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News and Announcements

Evening with Bill McKibben
Thursday, October 24
7:00 p.m., McGuinn 121

Bill McKibben, founder of, is a leading voice in the movement to take substantial steps to address climate change and is a well-known author of many books on environmental studies topics, including his two most recent, Oil and Honey and Earth. Co-sponsored by the Lowell Humanities Series and the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Sesquincentennial Symposium
Energy: From the Last to the Next 150 Years
Friday, October 25, 9:00 a.m.
The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons

This symposium will explore the science of energy generation and the politics and policies of energy use. Scientists today concur that human dependence on fossil fuels has changed our climate, particularly over the past 150 years. Some of our greatest challenges in the future will involve discovering new forms of energy, finding efficient routes to energy conversion, and developing national and global agreements on energy management.  Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey ’68, J.D. ’72 and Dr. Susan Tierney, former Assistant Secretary for Policy in the U.S. Department of Energy and Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, will give keynote addresses.

Environmental Studies blog

Visit the Program's blog for updated news, links to interesting articles, and program updates.


Research Videos

Five BC professors discuss the environmental aspects of their research programs. These videos premiered at the Excelling at Sustainability conference.

Dan DiLeo
Catholic perspectives

Video from Front Row

Dan DiLeo of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change discusses the Church's teaching and message on climate change and environmental stewardship.

photo of a tree
Into the woods

Slideshow from @BC

A group of students conducted an inventory of the trees on the Chestnut Hill and Brighton campuses as part of the University’s effort to determine its overall carbon footprint. This slideshow showcases a selection of the University's noteworthy trees.

Course Spotlight

GE 310 Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture

The agriculture of the future must conserve natural resources and processes, and sustain yields to support the food needs of a growing human population. Food represents one of our most fundamental connections to ecosystems. In this course we will learn how the principles of ecology can be applied to the design, management, and analysis of agroecosystems and agricultural landscapes. Lectures will also cover the social, political, and economic forces that drive production systems—from the crops grown to the distribution and transportation of food around the globe.