; one in which natural systems and human communities are in balance. Our interdisciplinary academic programs promote the integration of environmental issues, social values, and good old river mud.

Lecture series, workshops, films and seminars provide new perspectives and professional development opportunities for the campus and the larger community. Competitively awarded student fellowships put students to work on real-world problems, allowing them to build a resume and establish connections in the professional world.

The Center is home to the Chester River Watershed ObservatoryGeographic Information Systems (GIS)Chester River Field Research Station and the Public Archaeology Laboratory. We also host the Chesapeake Semester and the Energy program. 

Our News 

  • For Tommy Heffernan ’18, a trip to Belize was inspiration to get involved with the environmental health of Washington College.

  • 05/18/17 The Baltimore Sun

    Grant Samms, the ShorePower project coordinator for the Center for Environment & Society, writes a column for the Annapolis Capital-Gazette and Baltimore Sun about how Maryland’s model of addressing climate change is both environmentally sound as well as fiscally conservative.

  • In a gathering with community and College organizers of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street that is coming to Chestertown this spring, Lonnie Bunch praised participants for recognizing the power of work to bring people together and define our common past and present.


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