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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) and the Chester River Field Research Station. We also host the Chesapeake Semester and the Energy program.

Our News 

  • 12/20/16 The Star Democrat

    The collaboration between Washington College’s Center for Environment & Society and Wye River Upper School is featured in this story in the Star Democrat about how students are learning STEM skills through monitoring water quality on the Chester River using technology and tools that CES helps them understand and master.

  • Hank Shaw returns to Washington College on December 3 to talk about preparing and cooking antlered game. 

  • On Oct. 24, National Food Day, the Center for Environment & Society invites local food activist Neoma Rohman to talk about the food systems on Maryland’s mid-shore.

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